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Cycling the Coast

Somewhere off Highway 101 in Oregon

I just spent the last twelve days cycling down the coast from Portland to San Francisco, my first bicycle tour since Baja four years ago. I’m not much of a recreational cyclist and had only done about 50 miles of biking all year before setting out from Portland, but I do love touring. It’s such a great way to see the landscape. There’s been about a four year gap each time before my next tour, but I already have a few tours in mind that I want to do and I had a great time on this one, so hopefully it won’t be so long before my next one.

On 101 North of Gold Beach

The Oregon coast was great; I’d never been there before, so it was all new to me. The section of coast between Port Orford and Brookings was my favorite section of Oregon riding. Hiking in the evening in the sand dunes of the Oregon Dunes Rec Area was a highlight off the bike.

North of Westport off Highway 1 in California

California was more familiar to me. The route was entirely on roads that I had driven before, but it was great to do them on a bicycle. The ten miles through the redwood trees of the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway in the Prairie Creek Redwoods and the thirty miles of the Avenue of the Giants further south in the Humboldt Redwoods were probably the overall highlight of the trip. I’ve wanted to ride a bike through the redwoods for years.

On the Golden Gate Bridge back home

I took very few photos on the road. I did some drawings, but they were quick thumbnails for myself and probably not worth posting. For proper posts and photos about bicycle touring the coast, you can check out the blog of one of the tourers I met on the road. My rear wheel makes a cameo appearance in a photo of a temporary spoke repair he performed for on my bicycle.

For my own sake, to help me remember the trip in the future, the campsites are listed below the jump.

Glen Alder Campground, Nestucca River Road
Beverly Beach State Park near Newport
Honeyman Memorial State Park just past Florence
Bullards Beach State Park at Bandon
Turtle Rock RV Park just past Gold Beach
Mill Creek Campground of Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
Hidden Creek RV Park in Trinidad
Burlingame Campground in Weott, Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Wesport-Union Landing State Beach near Westport
Manchester Beach State Park near Point Arena
Bodega Dunes Campground, Bodega Bay


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