Posted by: robinson2000 | August 29, 2010

The Wonders of Oregon

Since our rest day we’ve had 3 marvelous days of pure joy in the saddle. We’ve just completed another 170 miles to add to the total most of which has been along highway 101 that hugs the Oregon coast line.

Last night we treated ourselves to a motel just to be able to crash out on a proper bed for one night. Over the past 2 weeks we’ve only been in a motel once so our bodies were overdue a nice soft bed and some awful American television. We dined in a restaurant called Sizzlers which prides itself with an all you can eat menu. For $15 each we had an all you can eat salad as a starter, a rack of ribs and a baked potatoe for main, and then as much ice cream and toppings that you can eat for dessert.

Today we’ve covered about 60 miles since breakfast over some amazing scenery. The climbs haven’t been to bad and there’s been a constant tailwind to gently push us along which adds a couple of mph to your speed. We stopped for lunch at a place called Cape Perpetua where you could see hundreds of small seals bobbing about in the ocean.  As we coasted down some of the hills an eagle with a metre wingspan glided level with my bike no more than a couple of feet away and flew parallel to me for about 5 seconds. Unfortunately I didn’t have the time or the nerve to get the camera out whilst flying down a hill at 36 mph. We’ve ended the day at a campsite called Jessie M. Honeyman State Park which is situated in the middle of some sand dunes where you can rent surf boards and buggies to ride the dunes. I think this calls for a rest day. Only 3 more cycle days till we reach the 1000 mile mark, the California border and the halfway point!

Mood : really enjoying the ride but starting the feel some of the aches and pains.

Music : The Shins and Death Cab for Cutie

Top Speed : 38 mph

Punctures : still zero but had to change the rear tire as it wore thin after only 600 miles

Mileage : roughly 850 

Highest Hill Conquered : 752 feet of pure hell

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