I will miss the coast

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Tugman to Wakonda beach

We most certainly packed a good amount in on this leg.  We got up early and were off before 9:30am.  We hit the road at a good pace. There were times were it felt like we were biking through the Adirondacks.  After about 2 hours and 30 minutes we came across a little local diner before Florence, Oregon.  We had already gone 30 miles so it was a good time to eat, and eat we did.  Another hour of riding before we didn’t feel like our stomachs were going to explode.

After leaving Florence we were back on the coast and made a few stops, including the Heceta Head Lighthouse and Devils Churn.  The ride from Florence to Yachats was remarkable, but the 101 has virtually no shoulder, lots of switchbacks, a very narrow tunnel and a lot of elevation change.  Nothing we aren’t use to but this day was particularly busy.

 Heceta Head Lighthouse

Heceta Head Lighthouse

 Devil's Churn

Devil's Churn

At one point Ryan almost took Erik and I out when he stopped on a steep incline to pick up a colorful hat on the side of the road.  We were told this stuff is called roadkill, and Ryan was the first to actually grab something.  The strap on the back of the hat is broken but he has added fixing it to his chore list.

After grabbing fried chicken and beers in Yachats and eating it in the parking lot, which got us loads of dirty looks, we headed to Wakonda Beach Campground and set up for the night.  It was a nice campground with a decent group of bikers already there.  I’m starting to get a little sore in the groin area and will be looking forward to the 4 daybreak in Portland.

 

Miss you Muppet

Oh yeah, Erik got the first flat of the trip.  I think that nail had something to do with it.