Vancouver to Southern California Cycle Blog

Sunday July 20, 2014. Day 14 Port Orford to Gold Beach (49km) The north-westerly wind blows fiercely in Port Orford and has a chill in it. The proprietor of our hotel told us that the sea temperature never changes here, so the wind coming off the sea is always cold. At Siren’s this morning, discussing the joys of cycling with this wind ...

Saturday July 19, 2014. Day Off Our day was dominated by the seascape including the magnificent stacks. We even took our fish and chips from the Crazy Norwegian’s  down to the beach. On a long walk along the sands,  we saw Grey Whales spouting not far from the shore. We continued to spy them into the evening from our motel overlooking ...

Friday July 18, 2014. Day 13 North Bend to Port Orford (97km) The Mill Casino Hotel, which we chose partly because it’s owned by the Coquille Tribe, was saved by its stunning setting on Coos Bay and the discovery that we didn’t have to go through the smokey casino to get to the  family restaurant and non- smoking bar. The espresso machine ...

Thursday July 17, 2014. Day 12 Florence to North Bend (81km)  The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area stretches 80km  along almost all our route for today. We sat and gazed at the sight for as long and often as we could. We seemed destined to have to peddle over high, windy, busy, shoulderless bridges. The Coos Bay Bridge at the end of today ...

Wednesday July 16, 2014. Day 11 Yachats to Florence (50km) The Drift Inn Restaurant last night and the Green Salmon, for espresso and breakfast this morning, were as good as we remembered from our visits there with Maritia, Steve and Jade, who were vacationing in Yachats, in October 2011. At breakfast, we chatted with a young man, Evan, who cycles, works in ...

Tuesday July 15, 2014. Day 10 Lincoln City to Yachats (78km) The pictures in the gallery tell all – the spectacular Oregon coast, and we haven’t reached the dunes yet! Wild life notes: Grey Whale: spouting, breaching and showing it’s tail fluke – Depoe Bay We are on the traditional territory of the The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians. From ...

Monday July 14, 2014. Day 9 Tillamook to Lincoln City (89km) … cru­cially, a re­luc­tance by driv­ers to re­al­ize that the world is chang­ing, and cy­clists are not some in­va­sive species akin to pur­ple looses­trife or ze­bra mus­sels, but fel­low com­muters who have ev­ery right to be on the road. (Elizabeth Renzetti, Globe and Mail July 12, 2014) Cyclists that we have met ...

Sunday July 13, 2014. Day 8 Wheeler to Tillamook (37km) It was a cool rainy day and we found refuge in the Tillamook Cheese Factory and the Blue Heron Cheese Company rather than the beaches. We remain on the traditional territory of the Tillamook People. Their’s is a sad story.

Saturday July 12, 2014. Day 7 Astoria to Wheeler (77km) With thanks to Lorraine and Ernest Hemingway.   The Blue Scorcher Bakery and Cafe is named after the first “safety bicycles”, those with two wheels. We left on our four wheels after coffee and carrying pastries and sandwiches. Spence, the driver of the Chevy Biscayne, told us that he had ordered a rhubarb and ...

Friday July 11, 2014. Lois’ Birthday! Lois woke up an offical OAP this morning! She is feeling slightly affronted by the attainment of this grand age, but appreciates that this represents many years of a most wonderful life, which, among other things, has produced 2 amazing childen, 2 amazing children-in-law, 2 amazing grand-children (so far!) and the great good fortune to ...