Route: Cape Lookout Road, Sandlake Road, Highway 101
Weather: Mid-Teens and Foggy, Mostly [Warmer, Sunny & Above The Low-Lying Clouds on Every Solid Climb]
Terrain: Rolling Hills and Flat Stretches, Two Challenging Climbs [1) Leading out of Cape Lookout, 2) Through Siuslaw National Forest]
Total Climbing: ~855m/2800ft
Breakfast: Wrap and Banana [Still tired of oatmeal!]
Lunch: Nada [see snacks]
Dinner: Rice with Taco Seasoning and Meat [Bought at a grocery store in the afternoon.]
Snacks: Clif Bar Beverages: Water
Previous Night’s Sleep: 9:30pm to 7:00am [9.5 hours]
Previous Night’s Accommodation: Cape Lookout State Park [$8 for hikers/bikers at Oregon State Parks. Great deal.]
Sort-Of Quick Hits From a Spectacularly Foggy Day
- Some moments are meant to be publicly embarrassing. Sometimes, the world just won’t let you experience a misstep in silence. In this particular episode, I fell to the ground near the top of the climb in Siuslaw National Forest. Nothing more than a moment of clumsiness. I was preparing to stop for a quick breather and drink of water. As I unclipped my shoes from each pedal, I sought to set down my left foot. Then, my left shoe quickly and unexpectedly re-clipped. Before I could react, I was tumbling over leftward in an helpless, arms-waving heap. Of course, with nothing but wilderness for miles in each direction, there had to be a wanderer walking down the hill on the other side of the highway. I guess it had already been decided that I endure this moment with a set of eyes witnessing the whole debacle. I didn’t notice him until he laughed heartily and asked if I was OK. I looked at my scraped left knee and responded sarcastically, “I’m falling apart, man!” He shook his head and kept wandering down without a further response. I brushed myself off and finished the climb. Thousands of kilometres on this bike and I’m still vulnerable to moments of weakness.
- Cape Lookout State Park is an incredible place to beach and camp. Even in a persisting fog, the scene was a beautiful concoction of trees, sandy shores, and cliffs. I could hear the lapping waves from my tent. Rarely felt easier to fall asleep or rise in the morning.