Cycling The Pacific Coast Daily Travels

Daily Travels: Cape Lookout State Park, OR to Beverly Beach State Park, OR

The Ride

Route: Cape Lookout Road, Sandlake Road, Highway 101

Distance: ~90km/56mi

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

The Rest

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.

Pictures of the Day

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The beach at Cape Lookout State Park. Tide is slowly coming in. The hiker/biker sites are within earshot of the waves. The most beautiful park I’ve visited so far.
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Lingering coastal fog lifted momentarily just outside of Lincoln Beach. This entire stretch of the coast is beautiful and scenic even in the low visibility.

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Sharing a moment with a meditating seagull. Or, the bird is simply waiting for humans to deliver more food. Either way, I savoured the moment. The Oregon coast occupies the background.

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