Cycling The Pacific Coast Daily Travels

Daily Travels: South Beach State Park, OR to Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, OR

The Ride

Route: Highway 101

Distance: ~85km/53mi

Weather: Rain Showers Till Mid-Morning, Then Clear Skies & Low-20s For The Rest Of The Day [Only Slight Headwinds Kept The Afternoon’s Weather A Touch Below Ideal]

Terrain: The Most Scenic Day Of Riding So Far [Highway 101 Periodically Runs Immediately Beside The Ocean. Cliffsides and Forested Climbs Eventually Give Way To Massive Sand Dunes. All Beautiful.]

Total Climbing: ~675m/2210ft

The Rest

Breakfast: Wrap and Banana          Lunch: Nada [see snacks]

Dinner: Chicken & Potatoes [Bought and eaten at a grocery store in the afternoon.]

Snacks: Highway-Side Wild Blackberries        Beverages: Water

Previous Night’s Sleep: 10:30pm to 7:00am [8.5 hours]

Previous Night’s Accommodation: South Beach State Park [Personal Favourite Park On The Coast So Far.]

The Day In Pictures

This stretch of road, from the town of Newport to Dunes City, was the most scenic day of riding so far. After the morning rains cleared, the weather was nearly ideal [still no days with a tailwind], with low-20s temperatures, blue skies, and sun. I stopped at least one dozen times to snap a picture. On another dozen occasions, I took a mental picture atop my bike to root another memory. The minor hindrance of slower progress on my bike was far outweighed by the memorable scenery. I’m sure the rest of the Oregon coast is stunning, too. This simply happened to be the first day I could experience the coast with a clear, horizon-wide view. Enjoy:

Moments after the rain moved on and the fog finally lifted. My first clear view of the Oregon coast.
Frequent ocean views along this stretch. Rolling hills, with every climb offering another beauty view [and the possibility of more wild blackberries].
Love the windswept trees and greens adapting to the ocean breezes and gusts.
A large group of sea lions far below the road, soaking in the views, too. All bunched together on the right.
From rolling hills and cliffside, ocean views to Oregon’s renowned sand dunes. The dunes extend to the horizon.
Camped at Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park. This park includes several hikes into the vast dunes. Every hill of sand is a workout, especially on tired legs. ATVs roar beyond the trees along another expanse of sand. The ocean lies even further. These dunes are truly massive.

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