In the summer of 2009 I rode my bike 2100 miles down the Pacific coast from Blaine, WA to San Ysidro, CA. I started riding on Aug. 12th and reached the border on Nov. 22nd. This is my ride diary. The prelude to this diary can be found here.
- Day 11 8/22
- 56.09 mi.
- 13.1 mph av
- 4:17 hr
- 645.0 tot mi.
- 2326.1 odo
It hasn’t been too long since I last wrote in here. The hangover didn’t stick around thankfully. Chris however looked like the walking dead. I said my goodbyes and was on my way at about nine.
The ride out was great I caught a tail wind and literally sailed down the coast. The views were amazing all day. I love the ocean! Went through a lot of smaller towns today. Saw places where I stayed with my family on vacations. The views started to get really cool at Seal Rocks. I wanted to get up close and check them out but I kept moving. After that was Waldport which was cool too. Lots of seafood in that town. Yachats was good to see as well. Neat little town.
I ate lunch watching the waves crash on the rocks at cape perpetua. That was awesome. I could have watched them till the tide went out. I even got splashed by one! I was walking around near the rocks and a giant wave came in and surprised me. I got wet but not soaked. Then I went and watched the spouting horn go off for a while.
All very cool. The roads in that area were fantastic. They had good shoulders and were all newly paved. Combined with the sailing effect from the buckets I really enjoyed the ride. Not to mention I was cranking like no other! There was another tunnel today. Not nearly as long and frightening as the arch cape tunnel.
At the top of the headlands there were sea lion caves. I went in but tickets were $11 so I passed. In the parking lot a guy gave me some really excellent smoked salmon. Some of the best I’ve ever had. I was a minor spectacle in the lot. Two guys came up to me and just started asking questions. One even too my picture with out asking!
I ended up at Honeyman State Park. It’s right next to all the Oregon sand dunes. I explored one for a bit when I rolled up. Nothing unexpected but I did take a couple pictures.
- Ate one banana
- Spent $7 today.
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