Pacific Coast Bike Tour Day 6: Astoria to Fort Stevens

Rt. 101 Oregon Coast Bike RouteOur first rest day of the tour was in Astoria, OR. I spent most of the day nursing my knees so that we could get back on the road and make our way down to Rockaway Beach over the course of the next few days.

Day 6 was a really short day for us and a great test for my knees after taking a full day off of riding. Today our plan was to ride from Astoria, OR to Fort Stevens State Park.

This would be officially the first time our tires touched down on the Oregon Coast Hwy (Rt 101). The 101 is going to be a road we’re going to have to get mighty familiar with as it’s literally the one and only road that we’ll be cruising on for all of Oregon and even parts of Northern California.

Riding from Astoria to Fort Stevens

We crossed the bridge from Astoria to Warrenton and stopped off at a Walgreens to pick up some knee braces to keep my knees in line for future rides. From there we cruised an easy 9 miles to the entrance of Fort Stevens State Park.

Fort Stevens State Park

Fort Stevens State Park

I ran into the registration office and registered a hiker/biker campsite for us for the night. At $6/per person, you really can’t beat the value.

Right around the corner from the front office is the hiker/biker camp area of the park. We unloaded our bikes and slapped our tent up for the first time this tour.

Camping at Fort Stevens State Park - Oregon

After we secured all of our gear we headed out on the bikes to grab some food down at a local restaurant called Buoy 9. I made sure to ask around before going there and everyone seemed to say the same thing. Go to Buoy 9!

I ordered the Grilled Chicken & Ham Sandwich served on garlic bread and it was absolutely delicious.

Chicken and Ham Sandwich Buoy 9 Restaurant

The Peter Iredale Wreck

After lunch we spun back around and did some sightseeing inside of Fort Stevens. One of the coolest parts of Fort Stevens State Park is the Peter Iredale Wreck.

Peter Iredale Wreck

The Peter Iredale ran ashore on October 25, 1906 en route to the Columbia River and was abandoned on Clatsop Spit on the beach of Fort Stevens.

We spent some time snapping photos of the wreck and even shot some cool jump photos. Here’s my favorite one of Will jumping next to the wreck.

Peter Iredale Wreck Jump Photo

Once the sun set we headed back to camp and got some much needed rest. It wasn’t the most comfortable night of the tour, but it was definitely manageable. Tomorrow we plan on riding from Fort Stevens to Rockaway Beach, OR where we’ll spend a nice day off with our friends Jaime & Tommy.

Today’s Mileage: 25 mi (10 from Astoria to Fort Stevens and 15 miles of sightseeing)

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2 Comments

  1. Claire

    May 14, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    It was an interesting blog. Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with us. Good luck to your trip.

  2. Pershy

    May 15, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    These Fort Stevens State Park looks interesting. I like the ambiance of the place very relaxing. Thanks for posting.

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