Pacific Coast Bike Tour Day 14: Coos Bay to Humbug State Park
We woke up this morning feeling refreshed after a really relaxing day off yesterday at the Motel 6 in Coos Bay, OR. As soon as our tires hit the pavement we instantly looked at each other and thought man it’s great to be back on the road.
The Big 500!
Just a mile down the road my bike computers odometer hit the big 500. That is, 500 miles since we started this bike tour!
Feeling great and hauling weight…
With a great start to our morning, we pedaled on through Bandon, OR and passed a group of high school road cyclists on a trip to the Redwoods. A little ways down the road we pulled off to the side of the road to let them pass by us. They came cruising by us and to be honest I was sort of jealous that they didn’t have to carry any weight and had a support vehicle tailgating them the entire way. Must be nice! It wouldn’t be the last time we spot these high schoolers along the way.
We stopped off at Subway for lunch, it seems that there’s a Subway every 25 miles here in Oregon. I never liked Subway until I ventured out on this bike trip. Now I’m eating it a few times a week.
After lunch I spent some time basking in the Oregon sunshine while Will walked over to the espresso stand and walked through the drive thru. He’s been really loving the espresso stands out here in Oregon.
On the road again…
It was time for us to hit the road and tackle the last half of our day. We had about 33 miles to go before we hit Humbug State Park, our camp spot for the night.
We stopped off at Battle Rock City Park in Port Orford to take in the views of the rock formations poking out of the water in the distance.
From Battle Rock, we pushed on to Humbug State Park.
We arrived and once we setup camp we met up with another cyclist named Sarah. We chatted with Sarah for a while and then we all took a stroll down to the beach just before sunset.
After sunset we headed back to camp and Will started a fire on his iPhone. Thanks to the digital fire we stayed warm through out the night.
While I enjoyed the atmosphere of Humbug State Park there was just one problem. Mice.
I woke around midnight to noises outside of our tent. All of our food was in a sealed bag inside the tent and we hadn’t had any issues at any of the previous Oregon state parks. This one however, has a serious mice infestation.
The mice were climbing up the netting of out tent between the tent and the rainfly. I watched their shadows crawl up to the top of the tent and once they reached the top they would slide down the other side, some landing just inches from my head. It was one of those situations where you know something won’t hit you but you’re so close to it that you still dodge it as if it was coming right towards you. Needless to say I didn’t get much sleep. As a matter of fact I barely slept at all.
Once the early morning came I must have passed out because I don’t remember falling back asleep. When we awoke the mice were long gone. I couldn’t wait to pack up camp and hit the road. To our surprise, everything that we left outside including our helmets, sneakers, towels and more had mice feces all over it. Disgusting isn’t even the word!
Just an FYI for those who are planning on staying at the hiker/biker sites at Humbug State Park, we stayed at the HB3 spot. If I were you I would see about staying down near the front of the park next to the bathrooms if you want to avoid the mice! Our friend stayed down there and had no issues with mice at all.
Today’s Mileage: 58 mi