Pacific Coast Bike Tour Day 7: Fort Stevens to Rockaway Beach
Our first night in the tent was far from pleasant although we learned a lot from our mistakes.
The first mistake was not preparing ourselves when it came to creating a makeshift pillow for the night. The second mistake was the fact that we didn’t prepare for the temperature to drop to the mid 30′s overnight. We tossed and turned through out the night and by the time the sun came up we were ready to pack up and hit the road.
To Cannon Beach!
My plan was to take it easy and see what the first 25 miles felt like on my knees. As it turned out, the ride was super flat and we we’re cruising at a good 15mph the entire first half of the day.
Lunch at Angelina’s
We stopped for lunch at Angelina’s in Seaside, OR and enjoyed every last bite of our sandwiches.
If you’re heading down the 101 past Seaside, be sure to stop into Angelina’s. I highly recommend the Chicken Parm!
After lunch we pedaled on down the 101 to Cannon Beach and checked out Ecola Park. We stopped to ask two young women for directions to Ecola Park and they told us that we had just passed the road to get to it. They also told us that the road out to Ecola was smooth and flat. We laughed and joked about the fact that we were pushing our heavy bikes up the extremely hilly road out to Ecola Park. Straight? Flat? It was the complete opposite!
By the time we reached Ecola Park our legs were exhausted from pushing our bikes uphill. My bike felt a little weird and it wasn’t until I looked down that I noticed I had a flat tire. My first official flat tire of the trip and it has to happen as soon as we get all the way out to Ecola Park?
After inspecting the tire I found a tiny hole which I ended up patching up. I must say I did a damn good job considering it was my first time ever patching a tire. Thank you very much!
We rolled down the hill to catch a glimpse of what we hoped would be a beautiful view and a beautiful view it was.
While exploring Ecola I got a text from my friend Jaime who has a beach house out in Rockaway Beach, OR. She wanted to know if we were planning on heading down to Rockaway which was at this point about 30 miles away from where we were. We thought about it and after the smooth day we had so far we decided to give it a shot and pedal our way out to Rockaway Beach.
On our way we experienced our first tunnel of the trip. The coolest part about the tunnel is that there is a button for bikers to press at the beginning of the tunnel that turns on a set of caution lights for oncoming motorists letting them know that cyclists are riding in the tunnel.
A few miles after the tunnel we stopped off at this viewpoint right along the edge of the Oregon coastline.
We arrived in Rockaway around 7pm and waited for our friends Jaime and Tommy to arrive home. Once they arrived they showed us to our room, cooked up some pizzas and before we knew it was time for bed.
Today’s Mileage: 56 mi