We awoke this morning to dark and cloudy skies. No rain but man does this weather make it tough to want to wake up and hit the road.
After packing up camp, we took a spin down to Devil’s Lake but there wasn’t much to see on this gloomy day.
We left Devil’s Lake State Park at around 10AM and made our way south down the Oregon Coast HWY 101.
We made a quick pit-stop for water and then pedaled on to our first viewpoint of the day.
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Depoe Bay, OR
Later we passed through Depoe Bay , OR, home of World’s Smallest Harbor! How many of you can say you’ve been to the World’s Smallest Harbor, huh? You know you’ve got nothing going on in your town when the highlight is having the World’s Smallest Harbor. Too funny!
Avoiding a major hill…
We had heard through the grapevine that we were going to have to tackle a huge hill up ahead so we tried our best to mentally prepare for it. When we reached the foot of the climb we noticed that there was a road (Otter Creek) that forked off to the right along the coast and the Oregon Coast Bike Route sign pointed to the right. We followed it down and passed over this really cool looking bridge.
After passing over the bridge we followed a trail of windy roads which cut through the edge of the forest. We looked up to our left and heard the cars and trucks struggling to climb the hill that we just avoided.
Our next stop of the day was the Cape Foulweather lookout point which is 500 ft above sea level.
Welcome to Newport
By the time we reached Newport we were cold, tired and hungry. We spotted a buffet called Izzy’s up ahead so we pulled over and made a decision to give it a shot. At this point we were just looking for somewhere to warm up and charge our electronics before we made our way out to South Beach State Park.
The Newport slogan is “the friendliest”, which I’m assuming means the friendliest town in Oregon. After a couple of hours and many courses of food we got to talking with our server who, coincidentally, was one of the friendliest guys we have met on the trip so far.
South Beach State Park
After Yaquina we rode another few miles until we arrived at South Beach State Park, our home for the night.
Tomorrow our plan is to cruise from Newport to Florence, OR, yet another 50+ mile day!
Today’s Mileage: 32 mi