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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Oregon Trail, Day 2

Day 2- up at 6:45, and felt pretty efficient getting packed and out of campsite, at least until I started playing around with my GoPro setup and Scala. On the road a little after 9. Here's the views in the campsite and nearby.

During the night I was up a couple times, and could see the stars brightly shining through the pine canopy above. Very nice! There was also a large collection of raccoon footprints on the motorcycle seat and tank, so apparently I wasn't alone enjoying the view. I had covered the bike, so my visitors (or was I theirs?) we're enjoying their own tent under the bike cover, much as our cats do at home.
I finally reached the Oregon border around 10, and had a 2nd breakfast/brunch in Brookings. I noticed very soon after arriving, the people in Oregon seem friendlier than Californians, and less in a hurry as well. It's nice!
This view is from Seal Cave, apparently the worlds largest sea cave. I didn't go in, but the view there was nice and I needed to stretch my legs. Here's another shot of the bike along the Oregon coast. 
Once again, the trip today took far longer than I anticipated because of 101 running through many small towns and my stops to make sure all was well with the bike or take breaks. Hey, I'm on vacation. About the bike- everything is working fine, but it's definitely showing it's age. If I were to make changes, at least I would put bar risers on it to avoid being so sore between my shoulder blades. Next bike should have more upright ergos for sure.
At one of my stops (Devil's Kitchen... Why is every body of water here named devil something? Kitchen, Devil's Lake, Devil's Chasm... What's up with these people?) a couple other bikers from Minneapolis stopped by and we exchanged route advice. One was on a new BMW F800 and the other on an old R65. I guess my bike isn't that old after all. I mentioned to them that what I heard about the beauty of the Oregon coast and 101 isn't what I thought. 101 has nothing on PCH1. Then again, 101 is a tool to get places, even in CA, where 1 is a showcase of the coast. It's still a nice ride up here, but you can't fairly compare CA coast riding with OR's. Up here the coast is a little more soft and lush.
I finally got to Lincoln City where I'm stopping for the night. I had a GREAT meal at the Bay House in the south edge of the city, for half what I would have paid in the Bay Area. If you're local try it. I also enjoyed this view over dinner.
It's been raining on and off all day, and I have the gear for it, but I'm staying at a KOA cabin because the price is very close to a tent site price and I don't feel like tenting in the rain and packing wet gear in the morning. Also, they have outlets to charge all my farkle again. I took some GoPro video and will post it later.

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