Ride Date: 13 September 2011
Starting City: Reedsport, OR
Ending City: Bandon, OR
Ride Stats: 78.41 miles, 3,581' of climbing, 5:24:16
The coastal mist soaked anything outside. Good thing I remembered to put a bag over my seat overnight.
The route today started with 21 miles of riding on US-101, the main north/south route along the Oregon coast. It doesn't get much busier than that unless you are riding on an actual freeway or interstate (which is fun, by the way). riding on a 2 lane road with a 55 speed limit and lots of traffic can be difficult but the shoulder was wide enough. The RVs and semi-trucks have quite the tail wind action.
We had out first view of the coast from the highway just before our first rest stop of the day.
Riding along US 101 was difficult enough but how do you get 2000+ cyclists across one of the busiest highways in the state? You take over an intersection, turn off the stop light and set up a flagger (with the cooperation of the State Troopers, of course). They did this because the (huge) Winchester bridge has very limited shoulders and is under construction.
Once we descended from the bridge area we rode around Winchester Bay, as close as you can get to the coastal wetlands without actually setting foot in them.
The riding was incredibly flat for a few miles as we road around the tidal marshes and flats.
At the next rest stop of the day we saw the contrast between today and the previous day: today's break is between a Safeway and the Fred Meyer in Coos Bay, as opposed to a gravel pit and a BLM campground the day before.
At lunch I met a rider of a very cool bike: Manuel from Germany with his low-rider, carbon fiber 'bent. He said he picked it up from the Troytec factory in Germany and rode it home. They make low-profile racing bikes that go really fast. It was incredibly cool.
Notice the dirt lines? The dust, dirt, and grime of the road was caked on me as if I had applied it like lotion.
I actually visited this State Park as a Boy Scout back in my youth. We hiked down to the tide pools and played the "3 test of bravery" with sea anemones.
As I left the lunch stop I made a last minute decision to check out a botanical garden. Wow, and I glad that I did.
The route after leaving the State Park took us over a road named "Seven Devils Road." They weren't kidding.
A better name for that road would have been "Zone 4 interval training, hill repeats x 7". The eighth devil was the climb up from the water stop. Who puts a water stop in the middle of a set of difficult interval repeats and have it over 100' below the road? Ouch.
As a cool down they sent us through Bandon Dunes Resort, one of the coolest golf courses in the US.
I arrived in Bandon very tired and sore. Good thing the band for the night wasn't that great, it gave me an early bedtime tonight. That night was very cold. I nearly froze in my tent with temps in the low 40s.
- Incredible tidal marshes/flatlands.
- Views at Cape Arago.
- The gardens at Sunset State Park.
- Speeding down the Seven Devils on the drops after climbing up each one.
- Climbing UP the Seven Devils.
- LOTS of road grime on me and my bike.