Halfway through the trip, we left Hood River, Oregon, and headed to the northernmost and westernmost point of our trip … Chinook, Washington. From there, Philip’s plan was to ride his bike all the way down the Oregon Coast over the course of seven days! Three weeks into our six-week adventure, and 1896 of 3718 miles have been “LOGGED” on the Lucky Charm’s odometer. (That was a logging pun. Get it? Logging is huge up here!)
This route down Highway 101 will be 370 miles, comprising a total rise and fall of over 16,000 feet, with more miles abutting the ocean along the official, non-creatively-named “Oregon Coast Bike Route” than in any other state.
Here are some of our favorite sights & stops along the way!
The Astoria-Megler Bridge
We are not so sure about a bridge that is being held together with duct tape.
Cape Disappointment State Park
Not a disappointment AT ALL!
Farmers Markets and Fish Stands = fresh-fresh-fresh dinners at the Lucky Charm.
Cheese and Ice Cream Factory #1 (LARGE)
Tillamook Cheese Factory, Tillamook, OR
Costco is not the only place with free samples!
Cheese and Ice Cream Factory #2 (SMALL)
Face Rock Creamery, Bandon, OR
You know it’s a small factory when they use farm implements to stir their cheese curds.
Heavenly, Deserted Off-Leash Beaches
Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport (one of top ten small aquariums in the nation)
Sing along with Katy Perry … “He kissed a gill, and he liked it ….!”
Blowing and Breeching Gray Whales
As many as 16,000 whales migrate 6,000 miles from lower California to arctic feeding areas.
We saw 7 or 8 together from the Cape Perpetua overlook one morning.
Seeing, hearing, smelling (!!) hundreds of sea lions in the largest sea caves in the world
Because nothing says “Oregon Coast” like 22 life-sized dinosaurs.
Beautiful scenery galore!