November 15
Km’s Pedalled –
63.5 km’s

Destination – Willamina

Some Notes – Based on yesterday‘s experience in the rain I thought today was going to be absolutely miserable.  When I woke up the rain had stopped and it was overcast.  While the sun didn’t exactly come out today was far more enjoyable than I expected.  It did rain a little on and off lightly throughout the day.

A juvenile Northwest Salamander.  He wasn’t doing to good.

I’m actually headed inland from the coast to McMinnville for a few days to reconnect with someone from my past.  Jake Volz was a Voortman Cookie distributor back when I was a truck driver.  I probably delivered to Jake 7-8 times over the years.  I ended up biking through Siuslaw Forest and thoroughly enjoyed my day.

Biking today reminded me how much I so enjoy Oregon (I just wish it was possible to dry out at the end of each day).  On a sidenote many sections of the roadway has little or no shoulders.  Biking in Oregon continues to be on the dangerous side.

Siuslaw Forest

I am not 100% sure what my plans are leaving McMinnville but due to the current weather (rain) I bypassed a scenic route to the coast from Tillamook, Cape Lookout and Pacific City which were all on my radar to visit.

November 16
Km’s Pedalled –
27 km’s

Destination – Youngberg Hill Winery in McMinnville

Taken from their website

Some Notes – The morning was a little miserable.  I took my tent down in the rain but I did not have far to pedal to get nice and dry.  I saw a lot of Oregon Newts and small frogs dead on the side of the road.

Youngberg Hill Winery

It was a heck of a climb up the hill to get to the winery.  I confess I needed to push my bike for the last part. I am staying at the most luxurious place I have ever stayed thanks to Jake Volz who only a few days helped me get dry at his aunts in Nehalem.  I did a little work but I also watched a bit of TV.

Youngberg Hill Winery & the sky

November 17
Some Notes – An uneventful day – wet and rainy.  Jake brought me a 2 Safari Arie baseball caps.  They look absolutely awesome.  I did get 2 blogs posted and a Road Show with Brandon done this morning.  I also watched more TV.  My gear is dry and organized once again.

Jake had some custom caps made for me

November 18
Probably the laziest day of ride.  I worked just a little bit but I mostly watched tv until 3am.

Youngberg Hill Winery

November 19
Km’s Pedalled – 57 km’s

Destination – Willimamina (exactly where I camped Nov 15 on my way to the winery)

Some Notes – Mixed weather of partly sunny and overcast and some light rain today.

I biked into McMinnville for a few supplies and to mail a box of crap home (to PEI).  Then Jake and I did photos and drone footage around McMinnville and surrounding area till almost dark and then I biked to my old camping spot from the other day.  It’s dropping to 1 degree tonight

Due to the rain I originally bypassed Tillamook (scenic loop), Cape Lookout and Pacific City to get to the winery quicker.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to attempt to see these places.  But with the weather the way it is I am more interested in heading south.  Note to readers: these places are probably worth the visit if you are in the neighborhood.

With Jake Volz and my old camping spot

November 20
Km’s Pedalled – 69 km’s

Destination – between Kernville and Lincoln Beach

Some Notes – A cold, foggy and overcast morning.  The sun that was promised did not come out until the afternoon.  Overall, the temperatures were on the cold side.  At least I was cold mostly all day.

A nice sunset at Lincoln City.  It was hard to find a place to camp.  I got stuck in the dark but found a place just in time.  Traffic was busy all day long.

Lincoln City

Notice the frost?

November 21
Km’s Pedalled – 29.5 km’s

Destination – just past Beverly Beach

Some Notes – Another cold night.  I woke up to frost on the ground, but also to sunshine.  It ended up a beautiful sunny day.  I met Jake for some drone footage along the coast at Boiler Bay & Depoe Bay.

Frost

Taken from Boiler Bay

Note- A road cyclist told me to turn off Otter Crest Loop near Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint to follow the shoreline.  Super glad that I did.  A really good day except for low km’s, but the drone footage will be way worth the time.

Depoe Bay & with Jake Volz – notice the drone

November 22
Km’s Pedalled – 61 km’s

Destination – Cape Perpetua/Siuslaw National Forest

Some Notes – I got lucky that the rain did not come until the afternoon.  I was able to break camp, make breakfast and visit a few lighthouses before the rain started. – Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

I would have considered going to the Oregon Coast Aquarium this afternoon.  The Google Reviews were good except that many parts of the exhibit were closed due to Covid-19.  At $25 a ticket I would have to get the full experience for me to go.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse

It rained the whole afternoon.  I am stealth camped at Cape Perpetua/Siuslaw National Forest.  I got here as it was getting dark (and raining) and finding a camping spot was priority.  This looks like an amazing place to visit and take photos in the nice weather.  Which I don’t have.

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

I got lucky.  The rain stopped long enough to get my tent up.  I am fairly dry inside my tent and my clothes aren’t too bad either.

And apparently, I missed Thor’s Well?  This was on my list of places to visit.  I never saw a sign for it?

November 23
Km’s Pedalled – 66.5 km’s

Destination – the highest mountain peek between Florence and Reedsport

Some Notes – It was the warmest temperatures last night in a long time.  But the tent floor is not very flat.  It appears that I did not pick the greatest camping spot.  I didn’t sleep the greatest and it didn’t rain very much last night.  I can hear light rain outside.  I am struggling to leave my sleeping bag.

The rain stopped as soon as I got on the road and by 12pm the sun was out.  I visited Heceta Head Lighthouse.

Heceta Head Lighthouse

With the sun out I was having an amazing day.  I was thinking I was one of the luckiest people in the world being on my bike ride.  Tonight, I discovered that I left a cross member tent pole on the ground this morning – 61 km’s away.  I am so pissed with myself.

Using a bungee cord to help keep the tent fabric tight.  Notice how thin the tent is now

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