Pacific Coast Sierra Cascades Bike Trip Day 12 – Dodging the Rain

On the road at 6:45. The weather forecast called for rain today. The 20-mike run to Reedsport stayed well away from the ocean. This stretch of coast featured sandy areas, wetlands and lakes (see photo). Lots of US Forest Service campgrounds. I demolished a second breakfast the size of a shield volcano at Don’s in Reedsport. Similar forested terrain with lakes and wetlands continued to North Bend and Coos Bay. I ate lunch of tortillas, PB, and J in front of a gas station. I pressed on into a head wind on Hwy 101 toward Brandon. The highlight, if you call it that, was a black bear beside the highway. The bear was sitting upright with its arms extended. I wondered if it had just been hit by a vehicle.

I skipped Bullards Beach State Park at Bandon, thinking I could stay in a motel in Port Orford. The headwind intensified and my energy flagged. I opted at camp at a KOA about 12 miles short of Port Orford. There I met a college kid from Georgia Tech on a western states road tour. He was having a fine time. Rain is supposed to fall all night. 89 hard miles today.

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