Pacific Coast Sierra Cascades Bike Trip Day 8 – Into Oregon

After a cool night, I headed south at 7. Much of the first 20 miles of riding ran along the eastern edge of Willapa Bay. Tidal marshes and oyster processing plants with forests on adjacent uplands. At the south end of the bay, I ascended a hill then took a cutoff road to save 2 miles of riding. Highway 101 headed southeast toward Chinook with a tailwind. My hopes for cafe in Chinook were dashed. I continued along the Columbia River estuary for a few miles then crossed the river on a long bridge and causeway. An unnerving ride with no shoulder and lots of traffic. In Oregon, I left 101 to see Fort Clatsop where Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery spent the rainy winter of 1804-5. On the way, I stopped at a Mexican restaurant for a massive breakfast burrito and coffee. I saved a third of it for dinner. Back on 101 to Seaside where I bought groceries. Onward to Cannon Beach and the climb thru the noisy Arch tunnel and over Arch Cape then Cape Falcon. A fine view to the south from Cape Falcon (see photo). I coasted down to Manzanita and Nehalem Bay State Park. I arrived at the park at 5:15 well exercised. I got a hiker-biker camp site, took care of chores, and showered. I was too tired to cook dinner and ate my leftover burrito. 85 miles today.

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