Saturday morning I woke up to find the whole world soaked with dew. I had left my shirts hanging out to dry, but the best I could hope is that they got a dew water rinse. The seals were still on the other side when I woke but it wasn’t long before they were gone. The guy who cooked my breakfast said they were chased off by a coyote.
When I had finished breakfast and packing, I biked off into the cool gray morning. The route started off flat, going mostly along the water and through green farmland.
Before long I came into Tallamook, home of the famous cheese factory, and I decided to stop for a look. I had wanted to replenish my cheese supply anyway so I was happy to pick up a bar of sharp cheddar, my favorite.
Of course flat never lasts, and it wasn’t very long before I found myself climbing. I avoided the three capes scenic route because I know it was also three big climbs, but that didn’t get me out of all of the climbs ahead. But, as always, I was rewarded by viewing points where I could see beautiful scenes of the coast below.
Then, around the Sandlake area I passed an area that looked like a sand desert! There was a lot of noise from many ATVs that were playing in the sand. A guy by the side of the road said people camped out there and the noise went on day and night. I could still hear it for many miles as I pedaled away.
But, eventually the noise faded and I again found myself climbing, and then descending as I got close to Pacific City, my destination.
I planned to stay at an RV park that had been recommended by a friend of a friend and as I was checking in, there was another cyclist and she even had gray hair! It turned out she was one of a group of four who were only on a weekend trip from points east. The guy closest to me said this was a test run for him before he did a tour across the US in May.
I was at the Cape Kiwanda RV park and this pace was huge! There were a ton of RV sites along with tent camping sites, and they also had quite a few cabins for rent. There was a fairly large store, a choice of restaurants, and a pool and spa. I ended up spending the evening by the pool because it was indoors and warm, there were electric outlets, and I could use the free wifi. Eventually though it was time to return to the tent but I passed a very comfortable night. I like having neighbors, and it was really nice starting out warm from spending time in the pool area. Unfortunately though, I was too tired to even think of getting back on the bike even after I had rested for a while, so I never did go into town to see the friend of friends and check out his wines. I would have been under the table with one glass.