Posted by george t korkos
Ok the next person didnt show up yet so I got a little extra time here at the libary computer.
As I said I left Portland early sunday morning it was nice and cool since it had been so hot while I was here it felt good. The ride out of town I saw hunf\dreds of bikers heading down town. this was the day they close the bridges to vehicles and make it a biker only day and have this big bike ride. cool idea!!
the ride out of Portland was a climb, since it sits at about 32ft above sea lreview every durection is up. The road was not real steep but long and steady for about an hour, then a refreshing downhill and back up again. This roller coaster road went on most of the morning. then about 1:30 am it started to get hot one sign i passed said 92 by the time I got to Macminville I was getting overheated and hungry not to mention a bit tired. I found some bikers and asked about a place to get brekfast, they recomended the Oregon hotel, a place right out of the past. Everyone was friendly and the pancakes were hudge.
I rode on a bit slower now with a full belly, and the temp was going up and a strong head wind was kickin me inthe face. I figured Id try to make Lincoln city today about 100 miles, but the heat and wind eventually won and I had to start looking for a place to camp.
One town I stoped at for refill the water bottles recomended to just pull off the side of the road and camp should be ok. thats what I did and make dinner and went to sleep early. thuis day I made 70 miles.
Got up and it was cold. Got started by 7:30 and rode 40 miles when I spotted the otis cafe in this tiny town of Otis Or. after brekfast I continued on hy 101 and picked up a good tail wind but it was still cold!! Goinf through lincoln city was not fun too much traffic OK so I found a state park and got a spot in the biker camp. These are 4 bucks includeing a warm shower. You share the site with anyother touring bikers that come in this night there were 5 others. 2 brothers and their friend going from seattle to san fran cisco and a guy going only as far as cresent city and a father and son going as far as the can in two weeks., we shareda camp fire and tales of the road.
I was up early and got riding by 7am it was cold and grey again I was going to make florance oregon today a 60 mile ride with some big challenging hills.
The firs 2 or 3 hills were a warm up for what was ahead, I saw a sign "if you cant make waves, make ripples" so i WAS MAKING ripples going up the hills. The last hill befor Florance was a killer started in a tunnel then went up and arround for the next hour. i stoped a few times to enjoy the view. The sun was poking out and getting warm. I took off the jacket and was cold put it back ob and was sweating just couldnt get it right. comming into florance i was tired and spotted a cheep motel with a pool and hot tub I took it for the night.
Taking a day to explore florance area today then will head to eugene tomorrow.
hope you al are doing good with what ever you are doing.