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    10.28.02 Karma Police

    I was woken up at 5:30am to the sounds of an animal rustling through plastic bags outside my tent. A raccoon got into my trailer bag and got my oatmeal and snickers bar. I went back inside my tent and had to scare it off once more before finally getting back to sleep. I woke up at 8am and fixed some oatmeal, two packets I had recovered from the pesky raccoon, opened but still intact. I tossed in some sliced banana and a small spoon of dark chocolate and ate it up. I bailed out on paying the $4 fee for camping last night. I figured the visit from the raccoon was payback. I left the park after packing up and had a 3-mile incline over Cape Lookout. It was pretty tough but I was rewarded with a nice downhill. I sped down the other side, trying to avoid newts and slugs on the shoulder. I passed through the small towns of Sandlake and Tierra del Mar before riding into Pacific City where it was raining. I figured this would be a good time to stop and get some breakfast. I mailed off some letters and realized it was daylight savings last night and my watch was an hour ahead. I stopped in at a diner and got some breakfast and the rain stopped. I decided to skip out on a side trip to Cape Kiwanda State Park where there are some good photo opportunities at a place where the waves crash into steep clay cliffs. Maybe next time. So I continued on south and joined back with Highway 101, pleased that it wasnít raining on me. I came up on a junction in Hwy 101, a 10 mile side road called Old Hwy 101 that went inland on a more scenic route over the Cascade Head. Even though the weather looked like it could rain any time, I decided on the more scenic route. I rode through a rural area with a few nice country houses and then entered a National Forest. The scenery was amazing. Tall moss covered trees towered above on each side of the windy road. For the first 6 miles it was a gradual uphill and I got to take a good look around at the slow pace. The last 4 miles was a fun and speedy descent back to Hwy 18 through a small town called Otis and eventually back to Hwy 101. I rode into Lincoln City and found the library. The idea was to find out if my friend Jon had given me the Ok to swing by his place in Newport. There was no email from Jon. After the library, I gave him a call and left a message on his machine telling him I was coming in. I also gave into my weakness for the whopper and made a pit stop to Burger King before leaving Lincoln City. I was chased out of town by an old man on a Trek who was kicking my ass on the uphills and had passed me once. I couldnít let this old dude pass me by so I took the lead and kept it. I was impressed by how he stayed close behind and eventually caught up again. We had a short conversation until I ran into two friends from work on the side of the road, Alan and Jen, who had seen me cycling and stopped. They informed me that Jon was in Seattle. Oh no! But they said I was welcome to crash out at their empty place in Newport that they havenít moved into yet. They gave me directions and the name of the landlord, Mark, to get a hold of when I arrived. I said goodbye and headed down the road to my next stop, Boiler Bay. There was a nice lookout area and it seemed like a good place to take a break. I took a few photos and ate the rest of my Tillamook cheese curds while I enjoyed the view. I pushed on and rode through Depoe Bay, known as a prime location for whale watching. After Depoe Bay, I took a side road off the main highway called Otter Crest Loop. This was a nice route because it was right on the water and was restricted to pedestrians and cyclists. I also seemed to avoid any steep inclines that I might have encountered on the main road although this route wasnít exactly flat. After the scenic Otter Crest Loop, which enabled me to occasionally peer down at the waves crashing on the rocks, I had a long straight ride on 101 into Newport in the dark. I rode into the Tyee B&B on Agate Beach to meet Mark and find out where Iíd be crashing. He showed me Jen and Alanís place and made me feel at home even though the place was totally bare. Mark was very nice and invited me to breakfast with his other B&B guests. I unpacked my tent to let it dry out a bit and then took a nice hot bath to wash away 3 days of cyclist funk. After my bath, I walked up to Izzyís, a buffet style restaurant where I got my fill of country cooking and pizza. I caught up with my writing and took my time. I was in no rush. A very cute waitress, Sandi, was serving me. I drank way too much soda trying to keep her coming back to my table to refill them. After my dinner, I walked back to the house and got comfortable and looked through my maps, Servas book, and Pacific Coast cycling book for a bit before crashing for a good nights sleep. (69 miles)

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    Dave

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