I'm organizing a tour down the west coast with 12-14 year-olds. Years ago I crossed the Columbia via the bridge that goes into Astoria. It scared the poop out of me. It was really long, there was no shoulder, logging trucks were whizzing past at what seemed to be inches away, and there was a long hill at the end to slow me down and make it difficult to hold a straight line. The thought of taking a bunch of kids across that scares me even more.
Are there any alternatives? A shuttle service? A ferry a few miles up the river? Anything?
Between the Canadian border and the Big Sur coast, nothing else scares me as much as that bridge.