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    Welcome to the Oregon coast!

    I live in Astoria and we are bursting with bike tourists. Touring season is in full swing. I just wanted to welcome you all!

    I felt especially bad for the tourist I saw in Lincoln City after dark on a cold, rainy night. I stopped having to use the furnace, so it's definitely "warming" up

    Feel free to announce where your from and where you're heading to, if you'd like.

    I'm also going to plug the Columbian Cafe for some awesome food. I don't work there, but I probably will after a midlife crisis...

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    Voltare,

    I'm planning on doing the coast later this summer. Because I will be driving from Montana to Astoria, I'll need a safe place to leave my car. In addition, I'll need a way to get back to it from Crescent City, CA. What do Oregon coasters usually do?
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    Wow. What a difference a week makes. I stayed at Ft. Stevens on Memorial Day, and at Beverly Beach near Newport the next two nights. Saw exactly 3 bike tourists in 3 days. GF and I rode Cape Fowlweather one day, then down to Waldport and back the next. We were practically the only cyclists on the road. Glad to hear it's picking up now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackb View Post
    Voltare,

    I'm planning on doing the coast later this summer. Because I will be driving from Montana to Astoria, I'll need a safe place to leave my car. In addition, I'll need a way to get back to it from Crescent City, CA. What do Oregon coasters usually do?
    How long are you touring for? You might want to consider starting in Portland. Than it's not a big deal to take a bus or train back. There is very little in bus service from Portland to Astoria and we just lost our air service to Portland. You could fly to Newport, I believe, and start from there.

    Maybe some with more experience can help you out. I imagine most tourists end in San Francisco and fly back where ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simplygib View Post
    Wow. What a difference a week makes. I stayed at Ft. Stevens on Memorial Day, and at Beverly Beach near Newport the next two nights. Saw exactly 3 bike tourists in 3 days. GF and I rode Cape Fowlweather one day, then down to Waldport and back the next. We were practically the only cyclists on the road. Glad to hear it's picking up now.
    Definitely picking up. How was it riding north on the coast? Were you fighting bad headwinds the whole way?

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    The only headwinds we had were when we were southbound to Waldport. It had been pouring rain up in your area, which is why we headed south to Beverly Beach, so I guess that was changing the usual airflow of the area. Seems to be my luck there. When I toured the coast (southbound) in 2008 I didn't get a single tailwind until I got to Newport.

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    Hey jackb, You can leave your vehical at the Chamber Of Commerce in Astoria, just register it with them when you arrive. As far as getting back there from the bottom of the coast, that's a bit of a problem. In 2009 I ended up taking a train from Eugene up to Kalso/Longview and riding an extra day back over to Astoria to pick up my vehical. I am going to do the coast again in sept but this time I will go all the way to San Fran, you can catch the Amtrack from there. Some people start in Portland and rent a car in Crescent City once their done. It's best to have the transportation part at the end fugured out or you will be thinking about it the whole way down.. Good Luck and maybe we'll see U there.
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    leftcoast, voltare

    The Chamber of Commerce sounds good. I'll look into a one way car rental from Crescent City to Portland. My daughter and I can drive to Astoria to pick up our car, then drive both of them to Portland. Should work out fine except one way rentals can be expensive. We'll see. Of course, starting from Portland is always a possibility, but I had wanted to do the entire coast. If I can get from Crescent city to Portland by bus with our bicycles, that would also work. Then I can rent a car for the day to go get the other car. Thanks for the help.
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    The new NW Point bus to/from PDX
    [Amtrak and Greyhound are only a block apart, they stop in both]

    to Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, is quite nice these days.

    http://www.oregon-point.com/nw_point.html

    Amtrak to Eugene, goes East over the Cascades to Klamath Falls from there

    away from the coast, .. Points south, Mt Shasta, Sacramento, Emeryville..
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackb View Post
    I'll look into a one way car rental from Crescent City to Portland.
    jackb - I road the coast last year and ended at Jedediah Smith State Park instead of Crescent City and then road inland to Klamath Falls and caught Amtrak back up to Portland. The redwoods and inland route was a nice scenic option different from the sameness of the coast if you have the extra time. Have fun on your trip and beware of some of the bridges on the coastal route.
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    Quote Originally Posted by voltare View Post
    I live in Astoria and we are bursting with bike tourists. Touring season is in full swing. I just wanted to welcome you all!

    I felt especially bad for the tourist I saw in Lincoln City after dark on a cold, rainy night. I stopped having to use the furnace, so it's definitely "warming" up

    Feel free to announce where your from and where you're heading to, if you'd like.

    I'm also going to plug the Columbian Cafe for some awesome food. I don't work there, but I probably will after a midlife crisis...
    How about a plug for the Otis Cafe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by D.B. Cooper View Post
    How about a plug for the Otis Cafe?
    I'm not familiar with it. Where is it?

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    in 3 days i'm heading out on my first tour out to the oregon coast. it'll be pretty short. only 250 miles over 5 days with one rest day. we're starting in portland and riding west via route 6 out to tillamook bay, then north to fort stevens, then back inland to portland via route 202. i'm so excited!

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    Quote Originally Posted by voltare View Post
    I'm not familiar with it. Where is it?
    Good point DB - a great place.

    The Otis Cafe is in Otis which is on Hwy 18 if you are coming to the coast from Salem or you can catch it if you do the Slab Creek Road alternate route on the Oregon Coast bike route guide before you get to Lincoln city. That route ads a few miles but the scenery is well worth it. The climbs are more gentle and some beautiful forests.

    I've biked the coast twice with a 25 year gap and was able to dine at the Otis both times. Not much has changed since 1986. Still some of the biggest darned pancakes I've ever seen. One of the best cyclist refueling stops on the route.
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    .. Tillamook... then north to Fort Stevens ..
    you are aware that the prevailing winds come out of the North in the Summer,
    aren't you?

    Given the headwinds, perhaps, you would consider reversing the route?
    + the Ocean will be on the right, instead of always across from you,
    facing oncoming traffic, to get to it's viewing/ access points.

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    Went through Astoria mid-May. Loved every bit of the Oregon Coast ( well, except Lincoln City). Great people, very good shoulders and cycling infrastructure. The ODOT cycling map is excellent. All the state parks were great, especially the free hot showers.

    I'll plug the Columbia River Roasters near the Astoria-Megler bridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    you are aware that the prevailing winds come out of the North in the Summer,
    aren't you?

    Given the headwinds, perhaps, you would consider reversing the route?
    + the Ocean will be on the right, instead of always across from you,
    facing oncoming traffic, to get to it's viewing/ access points.
    Hmm. I did not know that. Unfortunately all of our campground reservations have been made so we'll just have to tough it out. We're only riding on the coast for one day for ~55 miles so I think we'll be ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by napoleoninrags View Post
    I'll plug the Columbia River Roasters near the Astoria-Megler bridge.
    Good call. I love that place.

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    My wife and I may do the trip down the Oregon coast in September- we were too slow to register for Cycle Oregon, but still have the week scheduled off at our jobs.

    Good tip about the Chamber of Commerce, now we just need to figure out gettting back from the OR/CA border. I havn't priced it yet, but maybe the smallest availible U-Haul would be the trick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TBatty View Post
    My wife and I may do the trip down the Oregon coast in September- we were too slow to register for Cycle Oregon, but still have the week scheduled off at our jobs.

    Good tip about the Chamber of Commerce, now we just need to figure out gettting back from the OR/CA border. I havn't priced it yet, but maybe the smallest availible U-Haul would be the trick.
    A small U-haul van would be cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badger_biker View Post
    Good point DB - a great place.

    The Otis Cafe is in Otis which is on Hwy 18 if you are coming to the coast from Salem or you can catch it if you do the Slab Creek Road alternate route on the Oregon Coast bike route guide before you get to Lincoln city. That route ads a few miles but the scenery is well worth it. The climbs are more gentle and some beautiful forests.

    I've biked the coast twice with a 25 year gap and was able to dine at the Otis both times. Not much has changed since 1986. Still some of the biggest darned pancakes I've ever seen. One of the best cyclist refueling stops on the route.
    I want pancakes now too.They sound so good right now for some reason.

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    I have a roundtrip flight to/from Portland. I am planning to ride from Portland to Astoria then riding down the coast to Brookings. What is the best way back to Portland from there? I am giving myself 10 days for this journey. Little over a week left before my flight. Cant wait! Thanks in advance for any advice.

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    May need the bus, Greyhound, back to get to like Eugene,
    as Amtrak heads east over the Cascades, from there,
    then it continues south on the far side of the mountains.
    once back in the Willamette valley there is the Talgo commuter trains
    + the continuation of the Amtrak Coast Starlight.

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    Revisiting Oregon Coast

    Like the other post, I am going down the Oregon coast after a 24 year hiatus. Taking my 16 year old son with me this time to show him the beauty of biking and wonderful sights, sounds, smells of Oregon. Last time, I started in Portland, stopped my first night in Banks, and set up my tent on a farmer's front lawn. The next morning I helped him load and stack haybales into the barn and then rode to Tillamook and down the coast a bit. Looking forward to seeing Banks again and eating a hearty biscuits and gravy farmers breakfast! Great times for this city man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattdd60 View Post
    Like the other post, I am going down the Oregon coast after a 24 year hiatus. Taking my 16 year old son with me this time to show him the beauty of biking and wonderful sights, sounds, smells of Oregon.
    A noble endeavor and it should make for some great memories for both of you. That is a great route for him to get exposed to touring. If you stay at the hiker/biker state campgrounds he'll have exposure to all sorts of tourists and learn more of what it is all about. Plus he'll have the feeling that you aren't the only 2 crazies out there :-)
    Have a fun and safe trip.
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