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Old 11-29-02, 09:30 PM   #1
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11.2.02 Long, scenic ride to Humbug Mountain State Park

I woke up around 8am and got my stuff together. I went over and saw that Judy hadnít woken up yet. I started cooking myself an omelet and enjoyed some morning coffee. It was very cold outside, about 40 Degrees! Judy woke up and joined me for breakfast. After eating, I prepared the rest of my things and said thanks and goodbye to Judy. I rode a mile uphill on the gravel drive and then cruised downhill into Lakeside on windy pavement. I cycled into North Bend and Coos Bay on another cloudless sunny day. The bike route took me off Highway 101 and onto Seven Devilís Road. This detour was nice because it was off the more traveled 101, but man, it was nothing but uphill! I passed through lots of logging areas and clear-cuts and then finally got my downhill Ė Fun! I eventually joined back up with highway 101 and reached a decent sized town. Now, Iíd been craving a milkshake after all that long uphill and was told the local cheese maker might sell me one since they sell ice cream. I was out of luck. No milk, no shake. So I got a fat double scoop and sat outside enjoying my ice cream and a couple 99-cent whoppers I bought in Coos Bay. Yea, yea, Iím weak! Whoppers taste good, especially when they cost less than a buck! After my nice snack, I headed out of town and took another side trip off 101, a scenic ride on Beach Loop Rd. I checked out spectacular monoliths, which are the great big rocks that stick up out of the water off the beach. Apparently, these are remnants of where the land used to be before the ocean eroded all but these rocks away. I boogied south, knowing it would be dark when I reached my camping destination. I rode through cranberry farming country. This was interesting. The cranberries grew in large pits or ponds of water. Occasionally, a dump truck full of cranberries passed me on the road. Iíd see some berries on the shoulder that had fallen off the trucks. I reached the town of Lanlois and stopped in at the local market to get some food for dinner and tomorrowís breakfast. I continued on the ups and downs of highway 101 and as the sun set, I passed through Port Orford. I saw some more great monoliths as I cruised up a long coastline. I only rode through about a half-hour of darkness before reaching Humbug Mountain State Park. The worst park about riding at night is the oncoming carsí high beams blinding me as they pass. Then my eyes have to adjust all over again. I spoke with the campground host who didnít expect to see a cyclist this late into the year. He told me it had been getting cold at night, around freezing. I rode out and picked a camp spot. The starts were out shining and the air was cool. I went to the bathrooms to change and thatís when I realized that showers are free at State Parks in Oregon. And all this time! So I enjoyed a long hot shower before changing into my warm clothes. Feeling much better after a long day on the saddle, I set up my tent and started preparing dinner. I cooked up pasta with tomatoes and fresh mushrooms. I also ate a nice avocado and sipped on delicious chocolate milk. I caught up on my writing as I finished off my meal and then enjoyed a snickers bar before hitting the sack. (86 miles)



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