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Old 01-13-18, 12:15 AM
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Hello and Oregon Coast

Hey all you pedal pushers out there. Excited to find this forum. Glad to see so much info on so many various topics. My family and I are planning a short tour of the OR coast near the end of April (only time we can this year). Tentative plan is to ride from Beverly Beach to Port Orford. I've been searching for ways to get back up the coast to get the car after the trip is finished. Any ideas? Looked at renting one way and piecing together a few bus lines, just wondering if there are other options. Cheers and happy pedaling.
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Old 01-13-18, 01:18 AM
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It sounds like a fun trip. I hope you have good weather.

How did you choose the route?

One option might be to choose a route based on where you can find buses. Perhaps schedule an extra day at a motel where you can drop off the family and do the shuttling.

For example, I was browsing and saw that there is a bus from Smith River California to North Bend Oregon.

https://currypublictransit.org/
https://currypublictransit.org/coastal-express/

That would put you slightly south of your plans, but might give you slightly better weather too.

Assuming you can take the bike on the bus, you could potentially extend the end points 30 to 50 miles or so beyond where the bus drops off or picks up. So, you could bike up to the Reedsport area, or down into the Crescent City or Klamath areas.
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Old 01-13-18, 10:10 AM
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End of April? Oooohh - - iffy.
Northern California coast has better odds.
Still, even if not raining, it's likely to be socked in with fog.
Also some parks and tourist facilities may be limited.
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You can take the train from Eugene to Portland and ride south... all great except when you get to the dunes, someone has to ride the 70 miles from the coast to the train station (or take the bus) to pick up your car.
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From Yachats south to Reedsport or perhaps North Bend there is no county bus to help you get back to the car, and no shoulder riding north bound. This is also one of the nicest sections for photos. Between Coos Bay and Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park you can take county buses back north. A tour of the red woods could have slightly better weather. Cresent City and places in California have more vehicle break ins than Oregon does.

Bring your rain gear.
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Old 01-13-18, 02:40 PM
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FWIW, On the OR North coast, 6th month is often called Junuary, here. 'summer starts on the 5th of July'


Bus from Portland https://oregon-point.com/northwest-point/
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Old 01-13-18, 10:31 PM
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Thanks for all the replies. We chose the route mostly out of familiarity with that area (we know its gorgeous). My wife is in school and that time frame is her break. Not ideal we know. After chatting about it we are probably going to reconsider and try later towards the end of the summer. We thought about the Columbia Gorge but me thinks that will be windy and possibly more wet that time of year. Wet kids=less fun. Thinking about the desert now although with the weather we're having going north is certainly enticing. In the 50's and sunny here this weekend and has been for about a week.
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Old 01-13-18, 10:53 PM
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This is a nice weekend here... so far, but only a few days, not a whole week of warm sunny weather.

You might explore California coast rides too. And, I think there may be sections where the California Amtrak may follow the coast.

Of course, California had a wet spring last year. Who knows what this year will bring.

It might be possible to organize two trips, then choose the best a week before you leave.

You're based somewhere in Nevada, right?
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Old 01-13-18, 11:01 PM
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Playing it by ear is what we do best. We'll keep looking at weather and decide how wet we want the kids to be. Yes we are based out of Reno. I think the Cyclo Crossers are disappointed with the lack of crappy weather for the nationals here.
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My opinion, you are ending the trip way to early. There is still a lot of good riding to do further south. The Redwoods are assume to ride through. At the very least load the family into the car and drive to the Redwoods.
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Ped -

I've got 100,000 under my belt and I try to tour where the weather is best for the time of year. Not that I always get it, but at least my odds are better. April is lovely in the Virginia and North Carolina, but that's on the other coast.

In the west, April is loveliest in parts of California - the coast south of San Francisco and the Sierra foothills. The Pacific Coat bike route is one of the finest out there - but there have been major slides in the past year - including one just recently - that have closed Highway 1. I have done a number of the inland routes - which I love - mostly light traffic. And April will find the countryside green with wildflowers. Amtrak connections at Salinas and SLO.

The Sierra foothills are also at their most magical in April. You can bike across the historic Knights Bridge covered bridge. LaGrange, Hornitos, Mariposa. You can even bike up into Yosemite - or take the Yarts bus. Yosemite Valley is stunning in late spring with the waterfalls at their most powerful. Amtrak San Joaquins have frequent service in valley cities.
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Old 01-22-18, 02:38 AM
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I love the Sierra foothills!!!! They are gorgeous starting right about now. At this point, time is a limiting factor and the fact that we really want to tour in Oregon (our son keeps giving us grief about trying to avoid the rain ). After a little more research we are tentatively planning on giving the Willamette Valley a go. We have family in McMinnvile on the north end and they could possibly shuttle us back north from where ever we get too. We will be watching the weather however despite our little man's comments.
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The Willamette Valley should be good.

I've on occasion encountered a strong wind blowing from the north during the Spring, so a ride heading from Portland towards Eugene may well be better than heading northward.

There should be both trains and buses if you wish. Amtrak runs from Eugene to Portland, with a few stops in the middle, I think. And, they should allow "roll-on" bicycles, although capacity may be limited, so a family of 4 could potentially overwhelm them. Reservations?

Amtrak, Greyhound, and Trailways all have bus service.

Oh, and the Green Tortoise... hmmm... you might miss out on that. Apparently they've discontinued their San Francisco to Seattle run. Perhaps not the "family" type of bus anyway.
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Old 01-23-18, 12:24 AM
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HAHA yea on the Green Tortoise.... we are looking at north-south because of the winds mostly. We will have a chariot with us too so the Amtrak could get interesting. Might be a one way trip for me or my wife. Then pick up car and drive down to pick the rest of the crew up. I think it should not be too crowded that time of year for camping, especially at Independence. Their facilities are small.
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Originally Posted by Pedalpushie View Post
HAHA yea on the Green Tortoise....

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I believe that only exists now in memories of a bygone age...
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Originally Posted by McBTC View Post
I believe that only exists now in memories of a bygone age...
Perhaps...

There is a web page. Apparently they are concentrating more on "camping adventures" than regular bus service.

Green Tortoise - Adventure Travel and Hostels

I have to wonder how they are affected by the liberalization of the POT laws in California, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Perhaps...

There is a web page. Apparently they are concentrating more on "camping adventures" than regular bus service.

Green Tortoise - Adventure Travel and Hostels

I have to wonder how they are affected by the liberalization of the POT laws in California, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado
e.g., green buses stopping in the woods north of Redding for a pancake breakfast and a legal vape-flight of weed...?
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Originally Posted by Pedalpushie View Post
My family and I are planning a short tour of the OR coast near the end of April (only time we can this year). Tentative plan is to ride from Beverly Beach to Port Orford...
Just up the beach a couple miles to the north is the Devils Punchbowl, well worth seeing. At super-low tide, you can walk south into the punch-bowl and stay for a long lunch while the tide comes in and then recedes. People always seem amazed by seeing my family hanging out as the waves crash in. I wasn't even in school the 1st time I was there, almost 60 years now.
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