Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Touring
Reload this Page >

Newport to Reedsport, OR?

Notices
Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

Newport to Reedsport, OR?

Old 04-25-13, 05:24 PM
  #1  
Every day a winding road
Thread Starter
 
spinnaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 6,538

Bikes: 2005 Cannondale SR500, 2008 Trek 7.3 FX, Jamis Aurora

Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3394 Post(s)
Liked 63 Times in 46 Posts
Newport to Reedsport, OR?

I will be credit card touring and not camping on my Oregon coat tour. My normal comfort limit on tour is 60-65 miles but can usually push it if the ride is not that bad.

I have a plan to stop in Newport, OR to see the aquarium and maybe the science center if there is time. The next major town is Florence. I bit short at around 48 miles. The next town after that seems to be Reedsport, slightly outside my comfort limit.

I did a profile on RideWithGPS and it does not look all that bad. No major hills etc. Does this match up with what it actually is? I don't want to find that I have am extra 20 mile detour or anything.
spinnaker is offline  
Old 04-25-13, 06:02 PM
  #2  
Sore saddle cyclist
 
Shifty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Eugene, OR
Posts: 3,878

Bikes: Road, touring and mountain

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Liked 11 Times in 8 Posts
I'd advise you to stop in Florence, then Coos Bay or Bandon the next night.

The ride between Waldport and Florence is BEAUTIFUL, you should take your time, stop a lot and take it all in. The town of Yachats is very nice and a great place for a long lunch on the beach, or one of the cafes (The Green Salmon is best). Linger here, ride to the west edge of town and enjoy the rocky shore and the ocean. The ride from Yachats to Florence is one of the nicest on the Oregon Coast, don't rush this, enjoy the climb over Cape Perpetua and Heceta Head, where there is a beautiful lighthouse.

There are lots of lodging options in Florence, cafes and stores. Some good cafes are in the Old Town area right on the bay, good views and good food.

Two motels I'd recommend https://old-town-inn.com/ and https://www.lighthouseinn-florence.com/ Lighthouse Inn is older, but clean and cheap, great location.

A casual day and over night in Florence is much better than Reedsport, IMHO
Shifty is offline  
Old 04-25-13, 06:06 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Posts: 7,048
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 509 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 9 Times in 8 Posts
The Oregon coast is pretty flat and, if you are riding during the dry season, the prevailing wind will be at your back. You should be able to add some miles to your normal comfort zone without suffering. However, there's not much lodging in Reedsport, so that me defeat your plans.
B. Carfree is offline  
Old 04-25-13, 06:11 PM
  #4  
Every day a winding road
Thread Starter
 
spinnaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 6,538

Bikes: 2005 Cannondale SR500, 2008 Trek 7.3 FX, Jamis Aurora

Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3394 Post(s)
Liked 63 Times in 46 Posts
Thanks for the tips both of you. Maybe this warrants adding a day.

BTW there is at least one warmshowers host in Reedsport.
spinnaker is offline  
Old 04-25-13, 07:04 PM
  #5  
Every day a winding road
Thread Starter
 
spinnaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 6,538

Bikes: 2005 Cannondale SR500, 2008 Trek 7.3 FX, Jamis Aurora

Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3394 Post(s)
Liked 63 Times in 46 Posts
I'm thinking

Salem > Lincolns City > Newport > Florence > Coos Bay >Port Oxford > Brookings > Klamath > Eureka.

Any better ideas?
spinnaker is offline  
Old 04-26-13, 12:29 PM
  #6  
Sore saddle cyclist
 
Shifty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Eugene, OR
Posts: 3,878

Bikes: Road, touring and mountain

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Liked 11 Times in 8 Posts
Sounds good, Brookings or Crescent City are fine. The advantage of Crescent City is that you'll hit the big hill just south of town early in the morning before the traffic gets too heavy. This hill is long and the road narrow in spots, so an early start is an advantage. In Port Orford there is limited lodging, so make reservations early.

In Coos Bay the Pacific Coast Bike Route takes you from North Bend (next to Coos Bay) over to Charleston, then Seven Devils Road south to Bandon. You may want to stay in a motel in Charleston since it's on the route, Coos Bay is off the route. There are a couple of pretty good cafes in Charleston since it's a seafood processing town right on the bay. Here is a motel to think about in Charleston https://www.charlestonharborinn.com/
Shifty is offline  
Old 04-26-13, 02:54 PM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
staehpj1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Posts: 11,864
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1250 Post(s)
Liked 753 Times in 560 Posts
No opinion on your actual question, but... I do recommend planning on being in Bandon at either lunch or dinner time and eating at Tony's Crab Shack.
staehpj1 is offline  
Old 04-26-13, 03:31 PM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Posts: 7,048
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 509 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 9 Times in 8 Posts
If you have a warm showers host or some such, then maybe Klamath would be an okay place to stay. However, it's not exactly the nicest place on the route. It has a bit of that Appalachia feel to it, at least culturally. Maybe stay in Crescent City and then roll on to Trinidad instead; there's a number of small inns just north of Trinidad near Patrick's Point.

As Shifty noted, timing is important when leaving Crescent City. I try to head up the hill just after the morning commuters but before the RVs get going. You also have to consider the fun zone between the Newton P. Drury Scenic Pkwy (nice road) and Patrick's Point. There's a lot of blind turns and either no shoulder or a twenty-inch shoulder with a steeply ramped curb; Friday afternoons are not very pleasant on that stretch.
B. Carfree is offline  
Old 04-26-13, 05:00 PM
  #9  
Every day a winding road
Thread Starter
 
spinnaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 6,538

Bikes: 2005 Cannondale SR500, 2008 Trek 7.3 FX, Jamis Aurora

Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3394 Post(s)
Liked 63 Times in 46 Posts
Thanks everyone for the input. My problem with Crescent City is that it is a really short day from Brookings. But with not camping I guess there really aren't many options.


Is there something past Port Orford (around 10-15 miles)? Maybe if I can find something there, that opens up other options?



Once past those sections how is the rest of the road?


I am considering going sometime in August, maybe late August. Other alternative is late September but I am a little concerned about the morning temps that time of year. Is August a good mistake?

Last edited by spinnaker; 04-26-13 at 05:05 PM.
spinnaker is offline  
Old 04-26-13, 05:13 PM
  #10  
Every day a winding road
Thread Starter
 
spinnaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 6,538

Bikes: 2005 Cannondale SR500, 2008 Trek 7.3 FX, Jamis Aurora

Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3394 Post(s)
Liked 63 Times in 46 Posts
Also what would be the best day of the week to leave Crescent City? Not Friday I understand. Mid week ok?
spinnaker is offline  
Old 04-26-13, 07:07 PM
  #11  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Posts: 7,048
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 509 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 9 Times in 8 Posts
Originally Posted by spinnaker
Thanks everyone for the input. My problem with Crescent City is that it is a really short day from Brookings. But with not camping I guess there really aren't many options.


Is there something past Port Orford (around 10-15 miles)? Maybe if I can find something there, that opens up other options?



Once past those sections how is the rest of the road?


I am considering going sometime in August, maybe late August. Other alternative is late September but I am a little concerned about the morning temps that time of year. Is August a good mistake?
You stand a better chance of a bit of rain as you get towards the end of September, which would also mean headwinds, but the odds would still be in your favor for good weather. The temperature along the coast doesn't get much cooler in September relative to August, in large part because the inland valleys don't heat up and pull as much marine air onshore. One huge advantage of late September relative to August is that traffic counts along the coast are much lower, particularly monday-friday (morning), after Labor Day.

If you're locked into Brookings, then I guess you're locked into woeful lodging the next day, unless someone comes up with something. (There is some sort of casino around Klamath, but I've never checked it out.) There are a few hotels in Gold Beach, but I've only stopped in Gold Beach to dry out at a bakery, so I don't know anything about any of them. (I ride through Gold Beach at either the late end of a 225 mile day that carries me from Eugene to Brookings or at the beginning of my second day out after the 180 miles to Humbug Mtn (Port Orford), so I haven't really paid much attention to its amenities.) You can Google them. Maybe staying at Gold Beach will allow you to make Crescent City the next day instead of Brookings which will give you more options the following day.

The road from Bandon to Brookings is great. Nice shoulder, relatively low traffic (maybe the lowest of the entire Oregon coast), fabulous views and mostly friendly folks. Okay, we had a motorist shoot a cyclist last year, but they knew each other, so that doesn't count.
B. Carfree is offline  
Old 04-26-13, 07:20 PM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Posts: 7,048
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 509 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 9 Times in 8 Posts
Originally Posted by spinnaker
Also what would be the best day of the week to leave Crescent City? Not Friday I understand. Mid week ok?
Friday can work if you are going to end the day early. Same deal on Saturday and Sunday. A big advantage of the weekend is that there are fewer large trucks on the road and early morning traffic is usually light. The disadvantage is the late afternoon/evening traffic is heavier, wearier and more intoxicated. People drive to the beach to recreate, which in this part of the country means drink.

I generally ride out of Crescent City mid-week about 8:30 A.M. That seems to get me over the hill and down past the old hostel (boy, do I miss that hostel) with the least amount of traffic.

By the way, it's probably a good idea to have some bright red blinkies for the stretch from Crescent City on. There are many places where you will be in shadows and there is always a fair chance of fog.
B. Carfree is offline  
Old 04-27-13, 09:38 AM
  #13  
Every day a winding road
Thread Starter
 
spinnaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 6,538

Bikes: 2005 Cannondale SR500, 2008 Trek 7.3 FX, Jamis Aurora

Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3394 Post(s)
Liked 63 Times in 46 Posts
OK you guys are starting to scare me a bit on the traffic. Let me out it this why. I have been touring for several years and really have no problem with traffic as long as it is not all day, every day.

I am a little "gun shy" with traffic now. I rode Maine 1 last year and it was horrendous. No shoulders in a lot of parts and traffic buzzing in your ear most of the way. Not exactly my idea of fun.

A couple of years back, I rode from San Francisco to Santa Barbara and it really was not all that bad traffic in a few spots like Carmel but other than that pretty good.

I won't be repeating the Maine trip will I ?
spinnaker is offline  
Old 04-27-13, 04:40 PM
  #14  
Sore saddle cyclist
 
Shifty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Eugene, OR
Posts: 3,878

Bikes: Road, touring and mountain

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Liked 11 Times in 8 Posts
No, don't freak out about the traffic. The Oregon section is fantastic, wide shoulders all the way and plenty of places where the Pacific Coast Bike Route takes you off of the main highway. California isn't as good overall, but the worst sections of 101 take a bit of planning, but they are not that bad. Follow the bike route signs and look at bike route maps to plan the best ride. The hill south of Crescent City and the hill near Legget are about the worst of it, thousands of riders do it each summer, just use caution. To me the worst section is south of Mendicino in the Sea Ranch area on highway 1, lots of traffic and almost no shoulder. These sections are offset by the fantastic ride along the Avenue of the Giants south of Eureka, so enjoy!

Sunday morning is always the best time to ride no matter where you are, in August you can start riding at 6:00 am. Any day you pick early is better.
Shifty is offline  
Old 04-27-13, 05:30 PM
  #15  
Every day a winding road
Thread Starter
 
spinnaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 6,538

Bikes: 2005 Cannondale SR500, 2008 Trek 7.3 FX, Jamis Aurora

Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3394 Post(s)
Liked 63 Times in 46 Posts
Thanks Shifty. You made me feel better. After that main trip I don't want to give my buddies the bum steer again. If I were to do that tour over again, I would do it by car / bike. Drive to a peninsula, explore my bike and repeat.

I was looking at shuttles to Klamath from Crescent City. Looks like there is a bus. Stopping at Crescent City might mean adding an extra day for me. My touring partner just might balk at that. The bus to klamath would mean that we could be in Tinidad the next day after Crescent City and still have comfortable riding miles.

Would I be missing out taking the bus? I assume they carry bikes?
spinnaker is offline  
Old 04-27-13, 07:58 PM
  #16  
Sore saddle cyclist
 
Shifty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Eugene, OR
Posts: 3,878

Bikes: Road, touring and mountain

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Liked 11 Times in 8 Posts
Don't take a bus, ride it, it's beautiful. The road goes high above the ocean with great views, then through Del Norte Redwood Park, you can't miss that!!! It's not that bad and well worth seeing and experiencing from your bike. What goes up gets to go down, have fun, just ride safe.
Shifty is offline  
Old 04-27-13, 08:26 PM
  #17  
Every day a winding road
Thread Starter
 
spinnaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 6,538

Bikes: 2005 Cannondale SR500, 2008 Trek 7.3 FX, Jamis Aurora

Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3394 Post(s)
Liked 63 Times in 46 Posts
Thanks for the advice Shifty. I will probably ride it. Nice to know there is a bus along that route just in case.


I see the park you mentioned on the map now. Yeah I don't think I would want to miss that.

Do you think the 61 miles to Trinidad is pushing it? I want to make sure there is plenty of time to see the park. Stop in Orick instead? There don't seem to be a lot of options there.
spinnaker is offline  
Old 04-28-13, 03:51 PM
  #18  
Senior Member
 
Btflmutant's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Picnic Point
Posts: 107

Bikes: 17 Salsa Cutthroat, 08 Trek Madone 5.2 Pro, 09 Salsa Fargo

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by B. Carfree
The Oregon coast is pretty flat and, if you are riding during the dry season, the prevailing wind will be at your back. You should be able to add some miles to your normal comfort zone without suffering. However, there's not much lodging in Reedsport, so that me defeat your plans.
The Oregon Coast is pretty flat??? I must be a giant wuss!

https://www.tubechop.com/watch/1147849
Btflmutant is offline  
Old 04-28-13, 10:26 PM
  #19  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Posts: 7,048
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 509 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 9 Times in 8 Posts
Originally Posted by Btflmutant
The Oregon Coast is pretty flat??? I must be a giant wuss!

https://www.tubechop.com/watch/1147849
Everything is relative. Compared to the Lost Coast, the Oregon Coast is a pancake. Even compared to the ride from the Willamette Valley to the Oregon Coast, the coast is pretty flat. Compared to Kansas, it's slightly hilly.
B. Carfree is offline  
Old 04-28-13, 10:53 PM
  #20  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Posts: 7,048
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 509 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 9 Times in 8 Posts
Originally Posted by spinnaker
Thanks for the advice Shifty. I will probably ride it. Nice to know there is a bus along that route just in case.


I see the park you mentioned on the map now. Yeah I don't think I would want to miss that.

Do you think the 61 miles to Trinidad is pushing it? I want to make sure there is plenty of time to see the park. Stop in Orick instead? There don't seem to be a lot of options there.
The terrain into Trinidad isn't all that challenging, so you should be able to handle 61 miles. What wind blows should be in your favor, which helps. Of course, anyone can have "one of those days".

There's not much in Orick. The middle-eastern guy who owns the somewhat barren store always seems surprised when I stop in for a snack as I ride through, kind of like he doesn't get many customers. I'm not even sure about lodging there, but I suppose you can find something. Immediately after Orick you will fight the wind for a few miles if you are lucky; if not, then there will likely be a spot of fog for a while until you climb up away from the water, at least if it is early in the day. It can go from sunny and comfortable to "where the heck did I put my extra clothes" in a quarter mile.

I know I gave lots of warnings about traffic. I just don't want people to ride into a place assuming it is some sort of Nirvana and then find out that there are places with road design defects and a couple of jerks no matter where we ride. I ride that road several times each year (except for 2012). If it was not a pleasant ride, I would have changed routes long ago. In fact, I'll be rolling down it again in a couple months on a tandem with my wife.

Like Shifty said, make every effort to get an early start if you want to ride with the least amount of traffic (I do). Take the recommended detours off of Hwy 101 (Oregon Coast Bike Route and Pacific Coast Bike Route) and enjoy the ride. It's just like every other place to tour, only it has generally less traffic, especially south of Coos Bay, is prettier and has tailwinds most of the sunny season.
B. Carfree is offline  
Old 04-29-13, 04:42 AM
  #21  
Senior Member
 
staehpj1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Posts: 11,864
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1250 Post(s)
Liked 753 Times in 560 Posts
Originally Posted by B. Carfree
Everything is relative. Compared to the Lost Coast, the Oregon Coast is a pancake. Even compared to the ride from the Willamette Valley to the Oregon Coast, the coast is pretty flat. Compared to Kansas, it's slightly hilly.
I have ridden the TA, the ST from San Diego to Pensacola, the Sierra Cascades from San Diego to Reno, and done a tour in the Colorado Rockies and I have to say that I was surprised just how hilly the Pacific Coast route was in Oregon. No it wasn't like the SC in the Sierras or like the Rockies in Colorado, but I wouldn't call The AC route on the Oregon Coast "pretty flat" either. There were some parts that met that "pretty flat" description like the section after Astoria and parts that were pretty hilly.

I'd suggest that anyone who is going to ride it based on the idea that it is pretty flat check the elevation contours just so they know what to expect. It is doable for most riders, but I also doubt that most would call it flat.
staehpj1 is offline  
Old 04-29-13, 01:36 PM
  #22  
Senior Member
 
Doug64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Oregon
Posts: 6,487
Mentioned: 31 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1182 Post(s)
Liked 831 Times in 434 Posts
I'd suggest that anyone who is going to ride it based on the idea that it is pretty flat check the elevation contours just so they know what to expect. It is doable for most riders, but I also doubt that most would call it flat.
+1

I've also toured in some pretty hilly places including the coast several times, and would not call the Coast Route flat, especially coming out of Elk, CA. with a loaded bike.
Doug64 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
shotwellian
Pacific Northwest
7
07-07-14 08:15 PM
cdale56
Northeast
3
10-06-13 08:01 PM
cbike
Touring
3
09-05-13 11:40 PM
Medic Zero
Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg)
8
08-18-13 01:07 AM
billwatson58
Touring
5
10-15-10 02:53 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.