Howard writing: The first cycling day is in the books – a great one. The morning was spent in continuing to refine our camping and departure systems. There are systems for everything – finding things, preparing the bikes for the day, making sure the trailer is ready to roll, arranging snacks, and on and on. This meant we didn’t actually start to ride until close to noon.
Newport is a genuine fishing town, with a working historic district that we passed through on the route.
We had fun lunch at a bbq benefit for the Siletz Grange – $6 each, and here’s a $20 bill; keep the change. Big spenders from California. We chatted for quite a while with some very friendly people – in fact, all we have met are friendly people.
Politics never seems to come up in these casual conversations, but it’s definitely present.
The ride from Siletz over the Coastal Range was just spectacular. It follows the Siletz river for around 20 miles, then climbs up to some sweet hamlets near the summit. I was surprised to see a rainbow flag flying in front of one little farm, and a peace sign displayed at a little crossroad.
There was almost no traffic. Beautiful streams, wildflowers, pastures, the occasional clear-cut hillside, and great tranquility.
Back on the main road, Hwy 20, for the last 15 miles was much less enjoyable. Still, the trip has had a great start.