The weather forecast accurately predicted showers today along my route. I was rained on a handful of times, most were quick showers and I stayed dry under my gear. The temperature this morning started at 39 degrees and stayed mostly in the 40’s until late afternoon when it warmed up to 53.
Day’s distance: 271 miles
Total trip distance: 527 miles
I left Tillamook at about 8:30am. I was heading south on Hwy 101 when I noticed a sign for Three Capes Scenic Drive. I pulled over and checked the map. The scenic drive rejoins Hwy 101 south of Pacific City and so in the spirit of exploring I decided to take the detour.
This scenic route consists of a well maintained two-lane set of roads that skirts the coast where Hwy 101 is more inland. I was surprised to come across hail on the road at one point.
One of the small towns I passed while on this scenic route was Cape Kiwanda, situated in a very picturesque area.
I updated my plans to take Hwy 229 inland just south of Lincoln City based on a recommendation from my Coos Bay riding friend. I even programmed it into my GPS unit but somehow I simply spaced and didn’t notice until reaching the turnoff for Hwy 20, which was my original route. Sorry Mark 🙁
Hwy 20 took me into the small town of Philomath where I turned onto Hwy 34 to head back to the coast. Both these roads were in good condition, but the ladder was my favorite. It cuts through the Siuslaw National Forest roughly following the Alsea River and not only was it scenic, but the air smelled great – very fresh. I think the alternating rain showers and sunshine worked their magic on the trees and soil of the forest.
My Coos Bay hosts took me to Tokyo Bistro for sushi. Part of the dinner discussion tonight focused on how riding a motorcycle allows for a rich interaction with the environment. Feeling the air temperature drop just before the sky opened up with rain and noticing the freshness of the air are two examples of what I mean.
Another example is what happened when I pull up to Chubby’s, a food trailer located in Waldport, for lunch. During my lunch, I had three separate conversations about motorcycling and my travel plans.
These interactions occur regularly when I’m traveling on the bike. In fact, it is how I met my Coos Bay host 🙂 It is one of the best parts of traveling by motorcycle.
Tomorrow’s forecast is for sun !!