Day 2 – 2018 Western States Tour

Day 2 route

Day’s distance: 215 miles
Total trip distance: 416 miles

Today was another sunny day, with temperatures starting at 70, getting as high as 85, then dropping again into the mid 60s. The wind was gusty and brought in some haze in the afternoon, leading to the quick drop back down in temperature.

It was also another short day so I took off about 10am (again).

Many things today seemed familiar – memories of Day 3 and Day 4 of my 2014 Western States Tour – places I stopped to take pictures or a place I stopped to get lunch. Canon Beach, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse and the Sea Lions Cave are examples.

I love that I spent so much time on that trip stopping and taking photos. That was, after all, the first week of my first big adventure. I was quite excited and full of energy.


I stopped at the Chubby’s food truck in Waldport for a burger. I was asked where I was from and where was I heading several times while eating.


I arrived in Coos Bay just about 4pm. While checking in at the Edgewater, I was informed my reservation was for the prior night (OMG?). Apparently I used the wrong dates and hadn’t noticed in the confirmation email. They were very cool and called on my behalf and was able to get a room using that (already charged for) reservation. Whew! .

The mixup got me checking my other reservations when I got settled. I found another gap – no confirmation of my reservation for tomorrow. I called and was able to book a room directly – my earlier attempt through Priceline was not successful.

With that stuff addressed, I got cleaned up and walked to Little Italy, a recommended restaurant in the downtown area. The food was very good. Since I had a burger for lunch, I only had room for a salad and a bowl of minestrone soup, which was especially yummy. Oh, and the Tiramisu. Yum! Thanks for the recommendation, Mark.

On the way back, I walked along the Boardwalk. It was getting dark and still windy, so I hustled back to my room.

Last note for the night – it seems hotel internet service is so superior to just a few years ago, at least so far. I like this trend.


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