Oregon: North Coast

These are photographs taken during a five day road trip on the Catrike 700, with one goal to determine if this trike is worthy of overland journeys. The trip began on Sunday, September 14 at the Columbia River (Washington border), and concluded on Thursday, September 18 in Florence, Oregon, the approximate half-way point along the Oregon Coast. The starting location is the farthest north and west that one can ride in the State of Oregon, where the Columbia River flows into the Pacific Ocean. Total mileage was about 220, or roughly 354 kilometers, which included distances in addition to Oregon Coast Highway 101 (such as the Three Capes Scenic Loop and the Otter Crest Loop – both well worth the extra mileage and time).

In addition to some time spent riding and chatting with an Adventure Cycling Association supported tour group of 14 diamond frame bikers, I specifically rode with two cyclists as part of a loosely planned fluid itinerary. Sunday and Monday, I rode with Gary Bunting (Catrike 700), Tuesday I rode solo, and Wednesday and Thursday I rode with Amanda Alexander (Burley Vagabond). A serious nocturnal raccoon invasion occurred in Cannon Beach. Light rain occurred at Waldport, prompting an overnight in a KOA log cabin. Weather was mostly warm and sunny. September is usually the sunniest coastal month.

Some of the towns I rode through on the way south were: Warrenton, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Nehalem, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Yachats, and Florence. The views are spectacular, especially when pedaling hundreds of feet above the Pacific Ocean, with precipitously steep (nearly vertical) cliffs to the right!

DAY BY DAY:

Sunday: Hammond to Cannon Beach

Monday: Cannon Beach to Tillamook

Tuesday: Tillamook to Lincoln City (via Three Capes Scenic Loop)

Wednesday: Lincoln City to Waldport

Thursday: Waldport to Florence

Okay, here are all the pictures I snapped along the way (click any thumbnail for the larger version, then use your right or left arrow keys to navigate). By the way, if you wish to read about my impressions of the Catrike 700 for use as a touring vehicle, click HERE.

The final photo of Wild Child stripped down to race mode was taken the next morning after the trip was completed as part of its cleaning process, and to prepare for some fun local rides with no cargo! Yee Haa …

NOTE: To view 1,220 photographs of the entire trike journey from the Columbia River of northern Oregon, to Morro Bay, California, near San Luis Obispo, please click HERE. Be extra patient, as the page may take a few moments to load on your computer due to the graphic intensive nature of the material (lots of pictures).