Coastal Contemplations

Coastal Contemplations day 6

today too today too… cheating clouds -Issa rain day I’ve planned all along to spend several days on the beaches but on this day the weather forced my hand.  It rained on and off throughout the night and when I woke up it was really coming down. I’d begun to recognize the pattern though: sprinkles become rain, which falls for a spell and then fades away. The sun may even briefly poke through. So during…

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Coastal Contemplations

Coastal Contemplations day 5

watching the downpour under a temple bell -Issa sometimes it pours I lingered in Astoria having breakfast out, relishing supplies, finishing my coffee. The skids were cloudy, but streaked with blue and it was warm when the sun worked its way through the cracks.  I made my way out of town the same way I came in, following the waterfront trail.  At the Astoria Bridge the route makes a nice gentle climb into the hills above the…

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Coastal Contemplations

Coastal Contemplations day 4

the ants’ road from peaks of clouds to here -Issa a short ride over a long bridge A grey morning, cooler and every so often brief periods of sprinkles. Today I’d cross the Astoria Bridge to OR and I decided that I would stay the night in Astoria.  I haven’t really spent much time in that town though I’ve been through several times. So with a short ride ahead I was able to linger at…

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Tour2009

Tour 2009: day 8

The day dawned damp, overcast and quite foggy. Eager to return to the road after my day off I got up early and quickly packed up. I was nearly out of fuel for my little alcohol stove so I thought I’d only be able to make coffee. However it turned out to have enough juice to boil water aplenty for the last of my instant oatmeal as well. A hot breakfast is always welcome. It…

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Tour2009

Tour 2009: day 7

Today was a rest day where I took a break from cycling and hiked around Cape Lookout instead. In keeping with the theme I’ll make this a short entry as well. Being so close to the ocean means that the sounds of the surf dominates everything. I find thus tremendously soothing and it lulled me to sleep last night. Not having anything on the docket for today I lolled about in the tent then had…

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Tour2009

Tour 2009: day 6

Today’s tale begins and ends on beaches on the Oregon Coast seperated by 60 miles of pedaling. The first beach was Cannon which I walked for a half an hour or so before I checked out of my hotel. It was beautiful on the beach with scattered clouds and yes, sun. Already throngs were on the beach, they always seem to be pretty crowded. After my short stroll I checked out of my hotel. I’d…

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