From Chris’ place in Beaverton, I dropped south for a bit before picking up US-101, Oregon’s Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, again, at Newport. I started craving seafood as soon as I smelled the salt air, so I stopped in at South Beach Fish Marketfor fresh boiled Dungeness crab.
The meeting of the chilly Pacific Ocean waters with the summertime warm air created clouds of sea mist that I rode in and out of throughout my southward jaunt down the Oregon coast. At times, the water was a fabulous shade of blue with seastacks poking out here and there along the shore. At other times, the foggy mist was so thick, I had to strain to see whether the next curve in the road would hug the rocky land to my left, or swing my path to the right, closer to the ocean. The constant change in temperature and precipitation along the 300+ mile coastline had me either adding on, or stripping off, a layer of clothing at just about every stop.
The scenery, food, accommodations, and even road conditions, along Oregon’s coast were stellar! I love riding along water, but I was excited to get to the next stop on this journey: the Redwood Trees!
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