Pacific Coast Bicycle Route – Day 10 – More “Hills”

Before leaving Centralia this morning, we cycled into town to see the historic section. Beautiful murals adorned the walls of the buildings and the main street was filled with antique shops, bars, pubs, restaurants, and more antique shops.

Murals in historic Centralia, Wa
Murals in historic Centralia, Wa
Wished this hotel was still around
Wished this hotel was still around

It was a good three mile warm-up before we started up the hills for the day. Our map indicated we were to ride on Salzer Valley Road and I thought we would have a flat ride like yesterday. No way…our first “hill” was 1.3 miles and a very gradual climb, then a beautiful long ride on the ridge overlooking the valley we had just left.

Overlooking the valley after climbing first "hill" out of Centralia
Overlooking the valley after climbing first “hill” out of Centralia

The descent was a 16% grade and took a very short time to get to the bottom.

Quick ride down!
Quick ride down!

A few more miles and then we started another climb, a long gradual cycle with another quick descent. For 44 miles today we followed this same pattern. Who said going south on the Pacific Coast Cycle route was all downhill?
Every now and then I would look behind me and there would be no Bill. He was capturing photographs of those beautiful old vehicles.

Bill stopped to admire the old truck
Bill stopped to admire the old truck

He is just enamored with the old cars and trucks.

Hotrod Chevrolet pickup
Hotrod Chevrolet pickup

Thank goodness, I have the map to follow. We comment each day that “everything is beautiful, in its own way…” whether it’s a wild iris, a restored custom Chevy hotrod truck, or a calf stopped to check out the crazy bicycle riders.

Wild iris
Wild iris
I think, wild asters
I think, wild asters
Ghostly fungus covered trees
Ghostly fungus covered trees
a little bit of history
a little bit of history
Sweet calf
Sweet calf

We have stopped for the day in Castle Rock, Washington – 35 miles from Mt. St. Helens (not visible right now due to cloud cover). Rain predicted tomorrow may slow us down, but we still hope to be in Astoria, Oregon by the weekend.