This morning dawned bright and sunny. We left at 7:30 hoping to cover 4 miles to the ferry by 8:00 with no hills to slow us down. A short bridge took us across part of the Columbia RIver to Puget Island,
where we caught a ferry that took us the rest of the way across the Columbia to Westport, Oregon. The ferry had been out of commission all week and we ended up being the only passengers on the short ride 1.5 mile crossing.
Leaving the ferry dock,
we took a short breakfast break at the Berry Patch Restaurant. In a separate kitchen from the restaurant kitchen, the staff cook all kinds of jellies and jams from all kinds of berries and fruits, including elderberry, loganberry, marionberry, raspberry, blackberry, red currant, strawberry, and blueberry. They even had a selection of fruit wines – including rhubarb – which I purchased for Bill. Back on our bikes, we traveled Highway 30 another 27 miles along the Columbia River. We had quite a few hills to climb again today, some were 2 mile ascents (slow and gradual) and 2 mile descents that were covered quickly.
Once we reached the outskirts of Astoria, we were able to leave the highway for a riverside trail.
After a few miles on the trail we thought we heard barking dogs, only to discover as we got closer, it was a sea lion colony.
We have stopped for the day in Astoria and plan to cycle to Seaside tomorrow. Bill may get up early and ride the bridge we did not take. I will have my second cup of coffee and enjoy my book.