Pacific Coast Bicycle Route – Day 12- Finally, Oregon

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,

Bridge from Cathlamet to Puget Island, across part of the Columbia RIver
Bridge from Cathlamet to Puget Island, across part of the Columbia RIver

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.

Ferry ride to Oregon
Ferry ride to Oregon

Leaving the ferry dock,

Oregon, finally
Oregon, finally

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.

I know, not quite a tall hill
I know, not quite a tall hill

Once we reached the outskirts of Astoria, we were able to leave the highway for a riverside trail.

View from the Riverside Trail, Astoria, Oregon
View from the Riverside Trail, Astoria, Oregon

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.

Barking sea lions
Barking sea lions
Lazing on the docks, Astoria
Lazing on the docks, Astoria

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.

The bridge we did not take, 2 miles long
The bridge we did not take, 2 miles long
Finished with Map 1, on to Map 2, 12 days -398 miles
Finished with Map 1, on to Map 2, 12 days -398 miles

2 thoughts on “Pacific Coast Bicycle Route – Day 12- Finally, Oregon”

    1. stored in Seattle, will take train back to Seattle from San Diego when we finish cycle trip. We will be picking up Tate and taking him on the train, retrieving RV and heading to ALaska for July with Tate.

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