Pacific Coast Bicycle Route – Day 13 – Seaside, Oregon

Another gorgeous, sunny day (unusual in these parts) greeted us as we cycled towards our destination of Seaside, Oregon. We left Astoria

Leaving Astoria, cycling along Young's Bay
Leaving Astoria, cycling along Young’s Bay

by way of two short bridges across Young’s River and then the Lewis and Clark River. We cycled past Fort Clatsop, a Lewis and Clark National Historic Site. Then we followed a winding road

Along Lewis and Clark Rd, near Astoria
Along Lewis and Clark Rd, near Astoria

through the valley with short rollercoaster hills, with one long hill before we viewed the Pacific from the summit and headed down

Heading downhill towards Seaside
Heading downhill towards Seaside

into the town of Seaside. With temperatures in the 80’s, families had come to the beach for the beautiful weather.

Seaside Beach with headlands we will have to cycle over tomorrow
Seaside Beach with headlands we will have to cycle over tomorrow

Since our hotel room  wasn’t ready, we cycled around town, checking out a few of the shops, picking up snacks at a mom and pop market, finding socks at the Eddie Bauer outlet and Bill picked up WD-40 at the local Ace.

We cycled next to the Pacific on the Promenade, a busy boardwalk similar to Virginia Beach – but much more sand and dunes between the Promenade and the Pacific.

Scene from the Promenade Boardwalk, Seaside, Oregon
Scene from the Promenade Boardwalk, Seaside, Oregon

This evening we walked the Promenade to dinner and back, fewer people as most folks have to return to work tomorrow. Bill is sampling the chowders each night and claims that Pacific Coast seafood is much better than back home.

Tomorrow’s weather will be a few degrees cooler, only in the 70’s and we are headed over some hilly headlands and rocky cliffs towards Manzanita, Oregon (as long as I can continue to make it up the hills).

Just in case we have a Tsunami – we must be prepared.

Tsunami Evacuation Route
Tsunami Evacuation Route