Saturday, July 25, 2009

Dunes and ATVs Galore

Day 11--Honeyman to Sunset Bay
We awoke to blue skies (still abit chilly though). The wind was pretty much non-existant. Athough we woke up earlier than usual (it's hard to go back to sleep after such a long hike to the potty shack), we still weren't on the road until a little after 8:00.
We rode into Reedsport on the lookout for a bakery. Who better to ask than a local postal worker? Yeah, she wasn't much help so we settled for donuts from Safeway.
At Winchester Bay we turned off 101 to take a more scenic route that included the Umpqua River Lighthouse. The wind was at our backs and we were watching all the ATVs and various other off-road vehicles riding in the dunes. I've never seen so many ATVs! We rode about 3 miles where the road dead ended. Apparently, I missed the turn to the lighthouse. It was cool to see the dunes and the ATVs, but the ride back to the lighthouse road against the wind was NOT fun!
After that little detour we returned to 101 and rode across the McCulloug Bridge into North Bend. As seems to be usual, Julie got yelled at to walk her bike. I didn't, and haven't so far. We can't figure out why she gets yelled at, but I don't (I didn't even have my skort on!).
On our way out to Cape Arago where the park is, we stopped at a DQ for a respite from the fog that had been rolling in. I had ice cream and French fries. Julie had a burger and fries (first dinner--some days we eat 4 meals). It hit the spot and fueled us the rest of the way to Sunset Bay.
At Sunset Bay we thought we were going to be the only ones in the hiker/biker site, but a young kid named Nick rolled in. He was from Kentucky and was heading to San Francisco before heading back east.
We have one more night of camping, but Julie is ready to be done now ( really she could have been done at the beach house). Regardless, we have two good days of riding then we will be to the border.

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