We left Seaside and stopped fairly quickly in Cannon Beach. It’s a great, little town with kite stores, candy stores, and other touristy shops, but quality items and local art. The town is really quaint and has a great feel to it. I bought a parafoil (kite size) and we picked up a new companion. Julia was sitting in a parking lot, having a snack and getting ready to begin her tour. We asked her to join us and set out.
Somewhere along the way, at a beautiful overlook we met a couple of guys from Portland. They were camping, cycling and generally ranking local craft beers. We all wound up having lunch together. Jim and Justin were great company. After lunch, Patrick, Julia and I hit the road, deciding to do a couple of short days to enjoy a warmshowers host, and then to start really hitting the road for longer rides.
Our warmshowers hosts were awesome! I’ve been completely spoiled by the wonderful people that share their homes and warmth with me when I’m touring. We had home-made spaghetti, a great salad, local bread and a yummy wine. The house had a great view of the pacific ocean, and when we awakened in the morning, we had done our laundry, the coffee was hot and ready, and Bill and Vicky served us home-made granola! Best ever, and I’ve made my own, thinking it was the best for too long. Vicky’s granola reigns as my all-time favorite granola. Thanks Vicky and Bill.
We headed out by about 8:10 am and headed about 50 miles down the road to Bike Newport. My bike’s gears are skipping and chunking a good bit. I pulled into Bikes and Beyond in Astoria, but Scott was really close to closing up for the evening. He did a quick fix for me and recommended that we stop here, for the work, since we might have more control over when we would arrive. This bike shop, “Bike Newport” is wonderful. The shop has an upstairs for touring cyclists, a lounge for us, and WIFI, as well as free showers! Is that great? They are working on Itzhak, replacing the cassette and checking to see if that will fix the problem. I’m somehow here well ahead of Patrick and Julia. They must have stopped and visited something fun, as I’m not usually ahead of them. Here are some of the beautiful things I saw today: