I think today was the best day of riding so far. Not only was it a mere 44 miles, but the weather was bright, sunny, and warm. We left the Adrift Hotel in Long Beach, WA around 7:30 am and started our ride on a bike path that skirted the shoreline before taking us up into the hills. After a few short steep climbs and a screaming descent, we joined U.S. 101. The morning traffic was light and most of the next 20 miles as flat with a nice shoulder.
|A carved wooden sculpture of porpoises at the start of bike path.|
|At the end of the bike path we consult our queue sheets for directions.|
|I admittedly hope to lose some weight on this trip,|
but I hope I don't end up quite this emaciated!
A few miles later, we faced the 4.1 mile long Astoria-Megler Bridge that spans the Columbia River between Washington and Oregon. I had originally planned to ride across the bridge with our "sag" driver Jean in "Little bo beep" (the name affectionately given to the little white Subaru that runs the route with cold water, snacks, and the occasional exhausted rider), but with some urging from fellow rider Terese, I decided to peddle across.
|A fellow rider preparing to depart the final "sag"|
stop before crossing the Astoria-Mergler Bridge.
|Stopping to catch my breath, I snapped this photo |
looking towards the Washington side of the bridge.
|This photo comes courtesy of Wikipedia and give a|
sense of the final steep ascent before exiting into Astoria, OR.
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