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Cycling Astoria OR to SF CA: Day 2 – Barview campground to Lincoln City

Today’s Distance: 63 miles
Total Distance: 122 miles

Day two! Honestly, I woke up feeling somewhat disappointed that I didn’t really hit my mileage goal for day one. As you can see from my Strava track, a lot of the route today was inland a bit so I was riding through farmland and I swear I kept seeing trucks of hops going by. Also, the aroma of manure was thick in the air. I actually saw a pump truck, pumping liquified cow manure on a field at one point so that explained that.

Around mid-morning I finally made it to Tillimook and was able to ship some stuff ahead to myself. Turns out Astoria is closed on the weekends! So I was toting like 8-10 lbs of extra weight on my bike. Additionally, I tossed my u-lock because I brought the wrong key; worthless. I’ll need to pickup a new u-lock soon though I’ve not found much opportunity to lock up my bike. Total weight off the bike: ~15 lbs.

Lunch today was veggie pizza in Pacific City. The pizza was delicious but I ended up eating too much and was sick a few miles down the road. Ugh.

The rest of the day passed pretty uneventful. The big climb of the day was saved for the very last and boy was it a doozy. Probably the hardest, longest climb I’ve ever done; can’t remember a harder or longer one. I arrived at camp after dark, quickly setup and zonked out.

I don’t have an exact spot picked out for a target today. Just going to pedal until I’m too tired.

Astoria to SF day 2

Astoria to SF day 2

Astoria to SF day 2

Astoria to SF day 2

Cycling Astoria OR to SF CA: Day 1 – Astoria to Barview campground

Todays Distance – 59 miles
Total Distance – 59 miles

Well, today was an interesting first day. I had a flat, I underestimated the climbing challenges today and I didn’t get to my planned destination.

I’m super exhausted so I’ll come back and clean this post up a bit but here are the highlights.

The Pacific coast is GORGEOUS. Wow, for reals.

I caught a flat tire within the first 20 miles of day 1. I even just put new, expedition grade tires on too. Bleh.

There were 3 serious climbs today. I’ve now calibrated what the little lines on the map elevation profile actually MEANS.

During the 2nd climb, there was a super sketchy bridge situation. For those who saw my Facebook live, you know what’s up. For everybody else, go check out my Facebook live video.

With all the climbing, I failed to reach my mileage goals for today so I camped at a different camp ground th an I planned. They had hot showers (coin operated and no lights!!) so that was good enough for me. I can hear the surf in the distance and it’s a very brisk night. I expect to sleep really great tonight.

I’m aiming for LIncoln City tomorrow high is about 65 miles or there about a with two big climbs. Wish me luck.

Day one photos are here.

 

Morning, Internet: 08/04

Good morning. We’re about to head over to Vandy for Jen’s last infusion. I’m telecommuting today so that I can go with her on this last visit; we’re excited.

I didn’t bike to work yesterday. I’ve felt melancholy for the last couple days and I just wasn’t feeling it, at all. The last couple weekends have just been packed with activities and I feel a little out of control. I did manage to do the laundry between the activities but that was it. No grocery shopping or other chores so I didn’t have anything to take for lunch for Monday. I ended up just getting a couple egg white delight mcmuffins for breakfast. I ate from the snack machine at work for lunch which means kit kats and Funyuns. Yay? We did finally shop yesterday so now I just have the normal excuse of being lazy for not making lunch stuff to take for work.

Endeavoring to do better…

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