twitter, by the way

we’ve added a new feature.  yes.  it’s twitter.  similar to the inevitable pull of the Twilight vampire series, we have succumbed to Twitter.  its on the right side of your screen there.  “short shouts”.  since we rarely have access to post here we can text message tweets.  they will be short and sweet and hopefully without spelling errors.

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Ferndale, a lovely place to get stuck

ellen and i have set up camp at the Ferndale fairground.  it promises to be another very cold night but THIS night I am equipped with a brand new sleeping bag liner (that actually resembles cheesecloth so i don’t have much faith in it).  wish me luck.  Eureka left us feeling uninspired this morning..  what a strange car-centric seeming place!  coffee is to seattle like auto dealers and auto repair shops are to Eureka.  We stopped at Lost Coast Brewery then tried to hit the road.  101 out of town was pretty awful.  it felt illegal to be riding on that stretch so we were happy to be diverted onto back-country roads.  ..until.. Loleta.  it was immediately weird.  there was a little gang of adults on those mini motorcycles revving their engines as we pulled into town.  other odd congregations of people in an otherwise very sleepy town.  we needed a rest-stop so we headed toward signs of life and found only a post office, liquor store and butcher shop.  i bought a red bull.  so… the streets are dead quiet and empty.  this guy in a NICE SUIT passes us and says we should get our bikes off the sidewalk cause people are trying to pass.  !!!  seriously – no one is around.  we are alone with this guy passing to get to the post office.  then all of a sudden the tsunami/tornado siren goes off across the street.  then a three legged dog runs by and we realize there are stuffed animals all over.  we decide to leave immediately.

well.  here we are 10 miles from Loleta.  Ferndale could not be nicer.  everyone is at the pizza shop up the street, which smells great.  there are little fellas practicing football… the firemen are washing their engines… all the buildings are victorian.  we’re headed to the bar with live music for a glass of wine to keep us toasty this eve.

tomorrow! – avenue of the giants.  Daner, we’re going to stop at the Rockefeller Forest in that article you sent.  We’ve got a long climb into Leggett over the next couple days.  Sorry no more photo uploads.  These public computers either don’t allow it or are too slow.
(Alexis and Mike – congrats on your wedding this weekend!  i hope you all have a blast.  Sorry to be missing it.)

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Cali catch up?!

Erica and I are woefully behind in our posts. We have limited internet access in beach towns. In general, we’ve had AMAZING weather, which means it hasn’t rain on us 🙂 We made it through OR pretty much dry but with a few dewy mornings. We’ve had cold nights though and are longing for some Southern Cali warmth.

The Oregon coast was filled with fishing towns and NW winds, to our advantage. Only the crazy and the Germans are heading North at this point! We’ve seen seals and sea lions but are waiting for our elusive whales. Southern OR was aslo ATV and dune land. We’ve run into lots of bike groups along the way, some out for the whole coast, some for just the OR coast and some headed all the way to South America. People have been incredibly generous as well. So far we’ve been gifted steak, ribs and huckleberries from Molly in Bandon. Yum!

 

We do get off of 101 every once and a while. Our maps like to take us up roads like Seven Devils or Whiskey Run, which are aptly named.  The traffic on 101 can be annoying at times but it generally has a decent enough shoulder for us.

Passed into Cali, which was a bit anticlimactic given there wasn’t a “WELCOME TO CALI, ELLEN AND ERICA” sign and just an agriculture check point.

All has been good in general. Decent enough campsites, sunny skies and beautiful scenery.

 

Headed through the Redwoods again. Majestic and humbling.

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The middle (OR) coast

Ellen- Day 7 continued. We had a beautiful climb up into the forest/hills and flew down into cattle/high desert land. It’s amazing how quickly the scenery changes as we bike along. We had am amazing climb as we watched the sunset at the end of the day (we get to take advantage of those last rays) before we pulled into our campsite. We were greeted with “You’re here!” by two guys, one just off of a three week fishing jaunt. Nick and Quinn, in all of their merriment, were kind enough to share their steak (!) with us and Erica found these amazing smore kits that we cooked up. IT rained a little that night but steak and smores will keep you warm.

Day 8: Beverly State Park to Florence. A very OR day. Overcast with a small hint of rain. We’re both wearing leggings right now. Lots of climbing so it was nice to have the cool weather. We had lots of cliff views and saw tons of sea lions. Erica and I also indulged in our first seafood. I’ve been craving fish tacos.

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Say cheese!

Ellen again- Day six was lots of long slow climbs. We have had AMAZING weather and I think Erica might have a skewed view of what the OR Coast is all about. We’ve been slathering on the sunscreen and are starting to get some silly tan lines. I have some good sunglass lines and my gloves are starting to show. We of course HAD to do the Tillamook Cheese Factory Tour where we saw them slice and dice cheese. And then we ate it. And ice cream. Delicious. Sure did smell like the midwest though. We felt right at home.

Elina, Erica’s cousin, drove out from Portland to visit us, rescued us from a terrible RV camp and and took us to camp at Cape Lookout. Beer and real firewood make life swell! The stars have been amazing and we’ve been lucky to have clear skies and dry nights. It’s amazing to wake up and have things be dry. Erica got to be on racoon patrol that night and kept us, or at least our food, safe. Sneaky animals. I slept through the whole thing. FYI- We are now channeling vampires in our biking efforts. Ride like a vampire.

Day 7:

Fun does not go unpunished, however, and we started off our morning first thing with a pretty nasty climb. Hot and sunny again. Met a writer from Wend Magazine who should totally check our blog out!!! Hi, Anna Brones!

Getting kicked off the computer. More to come!

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OR Coast here we come!

Ellen here- Well we’ve made it past the one week mark! We’re writing from the library in Waldport, OR. Erica and I have spent the past few days working our way down the Oregon Coast. Spent a lovely morning in Astoria at the Farmers’ Market and then pedaled our way out of town. Saw one Goonie but that’s it.

We (well I) were a little apprehensive about the climbing ahead of us. Our maps give us an elevation guide of the Oregon Coast and big ascents seemed daunting. To our pleasant surprise, a lot of the climbing we did in WA and to the Coast was much harder. We had a short day (it’s the weekend people) and decided to stop in Cannon Beach where we finally dipped our feet into the Pacific Ocean.

Our campsite that night was great thanks to our wonderful neighbors, Alicia, Mark, Josh, Daniel and their dog Cody. They gastronomically adopted us and forced us to eat both dinner and breakfast with them 🙂 Hmmm…. oatmeal again or pancakes, bacon and scrambled eggs? We were even handed warm cups off coffee inthe morning. Hard to resist.

We’ve been passing lots of Bicycle Adventure groups and a few solo tourists here and there. Hi, Jim from SF!

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got rained on last night.

we dissembled camp in the rain but it cleared up by 10am.  I wrote this as we waited for the ferry on Puget Island.  Ellen is happy to oblige my constant hunger for black berries.  later we hit the Berry Patch in Westport and had a delicious slice of marion berry Pie.  had to laugh – Marion Barry is the ex mayor of DC.  marion berries are very similar to blackberries – but more conical i guess? 
We treated ourselves to a 42 mile day so we could stay the night in Astoria.  on the look out for goonies!  found fat lazy sea lions covering the boat docks.  astoria is a very cute town of seaside weathered victorian homes.  and breweries.  we enjoyed Fort George.  so a day of loooong climbs and rewarding downhills ends at a hostel.  dried out our stuff.  yay.

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