More backroads near SitkumSeptember 28 in the United States
More nice scenery on today's ride
More nice scenery on today's ride
More lovely scenery on the back-roads
Booked in for a few days, US Open and England’s first World Cup match are on the agenda. Lovely surprise to have a visit from our friends Herb and Emmy Lou who we first met in 2003 at a Discovery Rally in Rayne, LA. They are looking great and are our inspiration to live life on the road. They’ve been full timing for 20 years and Herb will be 88 this year - still biking and hiking, what a great couple !!!Read more
Yesterday's drive down from Astoria took us about five hours. It was slow going on the 101 with numerous small towns en route. However, it was also very scenic and traffic was quite light overall so it was an enjoyable drive.
I'm sitting outside our trailer having coffee while entering this trip update. The kids enjoy sleeping in and I'm fine with that. Gives me a bit of time to wake slowly, enjoy my coffee and just relax before my exercise session. I've managed most days so far to either go for a 30 min run or a bike ride before the kids get up and before breakfast.
Today, we are scheduled to rent 250cc ATV's and ride the Dunes. I'll let you know how that goes later today. I've got FIDO until about 4 pm and then only very limited WIFI.
So, we got out with the ATV's and roamed the Dunes. It was a perfect day for it with no winds to create sand storms and a very comfortable temperature. It took the first half hour to get the hang of it and how now to get stuck, but with the help of other, very friendly and experienced ATV'ers we learned. We had a lot of fun and only Emma got thrown off her ATV. She took a turn a bit too quick. Soft landing and she was good to keep going.Read more
Jetzt fahren wir schon die letzte Etappe entlang der Küste Oregons. Wir starten wieder sehr früh, damit die kleinen Beifahrerinnen die meiste Fahrzeit über noch schlafen können. Wir frühstücken am Cape Perpetua, das mit 800ft. der höchste Punkt an der Küste ist. Dort wandern wir eine kleine Schleife mit spektakulärem Blick und süßen Squirrels. Am Heceta Lighthouse schauen wir Surfern zu und laufen ein Stück am Fluss entlang. Surfen möchten beide Mädchen auch gern können: der Seepferdchen-Plan gewinnt eine ganz neue Dimension.Read more
Strandtag im Beverly Beach State Park - der war sowas von nötig und er kam genau zum richtigen Zeitpunkt. Der Campground gefällt uns gut: unter großen duftenden Zedern, mit kleinem Flußlauf und direkt am Strand. Somit verbringen wir den Nachmittag komplett am Strand, den man erreicht, indem man unterm 101 hindurchläuft. Aus Treibholz bauen wir eine Piratenfestung, tanken Sonne ohne Ende und kehren erst zum RV zurück, als alle von uns ganz sandverklebte Gesichter haben. Der starke Wind am Meer hat uns zudem ordentlich durchgepustet, sodass wir uns mit großem Appetit zum Abendessen Burger mit allem drum und dran grillen. Selbst genug Muße zum Reisetagebuch-Schreiben finden wir noch, bevor es Zeit fürs Schlafen wird: Happy Camping und so!Read more
After leaving Crater Lake, we drove straight through to the coast and set up our tent near Bandon at the Bullard Bay State Park. It was an extremely busy and crowded campsite, but the beach was nearly deserted. We trekked through the forested dunes to a very windy beach just in time to see the sunset. There were some driftwood shelters set up which protected us from the wind. Of course we ended the night with a campfire! Tomorrow, we head back up to Salem.Read more
Brew fest in the Tenmile County Park next to the campground. Beer 🍻, wine 🍷, food 🍤 and live music 🎶. BBQ oysters were devine !!
We left our Super 8 motel early as it was a long drive today. Nearly 8 hours, or a whole page and a bit of the USA A-Z!
The first stretch included the final miles of the Highway 1 North, a road we became acquainted with all the way back on Day 3. Even for this last section Alice and I thought there was enough scenic beauty to warrant it a favourite on this Highway. This might also have something to do with the weather as it has been all sunshine since San Francisco.
Highway 101 was next and it took us straight into bendy interior roads with tight hairpin corners. This then led into two options, a continuation of the Highway 101 on open straight roads or the 'Avenue of the Giants' which was the old bendy road with huge redwood trees. We took the scenic route and we're glad we did as the trees lining the road are ridiculously large. This area has one of the biggest trees in the world but that would require a short hike. Our aim for today was still a long way off and so we continued on. We are on Day 12 of 90 and we have only really seen California and some of Nevada so far. We better get a move on if we're going to do this loop!
After the trees we saw the wood... of the log cabin infused theme of Applebee's, an all American dining experience. It also reminded me of the 'Harvester' chain in the UK, minus the free salad, and it reminded Alice of the 'Cobb'n'Co' chain in New Zealand. I had the 'streetlife chicken and cajun shrimp sizzler' and Alice had the 'won ton shrimp stirfry'. The food was very good and well priced but it was our server who capped off our lunch. When I asked for a glass of water I got his finger pointed at me in a non-threatening gun gesture followed by a wink and a 'you got it!'. I also got my coffee 'on the house' for some reason. It's been twelve days of good to excellent service so far and today we hit exceptional. He definitely deserved a recommended 18% tip. I pushed it to 20%.
Leaving with smiles and full bellies it was not long before we hit the Oregon state line. California has been a blast and we would love to come back and discover the state further in the future. Crossing into Oregan there were still lots of trees, lakes and so forth and I thought it would take a little while for Oregon to reveal itself. On arrival at our destination, Coos Bay, a change was soon becoming apparent. Primarily the increased presence of the logging and fishery industries. However, it is still early in this picturesque state and tomorrow, more driving and revelation awaits.
Song of the Day:
KC and the Sunshine Band - Give It Up (heard it on the road and summed up how we felt about not getting to see everything we want to)Read more
Nachdem wir uns von allen Vieren verabschiedet hatten, ging es weiter zum Redwoods Nationalpark. Signifikant für diesen Park sind seine riesigen Bäume, die zum Teil über 1000 Jahre alt sind. Annette und Björn hatten uns einen Campingplatz empfohlen, sodass wir schon eine feste Adresse zum Schlafen hatten. Naja- eigentlich, denn nachdem wir ca. 5min dort waren und sowohl eine Klapperschlange als auch eine weitere Schlangenart ziemlich nah zu Gesicht bekamen, entschlossen wir uns eine andere Bleibe für die Nacht aufzusuchen🙈
Mit Blick auf die Küste gab es am Abend Wraps und im Anschluss daran ein Bier in der Socke (da man ja in den USA nicht in der Öffentlichkeit trinken darf..). Naja, von Hildes Dach aus schmeckte das Bier auch so ziemlich gut☺
Jetzt gerade chillen wir am Strand und schreiben Einträge😉Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Coos County, مقاطعة كوس, Кус, কোস কাউন্টি, Condado de Coos, Coosi maakond, Coos konderria, شهرستان کوس، اورگن, Comté de Coos, Coos megye, Քուս շրջան, Contea di Coos, クーズ郡, Coos Comitatus, Coos Kūn, Hrabstwo Coos, Comitatul Coos, Округ Кус, کوز کاؤنٹی، اوریگون, Quận Coos, Condado han Coos, 庫斯縣