Note: I have not finished my Oregon series. The previous few posts were inserted as a result of selling my Kymco Xciting 500Ri scooter to DanOnTheDrive . I will continue where I previously left off just so Gary doesn't get more confused.
We (when I say we I mean SonjaM and Myself) had planned to spend a lazy day wandering about the coast with no set agenda, using Lincoln City as our base of operations. We thought that after a day of exploring it would be nice to have a home to come back to.
I usually wake up earlier on weekends than weekdays, so while I am waiting for SonjaM to get more beauty sleep I wandered down to the beach to snap a few photos. It started out as a breezy cool day and I wondered if the sun was going to break through the clouds. There was lots of wave action and lots of seagulls. The good thing about modern technology was that we keep in touch sending text messages to our smart phones. We devised a system to keep in contact. While I was waiting for her message I was wandering about and learned that
you are not allowed to feed the birds . Our hotel has an included continental breakfast so we had our fill and headed south and made our first stop
The sun came out and it was getting much warmer, though windy. We took the Otter Crest Loop and came to this viewpoint where we saw this unusual HD all decked out
It was a man & wife team having ridden up from somewhere in California. He (I forget his name but it is on my video) . If you look closely at his bike you will see a lot of details that you miss on superficial inspection
I was just imagining a certain Gary France riding this machine all across the USA . I think this bike gets a lot of attention wherever it goes. The owner said that it has won a lot of awards and is one of the top ten bikes in the USA for it`s theme. It has been featured in several Harley magazines
That`s him behind the bike . The Otter Point viewpoint is on top of a cliff. You can get a commanding view of the coastline
At Punch Bowl State park we had to stop for more photos
(My riding buddy, SonjaM with her BMW F650GS)
It was nice to feel the warmth of the sun without a pressing timetable. For the first time since we left British Columbia we did not have to wake up early. We had a day to ourselves to meander as we wished. Start, stop, snap a few photos, sit on the grass, or sit on a log.
We headed down to Newport and visited another lighthouse right before the Yaquina Bridge. We noticed these Yellow bikes and Sonja just had to park next to them. She is attracted to yellow, they are like a magnet
We chatted with these riders for a while. They were camping somewhere around Tillamook on the 3 cape loop and were heading south to Florence for the day.
Our Crocs were daylight deprived and they were making such a racket that it was stuffy inside our cases so we brought them out into the sunshine for them to pose in front of the Yaquina bridge. We managed to bring a smile to their faces .
We then headed over the bridge and made our way to Seal Rock where we stopped for more posed photos. It was very windy navigating over the bridge and the surface made SonjaM cringe, but we made it both ways without incident.
When we got back to our hotel we wanted to do some bike maintenance
Here is SonjaM lubing the chain on her Beemer F650GS. She was doing such a great job I wondered if I could impose upon her to . . .
lube my chain too. My chain is on the left side
She asked if she could do this again after we get home. We both have Xena Alarmed disk locks . After we secured our bikes for the night we went our separate ways for a bit before dinner. I spent some time in the SPA and chatted with a couple of other bikers, one of whom was just at the BMW MOA Rally in Redmond. The other was riding a Harley from somewhere just south of Corvallis and was in town on business.
It was too much trouble to unlock our bikes and lose our precious under cover parking spots so we walked a few blocks to the main street and found an Italian Restaurant to have our meal
(Reflection in a mirror)
I guess we were hungrier than we thought. We started to devour our food before we thought about bringing the camera out. I think it was the fresh salt air . . .
We had a restful day, just enjoying being somewhere different. Tomorrow we had to start our long trek home. We had allocated two days to get home taking the slow route. Tomorrow we needed an early start