Trip Log – Day 131 –Florence, OR to Coos Bay, OR

florence to Coos BaySeptember 13, 2015 – Sun, 65 degrees

Miles Today: 55

Miles to Date: 6,828

States to Date: 23

I spent the entire day rolling along US 101 within the Oregon Coast Dunes National Recreation Area. Tall trees shade the highway almost the entire way, while my diversions to the shore brought me into bright sunshine. I took a leisurely morning and left Florence when the mist cleared. Riding later in the day, which I avoided all summer, is not so bad when the thermometer never tops 70.

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Looking back on Florence, a lovely seaside town.

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In places the dunes roll back to inlets behind the shore.

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I went to the beach, climbed the dunes, and met a group of free spirits traveling in a van. Was there a word for folks like this before hippies? It seems so dated. Also met a guy in a khaki uniform sitting watch on the dune top to guard plovers, which are coming back in Oregon.

IMG_3982Further on was a terrific lighthouse and space of beach for whale watching. I am too inpatient to stand and wait for whales, so I kept on.

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Near Coos Bay the forest and sand just seem to collide.

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The Conde McCollough Memorial Bridge brought me into North Bend, a cool town.

IMG_3990I was amazed at this giant tanker being filled with pulp. Apparently it is cheaper to fill ships with pulp, send them to Asia to make paper, and then send the paper back here. Our world is so nuts; sometimes all we can do is laugh.

Got into Coos Bay at a reasonable time and found a nifty little motel for the night.

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About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, theawkwardpose.com is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog, www.howwillwelivetomorrw.com, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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