It rained on and off all night and the water seeped onto my tent footprint, sandwiched under the tent and then into the tent. Luckily, it was constrained to under my inflatable sleeping pad and did not get me or my clothes wet. The footprint did a great job keeping the dirt dry though!
My goal today is to cruise down 101 about 40 miles to Nehalem State Park, where hot showers and a hike/biker site awaits!
I headed out early hoping the sun would break through the morning clouds and allow me to dry my wet gear. Just a few miles down the road I got sun and a great drying rack: a fence surrounding a soccer field
I passed through the cute town of Seaside which was the terminus for this year’s Hood to Coast run, a 199 mile relay race that finished on Sunday. Work crews were disassembling the pavilions, but it was still a beautiful view
A bit further down Coast I saw a few of the many sea stacks that the ride through Oregon has to offer
Today’s ride had a few long climbs. I know full well what this sign means: we’re headed uphill!
The views from the bluffs are grand
I also got to pass through a long tunnel on one of the uphill sections. There was a button for me to turn on the “biker in tunnel” light, but the shoulder was very narrow and the echoing engine noises made it difficult to know if something big was coming up behind me. I made it through without problems thanks to patient and attentive drivers.
I stocked up on lunch, dinner and breakfast items at a local health food store and then setup camp. The sun is out and there is a nice breeze to dry off any remaining rain drop on my tent. I feel great after a shower and am ready for tomorrow.