Aug 27: Fort Stevens State Park near Astoria to Nehalem State Park (40.8 miles)

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.

6 thoughts on “Aug 27: Fort Stevens State Park near Astoria to Nehalem State Park (40.8 miles)”

  1. That loooooooong beach is just beautiful. Thanks for showing it to us. Alice’s son and grandson are visiting us for a few days at Sea Ranch, It’s been foggy or cloudy until just a few minutes ago. (6PM on Monday.) How are your shins?

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    1. My shins are doing great! So far, and knock on wood that it continues, things are feeling good! I hope to see you when I roll into Sea Ranch in mid September



  2. Dale, what beautiful views of the Oregon Coast! Thanks for posting the photos. I’m really enjoying your blog, and am interested in how all your gear performs. Your setup is quite similar to mine. Enjoy the sunshine!

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  3. Dale, glad to hear you’re safe and dry (!) Beautiful views of the coast. I hope your shins are feeling better. We’ll miss you at the Hot Spot this weekend. Maybe if you picked up the pace?

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  4. I’ve had the same trouble with a tent groundsheet. The problem is fixed if the groundsheet doesn’t stick out from under the tent. If the groundsheet itself is rained on, then the water runs over its surface and under the tent. So none of the groundsheet can be exposed to the rain.

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    1. Yes, I think that is exactly what happened. The tent footprint I made has vestibule areas that are too large and get exposed catching tent runoff. I’ll either have to trim them or retract them when not in use.


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