• Brian Rawson

Emulating Abe - U.S. 360 Day 60 from Newport OR to Pacific City OR

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

41 miles – Total so far: 3137 miles

If I told you today was an enjoyable day, I wouldn’t be honest, no matter how hard I try and spin it. So, I plan to emulate ol’ “Honest Abe” Lincoln in my writings today, which is sort of apropos considering I spent most of the day in Lincoln County Oregon passing through towns aptly named Lincoln Beach and Lincoln City.

Driving rain was a constant for most of the day, pelting my face because of the constant North wind. The precipitation, frigid temperatures, and three really “good” climbs buried my fun meter to new depths. I didn’t come close to reaching my goal of Cape Lookout, which would have been another 16 miles up the road in these miserable conditions. My hands being completely numb, my clothes soaked all the way to the bone, my spirit depleted, I finally surrendered at a nice little cottage in Pacific City OR. Upon my arrival, the lady at the front desk felt so sorry for me that she volunteered to take my drenched clothes and dry them for me, while I tried to restrain my teeth from chattering out of my head by the heater!

I passed through the quaint fishing and whale watching villages of Depoe Bay, Lincoln City and Neskowin today. Depoe Bay was of interest, not only because of it’s strategic whale watching location, but also because the fishing scene in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was actually filmed there in 1975. I saw no whales, although I did see the place where you’re supposed to see them; saw no elk, although I saw the ODOT road sign where the big animals apparently hang out.

Today I learned that there are nice little old ladies everywhere that enjoy taking care of me, and I also learned that ODOT construction crews are mighty friendly to this Texas Boy.

It’s All Good.

Photo of the Day: Surly Pearl watching the rough seas and looking for whales in Depoe Bay OR.

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