• Brian Rawson

Big on Small Town Oregon - U.S. 360 Day 61 from Pacific City OR to Manzanita OR

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

56 miles – Total so far: 3193 miles

I cannot remember a single day on this entire cycling tour passing through so many charming towns, quaint fishing villages, and beautiful seaside communities. At the risk of sounding like a charter member of the Oregon Chamber of Commerce, it is rare that one can enjoy so many cool, small towns in a single day, and rarer yet on the saddle of a bicycle.

From the beautiful little town of Pacific City OR with its huge offshore sea stack, through the fishing villages of Netarts, Garibaldi, Wheeler and Nehalem, to the Native American-named Tillamook made famous for its dairy, to the hipster beach town of Manzanita, it was simply a pleasure to be a part, albeit fleeting, of these places. Of special note, rode up and over Cape Lookout this morning after a 900 foot climb, and was rewarded with spectacular ocean and mountain vistas that I won’t soon forget.

The day was not without its emotions, however, when I found out that Ms. Dottie Nelson, the wife of my friend and spiritual mentor Ed Nelson, had passed away peacefully. The day’s ride was dedicated to Dottie. It was a beautiful day all day, except that the usual North wind picked back up around noon and made the last 10 miles or so feel more like a crawl than a bike ride.

I’m staying in Manzanita OR tonight after consuming a rather large plate of Mexican food, something I don’t usually do outside of the TexMex-friendly confines of Texas. I also had the pleasure of a phone call with my friend and fellow adventure cyclist Matthew Jarrett about the many challenges (weather, physical, mental) I have faced thus far. Matt’s words picked me up after a frank and meaningful conversation.

Today I learned that after feeling a little sorry for myself, I sometimes feel better simply by manning up, taking things one day at a time, and, did I say manning up?

It’s All Good.

Photo of the Day: Happiness at Rockaway Beach OR.

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