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Oregon

2015-05-15

tl;dr: I've left California behind. I'm in Oregon. I've left the coast behind. Hooray.

I left Crescent City as early as I could. Immediately my bicycle started making strange grinding noises in the rear, and there was an insistent clicking up front. I stopped and inspected and made some tweaks, but it didn't help. The grinding continued, and it was annoying. A while later, I stopped again and took my rear tire apart and shot a bunch of chain lube into my hub. That's probably not recommended, but the grinding was replaced by squeaking, so I call that an improvement. Also, I soon was on Highway 101 with all its traffic and a nasty headwind, so I couldn't hear the noises, anyway.

I saw a lot of cats today. I also saw a lot of mule deer. I also saw a lot of bicycle tourists.

Highway 101 was its typical windy, trafficy, cold self. Oh look, there's the ocean again. Before I finally was able to flee Highway 101 I saw ten other bicycle tourists. When I reached Gold Beach, Oregon I took Jerrys Flat Road inland along the Rogue River, and it was wonderful. The wind was to my back, and before long I was shedding layers as the temperature rose. I doubt I'll ever return to this coast on a bicycle.

I stopped to inspect my bicycle again. I found that my front break cable was simply rubbing against the disk, and that is what caused the clicking noise. That was easy to fix. The rear is still grinding away, though.

There is again no shortage of water along this route. I just hope there are no beavers in these mountains.

Somehow, people had figured out how to get campers down to the beach all the way along the Rogue River. Not wanting to deal with them, I found a spot up in the forest to lay out my sleeping bag. There are mosquitoes here, but several layers of sleeping bag and some bug spray keeps them at bay.

California coast


Welcome to Oregon




natural bridges


Oregon coast


no kidding


water supply


my cat being fed back home


Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest


banana slug


Rogue River


snail

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