Thursday June 16, 2011
Today began again with rain although the forecast was for clear and sunny. We had one 4 mile clib of about 800 feet which was really wet. It was raining, I was sweating and it was going through what really was like a rain forest. The scenery however was beautiful on the climb.
We then rejoined the coast and took a coastal pathway through Pacific City where there is an enormous rock off shore that we saw again as we arrived in Garibaldi, north of Tillamook. Once again, we saw some whales spouting near the big rock in Pacific City. In Tillamook we did the tour of the Tillamook Cheese Factory. It is a huge farmer’s cooperative that provides cheese for much of the Pacific northwest.
We finished the day about 9 miles north of Tillamook in Garibaldi. Total distance for the day was 64 miles, total for the trip so far 801.
Forecast is for one more “good” day of weather and we hope to make it to Astoria tomorrow but the weekend forecast is for rain both Saturday and Sunday so we are not sure what we will do then.
With prevailing winds from north to south along the coast, we are seeing many bikers heading south but few going north.
This was the first day we both had sore butts but I think it was as much the dampness as anything and the fact that we spent about 6 hours in the saddle each of the last two days.