The Washigton coast on SR 101. 8-27-16

It was a beautiful cool morning when we awoke with temperatures in the upper 50’s, clear skies and no wind.  I again felt compelled to wash my bug, filth encrusted bike and that effort delayed our departure some.  Bill was up and ready fairly early and I was holding up the show.  I finally showered and packed the bike to continue the trip South.

Tim met us for breakfast at the same place we had dinner at last night, the 101 Brewery at Tawana Road House.  We had a good breakfast, said our goodbyes to Tim and we were back on the road.

Bill and I decided to retrace our route back go Port Angeles on SR101 and follow it past Port Angeles down the West coast of Washington.  Soon after we had passed Port Angeles we got into the mountains.  The road wound past lakes formed by glacial melt and were up to 600′ deep!

Bill next go Lake Crescent.
Bill next go Lake Crescent.

The ride after the lake was less inspiring as we headed towards the coast.  As we approached and started descending to Pacific shore we encountered forests of large trees protected by being in the Olympic National Forest.

Ruby Beach was our first look at the Pacific from the West coast.  We walked the trail down to the beach and took some pictures.

The trail down to the ocean.
The trail down to the ocean.
There were many people on this beach.
There were many people on this beach.
The logs washed down from up river.
The logs washed down from up river.
Stones made up the beach.
Stones made up the beach.

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Bill taking pictures.
Bill taking pictures.

 

We left the beach and stopped to look at a huge old cedar tree pictured here. You can just see the foot of a woman that had crawled into the bottom of the tree.

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The rest of the trip to our destination for the night, Astoria, Oregon, was uneventful.  The skies became cloudy and it looked like it wanted to rain. We kept moving.

We crossed the bridge into Astoria and located the motel where we had a reservation.  Again, it was a good thing we made a reservation, as everthing was booked.

The bridge into Astoria, OR.
The bridge into Astoria, OR. from the river walk.
Ships in the harbor waiting to load.
Ships in the harbor waiting to load.
A passing freighter.
A passing freighter.

 

We walked down to a local brewpub and restaurant called the Buoy Beer Co. for dinner.  Great food and beer

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Good IPA
Very good IPA

The building the brewpub was in used to be an old fishing building and was built over the water.  There was a portion of the floor in the restaurant that was made of acrylic glass. It allowed you to look under the restaurant to the concrete piers and pillings below, where seals lived under the building.

Seals under the buildings floor.
Seals under the building’s floor.

To sum up the day, the trip down SR 101 and the Washington coast was not as inspiring as our recent travels in BC.  It offered few real looks at the Pacific.

Got to go.  We’re on our way to Portland to meet our wives.  They will be in at 11 and we’re 2 hours away.

 

 

 

 

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