Vertical Gain: 4201 feet
Calories Burned: 2214
Link to Garmin Route Data
Yesterday I told you that half the riders were with me on the 2010 Across America North ride. We had a reunion ride in Colorado last year, and we have 7 riders from that adventure here (one of the Colorado riders is the wife of an AAN rider). We had a special jersey from that ride, and we declared today jersey day for those riders. Here is that fine bunch.
Today was another absolutely perfect day weather wise. We spent a good portion of the ride (about 2/3) on the Three Capes Scenic Route. About 8 miles in, this meant a stiff climb up to the turn off for the Cape Meares lighthouse. This is the first of what will be many, many lighthouses on this ride. It was also advertised as the shortest lighthouse in Oregon. It is up on a cliff, so didn't need more altitude. It is kind of cute, so here it is.
At this stop, we also toured the Octopus Tree. It is unknown how it got the configuration it has, but is somewhat an anomaly of nature.
Because we climb to several hundred feet above the water on several occasions, we get some great views down the coastline. This one feature Jeff Douglas and Joe Schroeder, two of our premier riders.
Our first SAG stop was at Cape Lookout State Park, about 22 miles into the ride. From there, the route continued through Pacific City and Neskowin (where we had our second SAG stop at 47 miles). We had planned to head up Slab Creek Road shortly after the SAG, but the road was washed out, and specifically marked no bicycles, so we had to just continue on US 101 instead. This cut about 5 miles out of the day, but I don't think anyone missed them. The climb on 101 was plenty to deal with. We arrived at our motel, the Ashley Inn & Suites in good spirits, ready for another great day tomorrow.