Day 66 – Floras Lake to Elkton, OR

Miles biked – 80

Total for trip – 3263

Days to Party – 11

11/04/2009 Andy Bolt knows that when you are traveling by bike, its important to eat a lots of food :)   That’s why he and his wife Joanna started us off right with dutch babies and bacon for breakfast.  Our plan for the day had been to ride from their house to Florence, about 95 miles.  That would be challenging enough in itself, but for days we’d also been hearing from people that there was a storm coming and it was expected to hit the following afternoon.  If we rode as far as Florence we’d have about 65 miles over some mountains to get to Eugene on a day when we were likely to get dumped on.  Andy helped us come up with a new plan.  He suggested we skip the bit of not so scenic 101 in favor of a leisurely breakfast and ride to Bandon in the Boltmobile. Then we could cut over at Reedsport instead of Florence.  If we got a lot of miles in, we would be able to do the rest of the ride to Eugene before the rain – fingers crossed.  Smart guy that Andy Bolt:)

We got out of the truck at Coos Bay ready to fly.  It was a little sad how close we rode to the Oregon dunes without stopping to ride buggies, but some things must wait until the next adventure.  Instead, we booked it to Reedsport, ate sandwiches and pie and then started east.  38 ended up being one of the most lovely riding days of the trip.  It was a beautiful river valley on a newly paved road.   The weather was a cool 50 degrees or so and we had a tailwind!  We did 40 miles or so on a slight uphill without even really trying.  A quick stop at Bob’s Grocery (and a short chat with Bob himself) for chocolate milk, bananas and black licorice and then we kept pedalling.  Since the route and our pace was thrown off a bit we weren’t really sure how far we’d go.  It was either going to be Elkton or Drain but neither town had anything in particular we needed to stop for.

We rolled into Elkton at about 4:30, hungry and ready for a beer.  It was possible for us to ride another 9 miles to Drain but Elkton felt like the right place to be.  We ordered dinner and drinks and started chatting with the bartender/cashier/waiter at the sports bar/convenience store/diner that we’d rolled up to.  A quick survey of the town looked like this was the only place to go and apparently he ran the show.  When we first asked, he said there was nowhere nearby to camp, but after an hour or so of us buying scratch tickets and winning and buying more while we told him about our trip, he decided we were not crazies and offered us a place in his empty lot next store.  His only rules – don’t be too loud and no number two in the field.  We laughed and told him that would work out just great.  Apparently he had a lot of cyclists and motor bikers who came through who weren’t as courteous as us:)

Langlois to Elkton, OR

Langlois to Elkton, OR

Elkton convenience store/bar/diner

Elkton convenience store/bar/diner


 
 
 

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