May 27, 2015:
It’s the cars and the noises of a new day getting me up and motivated this morning. I’ve spent a comfortable night relaxed and safe in my artificial shell.
I still have a condensation problem, the tent outside and inside is permeated with moisture from morning dew and breath condensation. Nice thing is that it isn’t on my sleeping bag, or packs inside the tent.
The perfect spot was right next to the Meriwether Wine Estates entrance off highway 126. There is a rainbow assortment of wineries along this highway for anyone that is interested in wine tasting; I believe some of them are open daily.
The highway is smooth for the most part, although there was a rough spot coming out of Eugene with the shoulder having cracks from the side sloughing away, other than that, the shoulder is wide, just like a bile trail.
Just outside Noti, I started to notice large piles of Scotch Broom beside the road. Looks like some one in the area has been tearing them out if the roadsides. That’s probably a good thing because Scotch Broom was once used as a way to clear a land of marsh. The plant loves water and will suck the area it’s planted in dry.
Views of Long Tom River from Long Tom Bridge. On the town side there are a few houses on the hill belonging to Noti.
There is a huge amount of roadwork going on for a mile or two each side of mile 39 which makes fresh, black asphalt but has no lines. Drivers tend to be a little unsure of where they should drive which makes it difficult and dangerous for bikes.
I’ve pushed my bike to the top of the hill and to the end of the roadwork, which is marked mile 36, Plus there is another sign here that reads, elevation 769 ft.
The road work picked up again just over the hill crest, continuing for another mile, but it is downhill from here for awhile – the road is back to being wide enough not to be dangerous overly, very much better than highway 20 I took four years ago to the beaches and Oregon Coast.
Passing through Walton, Oregon at 8:30, mile 34. This is where the road narrows and the shoulder disappears. That makes dangerous traveling when the logging and gravel trucks pass by.
Train bridge over Siuslaw River mile 27 along highway 126. There is a lovely littl park about two more miles west, it has parking, out houses a boat ramp and rest area amongst the forest, beside Siuslaw River.
There is a long tunnel near mile 20 marker, downhill in my favor, but dangerous for bikes none the less.
The Ralph Petersen Tunnel, in all its glory all narrow and dark inside, not very good for bikes.
Houses along the Siuslaw River at Mapleton town, fifteen miles east of Florence, 11:30pm
A group of restaurants at the junction of highway 36 and 126 in Mapleton.
An old beehive, wood burning cone, Davidson Industries. Between the 10 and 11 mile markers, Train bridge at Cushman, three miles out of Florence. Pictures of two wooden boats on blocks one mile east of Florence. The train bridge is over the Siuslaw river.
Villa West Motel sign corner of highway 126 and 101 in Florence, arrived at 2:45
I stopped into Safeway for salad and bananas, which only cost three dollars, using my Safeway club card for a discount.
It’s a better meal than I’ve been eating of late. I didn’t find any McDonalds restaurants so I’m without wifi for a time.
I made a photo looking back toward Florence from highway 101 at the south outskirts, Siuslaw River in foreground.
It is just past 6:30 now and I’m done setting up the campsite. I retired early because I needed a good spot to set up the tent. The mosquitoes here are large and aggressive.
The head wind I had for the last fifteen miles along highway 126 has now turned into a cross wind so at least the wind isn’t hampering much.
The fog is back, but I don’t know if it will be hampered by rain. I noticed Davis Amusement trucks passing by on the way north, wonder where they are headed?
I’m near Oregon Dunes Recreation Center; I think I just passed the turn off a mile or so back.
I should be making North Bend and Coos Bay by morning tomorrow. Hopefully there will be wifi available someplace so I can catch up on my blog.