My dear friends from the north had rented a house in Lincoln City. A house by the Ocean, you say? Great food? Nice conversations? OK, let’s go. But the weatherman had other plans. See, September has arrived in Oregon and now we can’t count on 100% blue skies day after day any more. Still, I packed the Tiger instead of the old Audi. I like this picture.
The Tiger was ready.
Since the weather seemed to be changing for the worse, I tried to get there on the most straight line I could find. But did manage to find a dirt road I had never seen before, as part of a Park, the Finley National Wildlife Refuge. I rode through it and made a note about it: good place to try some speed on gravel roads.
Not too much in terms of rain. I got there in 2 and a half hours. Great house, just by the ocean.
And it even had a garage where I parked the bike.
Among other things, Oysters for dinner.
A glimpse of sunset colors through the clouds.
It was good to be with friends.
The next day it rained in the morning. At times, it rained a lot and I was glad I had the bike in the garage and I could load it in the dry. After all kids (well, the boys) had a chance to sit on the bike, and I loaded it, the rains had slowed down to a a few sprinkles here and there. I decided to go. And took every detour I had not explored yet between Lincoln City and Newport.
One-way road. The old 101.
And this is the view from there.
I also stopped at the Devil’s Punchbowl.
And this is it. I suppose.
I also checked the Yakina lighthouse. Had to pay three dollars to get in the park.
A whale in the distance.
Once I got to Newport I took Hwy 20 east and went to find the Finley Wildlife Refuge.
Great place to see birds. I did not stop.
But I took it easy, not to disturb the birds, nor the bird watchers. Here is a short video of the action.
I exited the park on Hwy 99W and went south towards Monroe. I never stopped in Monroe in the past, this time I decided to take a picture.
From there, in no time I was home.
Total for this weekend: 238 miles (383 km). It is always a pleasure to rack miles on this nice, smooth bike. And this ride could had been the last warm ride of the year. From now on, rain and cold. Time to start talking about things other than motorcycles, ride when there is a break in the weather, and start counting the days for the Winter solstice and then Spring.
Thank you for reading.