To the Coast for Oysters

The weekend before that Timbers game we had rented a house in Lincoln City, what has become an annual tradition for us. I took the Triumph for this trip.

Where is my umbrella girl?

In Eugene we had clear sunny skies, and soon it was getting hot enough that I used an umbrella to do the pre-ride check, for loading the bike and setting up the bike in the shade. But as soon as I got to the coast it was a completely different story, I was met with cloudy skies and some fog. And it was colder too, much colder as well.

Fog at Roads End in Lincoln City. June 16th, 2012

The different colors of the Pacific.

Lincoln City, June 16th, 2012

Green under gray skies.

Lincoln City, June 6th, 2012

Great weather to barbecue some Oysters.

Barbecued Oysters, June 16th, 2012

Of all sea food, oysters have something special to them. Not that… something else.  Almost as nice as that. It is that Oysters most accurately translate the smells of the Ocean into a taste, it translates the experience of being by the ocean into edible flavors. It summarizes it in a sea-shell.

Oyster in Lincoln City. June 16th, 2012

Oysters were only the appetizer, though. Dinner was a feast!

Nothing like being with people who care! Being part of it! June 17th, 2012

Sunday morning we woke up to rain. Then it cleared some, still cloudy but no rain.

Lincoln City, Sunday, June 17th, 2012

The sky got darker as I was leaving. We said good-bye and soon I was the riding in the rain.

Lincoln City, June 17th, 2012

I decided to cut across the coast range on the most direct route possible, which is in the general direction of Salem. Very uninteresting road, but I was seeking the dry weather of the Willamette valley as it was shown on the weather forecast. Smart-phones are our friends. Once there I took 99W towards the south and then found some side roads in the general direction of Eugene. On this gravel road I came across an irrigation structure.

Linear irrigation structure. Somewhere in the Willamette Valley, June 17th 2012

As you can see, the weather forecast was correct. As soon as I reached the valley, it was dry and sunny.  The Tiger is small compared to this irrigation rig.

The Tiger and the Irrigation Rig. June 17th, 2012

I have to admit, I can have a lot more fun on a gravel road than on a paved road. I took the Tiger on more gravel roads on my way home, some had deep gravel, and the bike performed really well.  Soon I was on familiar roads and some more miles later I was home.

Back home and it is Sunny. June 17th, 2012

The bike performed really well.

245 miles, 394 km. June 16-17th 2012

Actually, after almost 1,000 miles on the Ducati, when I climbed on the Tiger I felt the tank was really tall, the handle bars were tall, the dash-board was a mile away, I was seating in the bike, not on the bike… which is a normal adjustment of perspectives when switching from one bike to another. The Tiger is a very comfortable bike, extremely smooth.  And it has averaged 50 mpg this weekend.

Thank you for reading.

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3 Responses to To the Coast for Oysters

  1. bobskoot says:

    Cesar:

    what a nice getaway with your friends. It’s nice to have traditions to look forward to

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast
    My Flickr // My YouTube

  2. Jane says:

    Hi!
    My name is Jane and I’m with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blogs about Roads End to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you soon!
    Jane

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