Flowers I picked along the way
We woke up in the middle of the dunes this morning. How often can you say that?! After packing up and getting SOME of the sand out of my shoes and socks, we headed down the trail to the highway. The trail was heavily wooded and steep going towards the dunes, so the way back was mostly downhill. We took advantage of this and rode down like we were on mountain bikes. It was so much fun we took a video of it at the bottom. Derek is set on getting a mountain bike once we get back home. We traveled south until we saw another touring bike across the street at a breakfast place. We stopped and sat down directly at his table. We figured he would be as excited to talk to us as we were to him. His name was Ben and he was a college student from Oregon. We decided to get breakfast too and had a fun time talking about each others trips and what we did and did not expect out of the trip. Ben was super nice and we were sure we would see him again along the way. Of we went. We eventually crossed the enormous bridge to North Bend and Coos Bay. The bridges in Oregon are beautiful and have some great architecture. It is nice to see that they take pride in this type of everyday affair. There is a bike shop directly after the bridge called MOE'S BIKE SHOP. Of course we stopped, and of course I bought a t-shirt (one of my addictions). We went a little further and saw the lumberyard. The piles were unbelievably large. The owner of Moe's (I don't think his name was Moe) told us that most of it would be shipped straight to China. It is a bummer that the trees we are cutting don aren't even being used here in the USA. We stopped at the library to check some emails and met another tourer named Larry. He had ridden his bike all the way from New Jersey, was going down to San Francisco and then going all the way back! I can't even imagine. One of my favorite parts about the trip is that I don't have to worry about going back to the start. Good for him though, that is quite a feat. Anyways, Larry has a huge beard, of which I am very envious, and was just about the nicest guy you could ever talk to. The kind of guy that laughs after everything he says and can, and does, strike up a conversation with anyone that passes by, of which always ends in a smile and a laugh. Seriously, this guy was awesome. After parting ways with Larry, Derek and I stopped at a coffee shop/ book store and had some lasagna while using the computer and charging our phones. (You find out it is necessary to charge your phone whenever you can while touring.) After riding through North Bend (which was a bit of a disappointment) we got to the campground, which was on top of a long and winding hill. It was not what we wanted to do at the end of the day, but we made it. The campground was called Sunset Beach State Park. We met two new riders, Nate and Sean, from Olympia. We all talked about our trips and schooling and whatnot. It was a good time. There was a homeless guy that had some pretty odd stories to tell, which made the night interesting (I'll leave it at that). We decided to leave together in the morning to take on the Seven Devil's Hill, which was supposedly a big, scary one as thought of by the locals we talked to. Wish us luck!