Campsite at Cape Lookout State Park
Today we woke up a little unprepared. We discovered that the town we planned on riding to did not have a campground. After a failed attempt to find an alternative, Howard graciously offered us a ride to Tillamook, a town on the coast north of Lincoln City. It turned out to be for the better, as it added an extra day of coastal riding, rather than riding inland to the coast. We got to Tillamook and had a final lunch with Howard. After we ate, Howard dropped us off at the local library and we said our good byes. We were both sad to have left Howard, as he was such a great host and a new friend. We got to the campground, which was probably the worst campground I have ever seen. It was a grass covered parking lot sized field with a circle of RVs; not exactly what we had in mind. We went back to the library and looked up the next campground. It turned out to be Cape Lookout State Park. It was 11 miles south, so we headed off. The ride out there began with a huge hill, which was hard on our untrained legs. We made it up and started our descent into the park. Boy was it beautiful! The park was right on the water with a beach, forest and cliffs. Perfect. The hiker/biker campsites, which are $6 a person, were off to the side behind a brush filled path. It was hands down the best campsite I have ever been to. There were three other bikers at the campsite, all on tours. Reed was our neighbor. He was from Salem, OR and was super nice. There was a guy across the way with a bamboo bike. We never got the chance to talk to him, as he was always disappearing. We called him the cool guy and was the subject of many jokes later on the trip. I like to think that he is always going to pass us in the most random places and flash a peace sign. Never happened… The other guy was Sweden. He was about our age and looked like he was from Sweden. He passed us immediately the next day on the road and we never saw him again. We ended the nigh with some smores with a couple hikers and went to bed. Great first day on the coast!