Today was the first full day on our bikes. Our goal was to reach Lincoln City, OR. We woke up to a rainy morning, so naturally, we stayed in our sleeping bags longer than we should have. The rain did not let up, so we finally got up and started packing, in the rain. Not the best start to our day, but we got through it. Some instant oatmeal and a packed, wet tent later we hit the road. Of course the rain stopped now… Right away, we encountered a huge hill. This made both of us a little nervous. What did we get ourselves into? We actually made it to the top and began our first real descent of the trip. This brought a smile to our faces! The descent was fast and winding, with a spot of warm sunshine and sand dunes at the bottom. We were ready to keep riding. Later on in the day, we made a left turn, following the Oregon Coast Bike Route signs. It took us down a small road with a few houses and organic farms. It was really cool to see a neat area like this so secluded. I could see myself living there. Well, four miles down the road and we come to a construction site. They are fixing a section of the road and we are not allowed to cross. Dang, that sign at the beginning of the road really did mean ROAD CLOSED… I thought it meant local traffic (and bikes) only. I was wrong. We had no choice but to turn back and get back on Highway 101, which is the road we use 99% of the time. This brought us to an even bigger hill than at the beginning of the day. We even had to walk parts of it. Not so much fun, but the scenery made it worth while. It was sopped in with trees and vegetation. Once again, we made it to the top, and the descent was just as fun as the first. We finally arrived in Lincoln City, and after the campsite at Cape Lookout, we were a little disappointed. The hiker/biker site was basically a city park, with a neighborhood right across the way. We did meet up with Reed again and a new friend, Elena. She had just arrived from Virginia! That's right, the Virginia on the EAST coast of the United States. It took her two and a half months to get to the Oregon Coast, which took her over three mountain passes, using the Trans America route. Pretty amazing. The funny thing is, she dated a ceramics major in college and even saw a demo by one of my professors, NAN Smith, at her school! Crazy! We had a good time talking and eating bread and cherries. Turns out the campsite isn't as important as the people that are there.