In early January, in the heart of winter, Marv and I were fortunate to be able to make a two-day ride to the Oregon Coast. We did a lot of well-worn roads, but it was good weather, and we made good use of it.
We left Marv’s house early, and rode through the city on the fog-covered freeway. Exiting the freeway near Olympia, we took an interesting set of roads west to connect with Highway 101, and then headed south to cross the Columbia River at Astoria. We had a nice mix of country roads and highways in Oregon.
We arrived in Manzanita before dusk and, after attending to our bikes and settling into our room, we headed across the street for dinner at the pub.
We had a nice set of roads on the agenda for the return route, but it wasn’t to be that simple; the battery on Marv’s bike had died overnight. We tried to come up with a way to get him jump-started from my bike but, without a proper set of jumper cables, we were stuck. In the midst of trying to figure out a way to get him started, the owner of the motel came along with his pickup truck and a proper set of jumper cables. We were on the road a half-hour later.
We followed a route we’ve often taken on our winter rides to the Oregon Coast. One aspect that differed from our usual trips was, with my new work schedule, this was a mid-week ride. As a result, there were logging trucks on the Mist-Clatskanie Highway. The road was dirtier that I had ever seen it and, with the morning dampness, it was muddy.
Both of our bikes were filthy by the time we got home. However, to be able to make a multi-day ride in January is fortutious, so what’s a little mud?