Day 5 – Rockaway Beach to Lincoln City
Finally had a good nights sleep last night having spent the evening sat on my veranda overlooking the Pacific Ocean and chatting with Eric, a retired farmer from Perth, Australia.
Breakfast this morning was at the Cowbells cafe, a short walk from the hotel where I managed a half stack of pancakes and a nice cup of coffee. Today was going to be a long day with several hard climbs and with a delayed start it was going to be tough. Roy and I set off shortly after 09:00 at a very steady pace as Roy was still nursing bruised ribs from a fall he had taken a couple of days earlier. The whole group had now slowed considerably from the first couple of days of frantic cycling which usually happens on previous tours I have been on.
There were a couple of shorter options available to today to get us to Lincoln City but at the first decision point at mile 16.4, both Roy and I decided to follow the rest of the group and cycle around Cape Mears headland.
There was a tough climb to get us to the top of the headland but sadly there was not much of a view although we later found out that there was a nice lighthouse to visit had we explored a little further. We stopped for coffee at Netarts and then agreed that our lunch stop would be at Pacific City. The only thing that stood between us and lunch was a big hill that we took very steadily with a few stops along the way to admire the coastal view. We finally arrived at Pacific City shortly before 14:00 where we indulged in a nice ice cream and sat in the warm sunshine contemplating the final 20+ miles to get us to Lincoln City.
The last big climb of the day started at around mile 59 and continued for about 6 miles, relatively steady at first before ramping up to a very tough climb. The drop down the other side was very enjoyable and with just a few miles left to ride we eventually made it to the Ashley Inn & Suites shortly before 17:00.
Today had been tough but after a couple of nice cold beers the pain seemed all worthwhile. Several of us went to a small Pizza restaurant tonight for dinner before retiring early in preparation for yet another hard day in the saddle tomorrow.