Day 6 – Lincoln City to Florence
Apparently it rained during the night but I didn’t hear anything and it was still drizzling at 07:15 this morning when I went for breakfast. The hotel provided a good cooked breakfast and we sat around discussing the weather and what time the rain was going to stop. It was Steve’s birthday today and Dom appeared with a cake decorated with candles and we all sang happy birthday to him much to his embarrassment.
Today was another long day and Roy and I set off together shortly before 09:00. The rain had abated and our plan was to break the ride into three 25 mile segments. We stopped briefly at Boiler Bay to search for whales and then moved onto Depoe Bay where there were several whales situated very close to the shore. For some reason the whales like to congregate at this location and apparently it is unusual not to view a whale in the bay. After a short stop we headed off again to the town of Newport at mile 25.3 where we stopped for our second breakfast of coffee and pancakes.
For the past few days Roy has been riding with a minor buckle in his back wheel where he fell and as we passed through Waldport I spotted a cycle recycling shop and we pulled in to see if they were able to straighten the wheel. The shop was very similar to the one I volunteer at in Gosport and one of the guys there attended to Roy’s buckle immediately and made a fine job of removing the buckle.
We headed on to Yachats at mile 51.8 where we stopped for a custom made Frappes at a little roadside cafe to see us through the remaining miles. As we headed out on the final leg we knew that we had a couple of major climbs to complete and although each was a little challenging we dispensed of them and eventually made it into Florence at about 17:30.
Tonight we are staying at the Old Town Inn which is just a short walk from the old town of Florence. We ate at Nosh Eatery and I had a very filling Mac n Cheese. I then walked a few hundred yards to BJ’s fudge and ice cream parlour that Sarah, Ben and I have visited several times before and finished off with a very nice fudge sundae.
Tomorrow we head to Bandon and our first rest day of this tour. It has been a tough first week but I’ve now found my legs and am feeling generally strong and confident. I am however looking forward to a rest day to recuperate and get some laundry done and to give my bike a much needed clean!