Day 7 – Florence to Bandon
Left Florence just before 08:30 and straight into a climb. I felt rough this morning, my legs ached and my body was telling me that I’d done some serious cycling over the past 6 days. Roy kindly took the lead and I followed in his slipstream for a few miles. After about 10 miles I felt a lot better and shared the work with Roy. Having only had a bun for breakfast we decided to stop for a ‘proper’ breakfast at Reedsport, just over 20 miles into our 74 mile day.
We found a little cafe at the side of the road and passed a good 40 minutes replenishing the spent calories and chatting with a nice old couple who sat in the booth next to us. Neither were great Trump fans and we enjoyed listening to their view of American politics!
Back on the road we headed for lunch at a town called Charleston some 30 miles away. Cycling was mostly on the US101 which at times was quite busy, but with a wide shoulder most of the time we made good progress. The terrain was rolling which meant that between us we kept a reasonable average speed and arrived at Charleston at about 13:45 and found several other riders in a nice little restaurant beside the road. I felt I needed some proper food so elected for a local salad which came with just about everything on the plate!
For the final 20 miles of the day we had been warned that it would be hilly and we were not disappointed. Immediately on leaving the hotel we hit the first climb on a road called ‘Seven Devils’. It certainly was a devilish climb but on reaching the summit we could see for several miles and I stopped a few times to take photos and just enjoy the scenery. It was peaceful up here in the hills with hardly a sound. Just after lunch Roy had decided to go on ahead but had missed the turn for the Seven Devils road so was somewhere behind me. I ambled slowly hoping that he would realise his mistake and catch me up which he duly did with about 10 miles to go. We rode into Bandon together, both very much looking forward to our rest day.
Tonight we got Dom to provide transport into Bandon itself where we headed for the Irish pub. After a couple of drinks I elected to walk back to the motel, it was just nice to stretch my legs!
Well that is the end of week one of tour. We have completed 526 miles and climbed over 21,000′. I feel good, my legs are tired but the rest day will give them time to recover. The mileage eases off for the next couple of days so we can afford to take things a little easier. We have nearly cycled the whole length of the Oregon coast and will shortly cross over into California. I’m loving the trip, we have a fun group of riders and the scenery in places is spectacular and I’m very much looking forward to week two.