U.S. 360 Tour IV – Day 54 from Brookings OR to Port Orford OR (The Oregon Coast – Just Wow! )

Latest update on my purpose-driven cycling journey around the American perimeter.

53 miles – Total so far: 2,783 miles

Undoubtedly, Oregon has some of the most spectacular coastlines and sweeping Pacific panoramas I have ever seen, and I’ve only been here a day-and-a-half! The mountains that seem to simply disappear into the Pacific, the jagged cliffs, and the churning surf all make this a sight to see. But what is most impressive are the massive sea stacks that jut out from the ocean, sometimes big enough to look like small islands. At every vista today I was forced to pull out my camera to capture “just one more” beautiful snapshot.

The only thing that interrupted my picture-taking were the hills. In this country, if you are not climbing, you’re whistling down the side of a mountain and seemingly hanging on for dear life. None of the hills today were as long and steep as I experienced in Northern California, but what they lacked in height they more than made up for in frequency!

I had an interesting wildlife day today. In addition to deer and flocks of geese, I saw salmon swimming upstream in the Rogue River and it’s tributaries, near Gold Beach OR. I passed through the nice southern Oregon towns of Harbor, Brookings, Gold Beach, and Ophir today. But I must give special recognition to a town called “Pistol River”. That sounds like a township better suited for West Texas than Oregon, but it was the coolest town name I’ve ran across in a while.  Wouldn’t it be cool to say you were born in Pistol River?

I’m resting easy tonight after a string of big saddle days. My “front yard” is an unobstructed view of the towering Humbug Mountain (apparently one of the highest mountains in Oregon to rise directly from the ocean), covered in beautiful Douglas fir trees, the only movement being two hawks overhead looking for small game.

It’s All Good.

Selfie near Brookings OR
Selfie near Brookings OR
Surly Pearl near Brookings OR
Surly Pearl near Brookings OR
Sea Stacks near Brookings OR
Sea Stacks near Brookings OR
Selfie near Cape Ferrelo OR
Selfie near Cape Ferrelo OR
Surly Pearl near Cape Ferrelo OR
Surly Pearl near Cape Ferrelo OR
Surly Pearl and massive sea stacks near Pistol River OR
Surly Pearl and massive sea stacks near Pistol River OR
Selfie with massive sea stacks near Pistol River OR
Selfie with massive sea stacks near Pistol River OR
Surly Pearl with Humbug Mountain in the background.  Camp for tonight was on the other side of that mountain!
Surly Pearl with Humbug Mountain in the background. Camp for tonight was on the other side of that mountain!
Beautiful campsite at Humbug State Park in Oregon
Beautiful campsite at Humbug State Park in Oregon

4 thoughts on “U.S. 360 Tour IV – Day 54 from Brookings OR to Port Orford OR (The Oregon Coast – Just Wow! )”

  1. When I retired in 1989, your mother and I planned to bike across Oregon but u never got around to it — until this trip with you, figuratively! Thanks for the free ride through your photos & description!

      1. some bikes are just camera hogs – there’s really nothing to be done about it. That’s just who they are, I suppose!

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