Happiness at Rockaway Beach OR.

U.S. 360 Tour V – Day 61 from Pacific City OR to Manzanita OR (Big on Small Town Oregon )

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

56 miles – Total so far: 3,193 miles

I cannot remember a single day on this entire cycling tour passing through so many charming towns, quaint fishing villages, and beautiful seaside communities. At the risk of sounding like a charter member of the Oregon Chamber of Commerce, it is rare that one can enjoy so many cool, small towns in a single day, and rarer yet on the saddle of a bicycle.

From the beautiful little town of Pacific City OR with its huge offshore sea stack, through the fishing villages of Netarts, Garibaldi, Wheeler and Nehalem, to the Native American-named Tillamook made famous for its dairy, to the hipster beach town of Manzanita, it was simply a pleasure to be a part, albeit fleeting, of these places. Of special note, rode up and over Cape Lookout this morning after a 900 foot climb, and was rewarded with spectacular ocean and mountain vistas that I won’t soon forget.

The day was not without its emotions, however, when I found out that Ms. Dottie Nelson, the wife of my friend and spiritual mentor Ed Nelson, had passed away peacefully. The day’s ride was dedicated to Dottie. It was a beautiful day all day, except that the usual North wind picked back up around noon and made the last 10 miles or so feel more like a crawl than a bike ride.

I’m staying in Manzanita OR tonight after consuming a rather large plate of Mexican food, something I don’t usually do outside of the TexMex-friendly confines of Texas. I also had the pleasure of a phone call with my friend and fellow adventure cyclist Matthew Jarrett about the many challenges (weather, physical, mental) I have faced thus far. Matt’s words picked me up after a frank and meaningful conversation.

Today I learned that after feeling a little sorry for myself, I sometimes feel better simply by manning up, taking things one day at a time, and, did I say manning up?

It’s All Good.

Time to reflect at a beautiful spot near Pacific City OR.
Time to reflect at a beautiful spot near Pacific City OR.
The climb up to Cape Lookout OR.
The climb up to Cape Lookout OR.
Cape Lookout OR.
Cape Lookout OR.
Eating at a bridge in Tillamook OR.
Eating at a bridge in Tillamook OR.
A cheesy selfie in Tillamook OR.
A cheesy selfie in Tillamook OR.
Surly Pearl overlooking Tillamook Bay OR.
Surly Pearl overlooking Tillamook Bay OR.
Happiness at Rockaway Beach OR.
Happiness at Rockaway Beach OR.
A tight fit for Pearl and I in Manzanita lodging.
A tight fit for Pearl and I in Manzanita lodging.

4 thoughts on “U.S. 360 Tour V – Day 61 from Pacific City OR to Manzanita OR (Big on Small Town Oregon )”

  1. Glad to hear you’re enjoying riding in Oregon and it looks like you’ve had some sunny days! I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your friend. I’m sure she was with you as you rode along today.

    1. Thank you, Jen. By the way, I love your website and I intend to track your progress. Europe is most certainly on my bucket list. Have a wonderful journey!

  2. I didn’t tell you to man up… I just said it’s all apart of the process. And the reward would not be the same without the struggle. That and the wind would ease up when you hit Washington. 🙂

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