5/6 Newport to Florence: 50.6 miles and 2,003 ft

We met a middle aged rider at the hiker/biker camp in Nehalem Bay State Park.  He had just bought a Surly Long Haul Trucker, panniers, and gear. He took off from his home in Tacoma one day with the goal of riding the coast ride to Los Angeles. His son was in rehab and was concerned about his father’s health. To show his son how to put one foot in front of the other to accomplish a goal, he was heading to LA with the hopes of loosing 30 pounds. The cyclist put his faith in the road to heal his physical and emotional heath. He’s not the first person I’ve met to seek the healing that comes from road. 

Just this morning I received the daily poetry bot from the New Yorker magazine and the featured lyrics from Leonard Cohen song spoke directly about the change that may come from the road. A well worn theme I know but to see and meet people in the midst of their discovery is a unique privilege. A front seat to something special which also brings meaning to me.

By Leonard Cohen

Going home
Without my sorrow
Going home
Sometime tomorrow
To where it’s better
Than before
Going home
Without my burden
Going home
Behind the curtain
Going home Without the costume
That I wore

The sun came out today as scheduled and though it was still in the 40s it was a glorious day of riding. We enjoyed the scenery much more and stopped frequently to take breaks. Most of the riding was along the coast and there was some cross wind but most of the wind was a tailwind. There were some good climbs today but the climbs were not steep and we enjoyed a tail wind that pushed us up the hill and was in our favor going down. As we rolled into Florence the wind chill was noticeable and we were glad to stay indoors in a hotel.

Fred Meyers parking lot abuts the sand dunes
The best kind of food bus
Erika in an aero position. Going downhill
A large herd of seals not visible from a car
Going through tunnels and crossing tunnels is a daily occurrence
Stunning scenery all day long made it seem like a short ride
One stop along the way included a short hike
An osprey made a nest in the cell tower conveniently located in the middle of the Florence harbor
Florence bridge

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