This is Wednesday, Oct. 1st, we spent the night in Forks, Washington and we went to the rain forest in the Olympic National Park, now we are heading south on hwy 101. Tonight we are staying at a roadside rest by the hwy which was enjoyable after a long day ride.
This is Thursday, Oct 2nd, we continued on hwy 101 and took side roads to get to hwy 109 where we went to Capalis Beach and spent the night there after a short ride today. Took a walk on the beach, had lunch and a drink and found a couple of sand dollars at the Pacific Ocean. Heading south on hwy 109 connected with hwy 101 going south and go through the town of South Bend, which claims itself the oyster capital of the world. Traveling on came to an historical marker, Bruceville-Bruceport. The deserted side of a famous pioneer village once a county seat on Willata Day formerly called Shoalwater Bay. The crew of the oyster schooner, Robert Bruce, settled here in December 1851. After that craft had burned crewmen built cabins filed land claims and named this settlement Bruceville. It was changed to Bruceport in 1854. This site recalls the lively oyster industry from 1851 to 1880. An enormous quantity of native oysters were gathered by local Indians and loaded aboard schooners for San Francisco.
This is Friday, Oct. 3rd, we spent the night in an RV park in Bay Center, Wa. heading south on hwy 101 just at the mouth of the Columbia River there is an heritage marker. Columbia River Flers. Here the mighty Columbia River flowing to the Pacific Ocean on the American Continents ended its journey. Native people have lived along the banks of this river and fished these waters for thousands of years. Here the American expeditions began in 1775 when Spanish explorer, Bruno Te Heceta sailed within the sights of this mouth. Torturous waves breaking over the river prevented from entering, never the less he placed the river mouth on Spanish charts. Robert Grey, a Yankee sea captain brought the first ship over the bar and into the river on May 11, 1792. Grey traded for sea otter, and beaver pelts with the Chinooks who received items in return that were valuable in their wide trading network. Before leaving Grey named the river after his ship Columbia. Later that fall British naval, Lt. William Broughton traveled and chartered 100 miles of river. His commander Captain George Vancouver used the Columbia River on charts he published in 1798. Seven years later these charts helped the explorers, Lewis and Clark to get their exact location when they reached the mouth of the Columbia.This is Saturday, October 4th, we spent the night outside of Seaside Oregon. Nice little community right by the beach even though it has been raining for a couple of days. Did not have a great time to explore because I was having trouble seeing through my wet glasses. As we travel out this morning heading south on 101 came across an historical marker. Oregon Historic Ecola. On January 8th 1806 William Clark and fourteen of the famous expedition reached a Tillamook village of five cabins and a creek which Capt. Clark named Ecola or Whale Creek. Three days earlier two men set out from Fort Clatsop to locate a salt making site had brought back whale blubber given them by beach Indians. Appreciating the welcome addition to the explorers Clark set up to find the whale or buy its blubber. Traveling a perilous trail across Tillamook the food hunters including Sacajawea and a young Indian guide descended to a beautiful sand shore crossing, a stream later named Elk Creek by early settlers. The food hunters found the whale's 105 ft skeleton. 300 pounds of blubber were bought from the Indians at Ecola Creek who were busily rendering the whale meat with hot stones and wood troughs. Continuing on hwy 101 south came across another Heritage Marker. Oregon History, Cannon Beach. Lt. Neil M. Hrwison, USN, arrived at the Columbia River in 1896 aboard a 300 ton U.S. Naval Survey Schooner, Shark. For the purpose of making an investigation as part of the Oregon country. His report was instrumental in creating public interest in the Oregon territory and fondolating a decision on the location of the boundary of English and American lands. The Shark in an attempt to leave the Columbia on Sept. 10, 1846. In an effort to get the ship off the spit the three masts were chopped down and where Jettisoned, which began to break up and the crew took to their boats. Part of her deck with this small island cannon drifted ashore south of Tillamook head near this location thus giving the name to Cannon Beach. And the cannon is right across from the marker. As we continue south on hwy 101 came across another historical marker. Captain Robert Grey. Captain Robert Grey, U.S. naval officer in command of the sloop, Lady Washington, together with a crew of about a dozen officers and men left Boston October 1st, 1787. After journey filled with many hardships Captain Grey arrived at Tillamook Bay during August 1788. He stayed within the bay about one week and explored the area. He was the first known American in the quarter history to set foot on northern shoreline. In at first carried the American flag around the world. Grey originally thought it was the Columbia River which the ship was anchored, however, during exploration found it was not the great river of the west. Captain and his crew hastily departed from the bay area after a fight in with the Indians in which one of Grey's crew and several Indians were killed.
This is Sunday, Oct.5th, spent the night outside of Tillamook traveling along the bike route along the coast and connected up with hwy 101 heading south. As I pass through the town of Lincoln City came across Oregon History. The Great Tsunami of 1700. On January 26, 1700 the earth shook violently and the throes of a magnitude 9 plus earthquake that occurred along the great north shore falls a system called Cascadia Subduction Zone. From Northern California to British Columbia the ocean floor heaved upward approximately 20 feet and within 20 to 30 minutes a giant wave up to 50 feet high had reached the shore. The devastating waves from this event continued to strike the entire coastline for several hours, flooding beaches, bays, tidal channels and marshes.
This is Monday, Oct. 6th, spent the night in an RV park outside the historic area of Newport, Or. heading south on hwy 101 along the coast, a very picturesque area, also came across three other cyclists and I am actually going the same direction as other cyclists, so we traveled together for part of the trip here where we are ending up spending our day just outside of Florence Or. to spend the night.
This is Tuesday, Oct. 7th, traveling along hwy 101 south came across the town of Gardiner. On October 1st 1850 the schooner, Bostonian, owned by a Boston merchant named Gardiner was sent to the Pacific coast in interest of trade. The ship wrecked on the Unpqua River bar. Most of her cargo was salvaged and brought to this sight known for years as Gardiner City. A saw mill was built in 1864, another in 1877 and Gardiner became a noted lumber port. Fire destroyed most of the town in 1880 but it was quickly rebuilt and widely known as The White City by the Sea. From 1885 to 1916 the Gardiner mill company with it's logging camps and sailing ship trade made Gardiner one of the busiest towns on the Oregon coast. Oregon History historical marker, as I continue south on hwy 101. Jedediah Smith making the first recorded overland trip from California following the Oregon coast northward, and July 13, 1828 camped with 17 trappers on the north banks of the Smith river channel 5/8th of a mile northeast of the point. The following morning while Smith and two companions went forward to find a river crossing the Indians came into camp and massacre all but one man. Smith and survivors escaped to Fort Vancouver where upon John Mcloughlin sent an expedition to the Unpqua recovering some of Smith's furs and equipment. Jedediah Smith had three ambitions, to serve his God, provide for his family, and become a great American explorer. And all three things he succeeded.
This is Thursday, Oct. 9th, we spent the night in Port Orford still traveling south on hwy 101 came across an historic point. Battle Rock. Battle Rock City park has been dedicated in the memory of the Ancient People. Bene Csut Dah and the pioneer founders of this town site in 1850. The U.S. congress passed the Oregon Acclamation Land Act. This act allowed white settlers to file claims on Indian land in western Oregon, although no Indian nation had signed a single treaty. Captain William Tichenor of the steamship, Seagull, landed nine men on June 9 1851 for the purpose of establishing a white settlement. This resulted in deadly conflict between the two cultures. For two weeks the nine were besieged on the Island now called Babalock. Under a cover of darkness they escaped north to Unpqua City. In July Captain Tichenor again arrived with an armed party of 70 men and established the now called Port Orford. Later Tichenor became a permanent resident after his retirement from the sea. Still traveling along hwy 101 there is another historical marker. Cape Sand Sebastian. Spanish navigators were the first to explore the North American Pacific Coast beginning 50 years after Columbus discovered the western continents. Sebastian Vizciano saw this cape in 1603 and named it after the Patriot Saint of the day, of their discovery. Other navigators, Spanish, British and American, followed a century and a half later.
This is Friday, Oct. 10th, we spent the night in a state RV Park just outside of Brookings, Oregon this morning heading on south 101 just crossed the Oregon, California border. I am now in the state of California, and will be following south 101 for awhile.
This is Saturday, Oct. 11th, we spent the night in Klamath, Ca. still on 101 south ended the day stopping at an RV Park in Trinidad, Ca. after passing the coast and enjoying some great views and sea lions laying on the rocks by the water.
This is Sunday, Oct. 12th, we have left Trinidad, Ca. heading south 101 and will be spending the night at Scotia, Ca. at an RV Park.
This is Monday, Oct. 13th, we continue traveling south along the coast and are spending the night in Leggett, Ca. No markers to report.
This is Tuesday, Oct. 14th, we are turning off of hwy 101 to hwy 1 which took us back to the coast where we had a great view of the ocean and made it to Fort Bragg, Ca.
This is Wednesday, Oct. 15th, this is my brother Bob's birthday, Happy Birthday Bob. We spent the night at a state park just outside of Fort Bragg. Going into Fort Bragg there is an historical marker. Established in this vicinity June 11, 1857 by First Lieutenant Horatio Gates Gibson, third artillery later pre-general U.S. Army by Gibson in honor of his company commander, Braxton Bragg later General CSA. Abandoned October 1864. This is where Fort Bragg got established.
This is Thursday, Oct. 16th, we made it to a state park in Manchester, Ca. for the evening and now continuing on hwy 1 heading south. I have gone to Bodega Bay where we will be spending the night in another state park. We had the sound of the ocean, the sea lions and a fog horn.
This is Friday, Oct. 17th, we traveled today still south on hwy 1 and ended up in Olema, Ca. after an interesting ride going across the Pacific west with all of its rocky shores and waves.
This is Saturday, Oct. 18th, traveling today we climbed hills and drop downs through the mountains along the coast with terrific scenery and ended up coming into the San Francisco area and went across the Golden Gate Bridge and through San Francisco in a round-about-way and ended in Pacifica where we spent the night.
This is Sunday, Oct. 19th, we left Pacifica, south of San Francisco, and went back to hwy 35 which took us to hwy 82 and arrived in a town called Gilroy, Ca. where we spent the night. The garlic capital of the country.
This is Monday, Oct. 20th, today we worked our over to hwy 152 heading west where I was able to follow some bike paths to hwy 1 and our destination today is Monterey, Ca. I am at the Monterey Bay at the moment and looking at a passenger ship and I believe it is the same one we saw in Seattle, Wa.
This is Tuesday, Oct. 21st, we enjoyed some fish and clam chowder last night in Monterey Bay area. Heading south and connect with hwy 101 on our way through the Big Sur area on hwy 1, came across a fire area and passed a rest area for the fire fighters. We do thank them for taking care of our coast line here.
This is Wednesday, Oct. 22nd, we made it to Rugged Point, Ca. yesterday along the hwy Big Sur where Sandy picked me up and we drove to Morro Bay for the night and then Sandy drove me back to Rugged Point to continue the journey on hwy 1 south. Came to a Vista Point and there are sea lions laying on the beach. Nice Vista Point where you can watch them and take pictures.
This is Thursday, Oct. 23rd, still going south on hwy 1 rode to hwy 227 at San Luis Obispo after going through town and then connected with hwy 1 again and that brought us into the town of Lompoc where we are at a public campground.
This is Friday, Oct. 24th, still traveling south on hwy 1 came into the Santa Barbara area where I took hwy 192 through town and got back to hwy 1 and ended at a state park in Oxnard, Ca. for the night.
This is Saturday, Oct. 25th, we took a day off to re-coup from all the miles we have covered.
This is Sunday, Oct. 26th, we left Oxnard, Ca. following hwy 1 and continued on to just the out skirts of Malibu where we stayed at a state park for the night.
This is Monday, Oct. 27th, following hwy 1 and found a bike trail through Santa Monica, taking a break and looking at the Malibu Pier which has an amusement park and the large beach areas. Following hwy 1 bike path detour and as I cross over to the L.A. area there is the Dock Weiler hand gliding center. The coastal bluffs of Dock Weiler State Beach have played host to modern hand gliders since 1966 and are considered by many to be the birth place of modern hand gliding in the United States. The soft gentle slopes and smooth coastal breezes provide enthusiasts with the ideal environment for learning the art of hand gliding flight. Having used a combination of city and county estates resources we dedicate these new recreation facilities to the sport of hand gliding.
This is Tuesday, Oct. 28th, the end of the ride on hwy 1 at Long Beach, Ca. where we proceeded to Dana Point and stayed at a Doheny State Park where we will take tomorrow off.
This is Thursday, Oct. 30th, left Dana Point on hwy 1 south, where I followed bike paths on hwy 1 and old hwy 101 and we ended up in the town of Oceanside, Ca where we are staying in an RV Park which we will be here through the weekend, as we take a side trip over to the Phoenix area.