Done: Reached the Beach

by Rainbow Bobbins

On Saturday Heather and I finished our first big, organized ride – Reach the Beach – a 55 53 mile ride from Amity, OR to Pacific City, OR. It was about 60 degrees out with clouds and sun breaks – perfect for riding. We joined several hundred others in meandering through the country roads of small logging towns-turned wine producers. Some of the loveliest stretches ran along the Little Nestucca River in the Siuslaw National Forest.

Final mileage - 53.2

Pacific City! We arrived at our destination. We were greeted with beers from Pelican Brewery

I swear for a while there I was neck and neck with an 80 year old woman but we managed to pull ahead and averaged a nice leisurely pace of 12mph. We were pleased with our results and inspired to continue training for a century ride in October.

We stopped to take in the scenery at Little Nestucca River

Little Nestucca River - looking west

Mile 45 – near the estuary

Saint Molly met us a Pelican Brewery where we refueled on pasta, brownies and beer. We stayed at a cottage on the beach and spent the evening roaming the oceanfront near Haystack Rock. The next morning we were up for coffee and more walks on the beach. We spent a good amount of time looking at sea life microcosms in the briny puddles of costal rocks – tiny barnacles with feathery appendages, the smallest muscles and snails I’ve ever noticed, bright red spider mites. We cruised homeward stopping for an amazing lunch at Blue Goat Restaurant in Amity. Great weekend.

Haystack Rock

The coast looked stormy but it was warm - by Oregon standards

Pacific City beach homes

We still had energy after the ride! Beach love.

Heather and Molly coastal style.