Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Day 43 - Astoria, OR

Clear, sunny and warm was the weather for the day. This was about 8 am today as breakfast was being prepared. A slight fog was hanging over the river next to the SeaQuest Inn. No wind at all in the morning though it did pick up by time we took off about 11:30.

Just a food shot showing part of the breakfast. Not shown was the watermelon and berries with a mint dressing. The jalapeƱo-peach salsa was especially good.

It was about 165 miles to Astoria from the B&B. While underway, the temperature would fluctuate between 64°F and 95°F and 20mph headwind to dead calm. On this section of road, the Ural was not the slowest vehicle on the road and the majority of the drivers don't pay attention to the signs instructing slow vehicles to use the turnouts provided. The trip took almost 5 hours and we're not sure Astoria was worth it. It feels like a suburb of Portland. Very urban. The pic is the early morning view from our room at the Rose River Inn B&B with a view of the Columbia River. The rig is parked below the window next to the site of the first post office opened west of the Rocky Mtns (March 9, 1847).

Below is a pano of the Columbia River from the wharf area of the city. Bridget is attempting to take a picture of a few seals sitting on a buoy. Tomorrow, we head inland back to the land of triple digit temperature.

 

11 comments:

  1. I remember, we weren't very impressed with Astoria either.

    But hey, you've got blue skies, and your lady travels along with you on your bike. Isn't life good?

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    1. Blue skies, moderate temperatures and another nice B&B. Not complaining.

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  2. We haven't really been to Astoria too many times (hate the long Hwy 101 drive) but the long bridge is a popular sight and riding up to the Astoria Column is popular with some riding friends.

    106 forecast in Corvallis today, stay at the coast as long as you can.

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    1. Didn't listen. Now in McMinnville with 104°F temperatures. We spent most of the afternoon in the air museum.

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  3. What an awesome journey! Reading about it makes me want to hop on my bike and start exploring the area North of us. :-)

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    1. Pretty nice up here. I'm venturing into Calif. as far as Chico but that'll be in a car.

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    2. When are you planning to be in Chico?

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    3. Friday afternoon on the 7th through Sunday morning. I'm there for a wedding on the afternoon of the 8th.

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    4. Darn! We already have plans for that weekend. Otherwise it would have been fun to meet!

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  4. Wow, what a spectacular view from your B&B and I'm not just talking about the food shot.

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    1. It was a nice view of the River at the Astoria B&B but nothing like being "on the beach" like we were on Wednesday.

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