BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 75 Monmouth to Pacific City

Day Seventy Five Thane’s Blog: looking at the big lake

Sunday July 14, 2013, 70 miles (113 km) – Total so far: 4,282 miles (6,891 km)

Today’s ride was filled with too damn many motorized vehicles traveling too damn fast for too many miles causing too much noise and too much stress.

Then we took the fork in the road and as the poem said “That made all the difference”. The young gal behind the counter at the store where the road forks said there were lots of hills for the next 10 miles but she was mistaken. There was only one hill that averaged 5%grade and lasted for 5 glorious miles.

The climb took us through an incredible forest of ferns and trees and old moss. It was like something out of a freaking magazine. This climb was filled with beautiful switchbacks so you never really knew when the summit would shake your hand. As I the sweat was dancing down my face I actually felt a slight bit of sadness.

Sad for the fact that I will absolutely miss this type of incredible climb through this type of incredible forest. Before today I assumed that the beauty of the climb up Mackenzie Pass was the last of the beautiful climbs in this state. After this climb I realized I was wrong.

An incredible thing happened on the way to Pacific City…….. We caught our first view of the Pacific Ocean. Booyyyyaahhh. I busted out the camera and took a few photos but I made a pack with myself. For some really bizarre reason I didn’t want to touch the water here. I need to reserve that moment for Astoria. The city where this journey officially ends.

Tuesday. Astoria here we come

at the bottom of the hill

at the bottom of the hill

getting closer to the ocean

getting closer to the ocean

hell yes. that's the pacific ocean behind me

hell yes. that’s the pacific ocean behind me

two friends sharing a moment

two friends sharing a moment

Day Seventy Five Bobby’s Blog

Sunday July 14, 2013, 70 miles (113 km) – Total so far: 4,282 miles (6,891 km)

Day 75 Monmouth to Pacific CityGot nine hours of sleep last night and hit the road this morning feeling rested and excited to see the coast. It’s been a long haul and I would less than truthful if I said I wasn’t looking forward to the finish.

Still pretty chilly in the mornings when we start so early but very little traffic and no wind. Had a real nice breakfast in Fort Hill then hit the very busy highway 18. It at least had a good shoulder.

We pulled into Rose Ledge for a cold one and for me an ice cream and I asked the gal why so much traffic she said it’s Sunday and everyone is coming back from the beach. That’s when I realized that we were getting close.

We got off busy 18 there and turned onto North Bank Rd. which took us to old scenic hwy. 101 which just for the heck of it gave us a very long climb but being the seasoned climbers we are now we even could notice the beauty around us.

Had to put my jacket on for the descent as the wind coming off the coast was quite cold. With much anticipation we pulled into Neskowin and walked about 100 yards and got our first glimpse of the Pacific Ocean. What a feeling as it started sinking in right then what we had accomplished so far.

I had to tell myself not to get too excited we still have two more days to go. We did not allow ourselves to touch the water as we wanted to save that for Astoria.

It was lunch then back out onto the very busy hwy 101 and into a very hard head wind straight out of the North. Pacific City we are here for our overnight. This is starting to get emotional.

I just realized that today July 14th is the anniversary of my 24th year of sobriety. I feel so blessed. Thank you Lord for this amazing life.