Happy Birthday USA!
Trip Start Jun 19, 2010
20Trip End Jul 08, 2010
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Sequim, WA to Seaside, OR – July 4, 2010
As we got up we decided laundry was in order so we did a couple loads prior to departure. After packing we headed to the bikes to load up and get on the road. When we got down to the bikes, Julie found a gigantic beetle on her seat on the back of the bike. Shawn took a couple pictures and then got a piece of paper thinking we could put it on Ed's bike before he got outside to notice. As he got the paper near the bug, it reared back and began hissing at him. The cheerleader youth and their parents were super excited about the “hissing beetle” we found. Needless to say, no surprise on Ed's bike, but some cool pictures of a pissed off insect.
There wasn't really anything about the day's ride that was overly stimulating other than the overall general beauty of the peninsula itself.......shoreline and stunning bridge architecture
As it got near dark (and much more chilly), we arrived in Astoria, Oregon. We stopped at a Starbucks to get a warm drink and start making calls about lodging for the evening. Sadly (or stupidly) we didn't consider sooner the fact that it was the Fourth of July and smack dab in the middle of a long holiday weekend. We called every hotel within a hundred miles ahead and behind and only found a couple rooms available. Although not thrilled about the pricing, which was quite exorbitant even for a holiday, we didn't have a choice. We settled on an oceanfront room about 30 miles ahead of us and set out. Upon arriving in Seaside, Oregon we found a scene that looked like a smaller west coast version of Mardi Gras. People everywhere, streets blocked off, not enough police and a scent of ganja in the air. In addition to that the scent of wood smoke permeated the air.
Ed went to check us in and appeared to be having troubles as he was gone for 20 mins before we went to check on him