Fortuna to Coos Bay

Trip Start Mar 28, 2012
Trip End May 24, 2012

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Where I stayed
Motel 6 Coos Bay
Read my review - 4/5 stars
What I did
Oregon Coast
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Oregon
Sunday, May 13, 2012

A sharp start - with sun, fog and cloud all present - weird. After visiting the obligatory Starbucks we headed north on US101 and made our way out of California into Oregon. The fog was almost always present but the coast made it rise to form a 'lid' on our vistas - clearly visible in some of the pictures from today's journey.

The road is generally good allowing a constant 55 or 65 mph, except in towns of course - but it's still a long way and took us about 7 hours with stops. Some of the beaches were wonderfully desolate and wind-swept with patches of mist being blown in from the ocean. The colours were magnificent - usually set against emerald forests of mainly evergreens with plenty of Redwoods still present. Although the wind was comparatively light the waves still broke with force as they raced up the beaches. There are lots of natural arches in the rocks along the coast and wide sandy beaches backed by wonderful dunes - our first since Death Valley!

Coos Bay is the only city on the Oregon coast and has a population of 15,000 - not many people know that! It's quite quaint. It is also an international port and judging by the number and size of the Tug Boats moored along the inlet, must see some pretty big ships. They are working at redeveloping railway traffic and have a number of new freight customers. This route would make a great rail journey. Just imagine doing San Diego to Vancouver and then the trans-Canadian railroad!

We had an excellent Chinese meal in Kum-Yon's Restaurant at 835 S Broadway - again the portions were far too big. We were offered boxes to take it with us - but where do you put in a motel room with no fridge or microwave. the thought of special fried rice for breakfast does not appeal. 

Afterwards we sought the sea - which was further than we'd bargained for. There was a group of friendly guys fishing for crab off the end of a pier - they filled me on local info, pointing out places of intrest past and present. Everyone is genuinely friendly here and has time for you - it's a pleasant change to the cities I've been spending so much time in.

Another major hike tomorrow as we cover the rest of Oregon's coast.
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