For years I’ve wondered how it would be to bike along the Nestucca River from the coast to Carlton in the Willamette Valley – I’m sure it must be the quietest crossing on the northwest coast. I could never quite figure out how to fit it into a reasonable loop, but it’s a natural for a one way ride. In this version, wa caught the bus to Cannon Beach, followed the coast down to Pacific City, and then followed the Nestucca east. The first few miles, until you reach Beaver and can leave the highway, are a bit uncomfortable. After that though, it’s perfect – you’ll have the road to yourself for the next 50 miles.
Here’s the journal of this short four day tour, and here’s the map: