The climb from Cape Lookout was a steep one and I gained an elevation of a 1000 ft in a little less than 7 kms. From the top of the hill I could see the beach next to the state park. The road then descended to Pacific City a small town on the edge of the coast with fabulous rock outcrops. I could also see some guys in wet suits surfing in the cold waters. It was drizzling and cold, so I halted to have some coffee and pizza. My breakfast in the morning had been meagre. I was low on energy and felt like taking it easy. While I was admiring the beach I met with a couple who were also cycling to Argentina – Ville and Kirsten. They had begun their journey from Portland and it was nice to meet them. Soon after I was climbing another hill. It rained all day and a fine spray of sea water mist would spray me occasionally. Along the way I had a late lunch at yet another small village called Neskowin at a delightful cafe. Next to it on the beach was a rock formation called Proposal Rock, which incidentally was very famous for ..’proposing’ ! Close to it on the mainland was a romantic sort of hotel with views of the ocean.
By four it was raining incessantly and I was tired of being drenched so I chose to end the day at a KOA 5 kms before Lincoln City. But to get to it I had to climb another steep hill and this is where I met a phenomenal cyclist from the UK – Joseph Kendrick. He was like a powerful horse surging up the mountain and we exchanged contact details and then within a few minutes he was gone.
I reached the Lincoln City KOA at 4.30 pm and after setting up camp got down to a hot shower and some food – a pizza. I spent an extra day recovering from the rain and cold induced tiredness.