05-14-2010, 10:19 AM
Joined: Apr 2008
Location: Los Angeles, CA
The Oregon Coast
Although I’ve been an advrider member for quite awhile, this is my first ride report. I actually took this ride last August, but I never quite got around to writing a report on it.
A little background: After years of working in the auto parts biz, I decided it was time for me to finish what I had set out to do years earlier, and went back to school. A yearlong Master’s program would dominate 2009 for me, and at the end of the year my wife and I would be relocating to Los Angeles so she could go back to grad school. Given my schedule, the final days of August would be the last opportunity for me to get in a quick motorcycle trip for 2009. Early September would find me entering the classroom as a student teacher, teaching the subjects of Social Studies, Language Arts, and Creative Writing to multiple classes of seventh graders. Sweet lord, help me.
One trip I had never gotten a chance to do was to ride up the Oregon coast. My simple little trip would take me west from Eugene to Florence on highway 126, then up the 101 all the way to Astoria, and then SE on the 26 towards the Portland area to crash at my folk’s house. The next day I’d take highway 99 back to Eugene, and get ready for the ensuing madness of teaching 12 year olds. Here goes.
My weapon of choice: 2001 SV650. Sonic Springs, 636 shock, Corbin seat, Suzuki accessory flyscreen, Napoleons. Otherwise stock.
On highway 126 in Veneta, en route to the coast.
Florence has a lot of sand dunes to ride on, and this shop caters to all the dune fanatics that come through. Florence is absolutely packed with “quad haulers” on the weekends.
Bliss’ Hot Rod Grill in Florence. I never got a chance to eat there, oh well.
Finally, the Pacific Ocean. Not the best day for scenery though, as there was lots of fog that day.
I found a spot to pull off the highway, and was only parked for a minute when another rider showed up and took a few pictures.
He was nice enough to take a pic of me, sans gloves.
Ah, the beautiful ocean.
I stopped at a few touristy attractions along the way. I was able to learn about whales…
… and the “Devil’s Churn”. Do not try to swim in the “Devil’s Churn”.
The Ridge Route, 2011
The Oregon Coast, 2009
"...the fuel goes in there, through there and out there. . . the black turny thing on the back then goes round and round."