Klamath River starts in Oregon and is the second longest river in California. In this area of the Pacific is a whale watching area. The fishing industry is big too.
These trees are so impressive. For many years the redwoods were harvested and about 100 years ago organizations started taking preservation efforts. I was surprised to learn that the National Park was not created until 1968. There are many area close to enjoy this natural phenomenon.
The name of the park was Patrick, but it was renamed in honor of the the area had when the Yurok people lived here. In addition to the coastal redwoods, you will see Sitka spruce, hemlock, pine, and red alder.
Many State Parks in California offer hike/bike campsite. Facilities are primitive and it is best to check ahead to get the specifics on the stop.
The first town was Trinidad. It is one of California's smallest incorporated cities with a population of 367. There are 10 public beaches here and you see the off shore rocks in the photo above. The area is part of the California Coastal National Monument which run along the shore to protect the environment.
Eureka is a city of 25,000. It is the largest port town between San Francisco and Portland. It is also a deep sea port, the only one between Coos Bay and SF. If you love Victorian homes, you will love this place. The Sequoia Park Zoo sounds interesting too.
Brookings was begun by the lumber industry and the city is named after that company that started lumbering the area. In 2011 a tsunami of an 8' wave damaged the harbor. The tremor that created the wave was from a quake near Japan. Astounding.
Mt. Emily is the only site on the mainland U.S. that suffering attack during World War II. A plane with torpedoes took off from a Japanese submarine and luckily there was no damage. I bet the waters were patrolled by the U.S. Navy.
I spent a month moving my mileage through Oregon. I can see how the towns along the way are similar to the one along the Lake Michigan - Michigan shoreline. The areas that sustained themselves had a river outlet. Lumber, fishing, and recreation developed the areas.
In the photo you see a steel bear box. Be sure not to keep anything in your tent that will attract a bear. The trees are astounding!
The area's first European settlement was in 1853. Some twenty years later George Bennett decided to name the town after his Irish hometown, Bandon. I guess he was homesick. In my travels, I have noticed that this is common with many US towns. My hometown of Rochester, MI was settled by people from New York state. I should not be critical. I bet that I would do the same thing.
Langlois was named after an early settler and that is a common way of naming places too. By the way, it is now pronounced lang-loyce, as in Joyce. I said lang-loy as in toy. They can always tell that you are from out of town by mispronounced local names. I don't think that they noticed my panniers and ragged look.
Port Orford is the western most settlement in Oregon and in the contiguous 48 states.
This lighthouse is the oldest in the State of Oregon and tours are available.
This virtual bike tour has covered 681.7 miles so far.
Beverly Beach State Park to Sunset Bay State Park (near Coos Bay) 113 miles. Total 596 miles
At 93', it is the tallest lighthouse in Oregon. It was made in Paris and shipped here for installation in 1873. Guided tours are available. There are 11 lighthouses along the coast. This is the first that I have seen on this tour.
The bridge is known as one of the most distinctive along the Pacific Highway. It opened in 1936 and its overall length is 3260'.
Yachats gets high marks as a destination area for tourism, but lumber, fishing, recreation and food products also are strong in the economy.
This bridge design looks very familiar. Create a space large enough for the boats and ships to pass under.
Reedsport, like many of the larger towns along the US 101 are at a mouth of a river
; in this case, the Umpqua River. The town is home to an office of the US Forest Service and a Discovery Center with displays of the area.
I love my riding days and look to find interesting and informative items to share.
Pacific Coast Highway