2013/12: Ophir - Crescent City

  Stage 2013/12 [A012]
Ophir - Gold Beach - Fort Dick - Crescent City
66 mi / 107 km
823 m (garmin etrex)

 

 

Cycling from Ophir to Crescent City. Pacific coast Vancouver - San Francisco on a bicycle
 

Today, the weather is peaceable. The rain is forgotten; instead there is blue sky and local fog. We cycle across the Paterson Bridge to Gold Beach to look for a breakfast stop. The bridge is an almost 600 m long arch bridge from steel concrete opened in 1932 and designed by Conde McCullough.
 

Today, our route leads us again directly along the sea.
 

Just a few kilometers after our breakfast we have to overcome a rise of 200 meters in altitude with a gradient of up to 5 %.
 

At the steepest place, someone has left some encouragement: Hills are Fun!
 

After the rise, there is the descent: Behind the last curve, there is a spectacular view of the rocky coast of Oregon.
 

As we continue, Highway 101 snakes along the coast.
 

Photo stop: Hunters Cove with Hunters Island in the background.
 

Today we are lucky with the weather: The coast has good weather, . . .
 

. . . while the fog banks got caught on the Pacific today. Better like this than the other way around.
 

>Between Pistol River and Brookings, the terrain remains hilly. The better the view of the rocky coast. Sometimes with fog, . . .
 

. . . sometimes without any fog in the background.
 

Group picture with sheriff.
 

Well, I’ve done that for a longer time.
 

South of the Winchuck River, we enter California.
 

California surprises us with an advancement of the cyclist-button at bridges and tunnels, as we know it from Oregon: A detector automatically recognizes the crossing of a bike and turns on a warning lamp on the (rather small) bridge.