Sunday, June 20, 2010

Oregon Coast: Siletz & Toledo - June 18, 2010

(l-r: Glenn, Jennifer, Tollie, Olivia, Ricardo, Greg, Russ, Kevin and Patrick at Hwy 22 Junction)

After record setting rainfall for the month of June in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, we finally got a break in the weather and were able to get out for a group ride.The Salem group (five bikes) met at the corner of 25th Street and Mission Street in SE Salem. We traveled east on Hwy 22 and met up with Patrick, Ricardo and Ricardio's daughter Olivia at the Kings Valley Hwy & Hwy 22 junction near Dallas, Oregon.

We followed Hwy 22 to the Oregon Coast and then traveled around the south side of Devils Lake stopping at Devils Lake State Park.

Devils Lake State Park: Rest Break: (l-r) Tollie, Olivia, Ricardo & Russ

Devils Lake State Park: Rest Break: (l-r) Greg & Patrick

Devils Lake State Park: Rest Break: Kevin

Patrick just returned from a trip to the east coast where he visited the Harley-Davidson factory. Here he is explaining to Glenn how these bikes come down the assembly line.

We then rode on Hwy 101 before turning east onto Hwy 229 and we rode along side the Siletz River and into the town of Siletz, Oregon. This is a beautiful stretch of road and shouldn't be missed!

Next we connected with Hwy 20 and headed west towards Newport, Oregon where we turned south to Yaquina Bay Road. We rode up river towards Toledo with the Yaquina Bay off our right side.

Stopping along side Yaquina Bay Road

Continuing on Yaquina Bay Road we rode into Toledo and up Elk City Road to Elk City where we stopped at the city park before riding back into Toledo for lunch.

Lunch break was at
Stu Miller's Pig Feathers BBQ. We sat outside but the tables were in the shade. Jennifer mentioned it would be nice to sit in the sun so we proceeded to pick up our tables and moved them into the parking lot. The waitress didn't mind and we had a great meal.

Lunch Break in Toledo, Oregon

Jennifer, Good call to move the tables into the sunshine!

Great place for lunch: Stu Miller's Pig Feathers BBQ in Toledo, Oregon:

After lunch we traveled east on Hwy 20 back to the Willamette Valley. We took a small detour on Hwy 180 (Nashville Road) before joining back up with Hwy 20. We then turned north of Hwy 223 (Kings Valley Hwy) and our next stop was Ritner Creek Bridge.

After our break at Ritner Creek Bridge, the group from Dallas, Oregon (Patrick and Ricardo) followed Hwy 223 back to Dallas while the Salem group headed east on Airlie Road to Hwy 99W.

Being I needed to get to Stayton, Oregon I continued east on Airlie Road to Buena Vista, Oregon crossing the Willamette River byway of the Buena Vista Ferry then through Jefferson, Oregon to Stayton. The others followed Hwy 99W north to Monmouth and Independence, Oregon and then along
River Road back into Salem.

This trip covered about 220 miles.

Here is a link to the route we rode:

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