Dean and I talked a lot about our career paths and personal history the evening I stayed with him and his wife Carol. It’s always fun to hear each hosts background, what got them into bike touring, and why they host. Dave and Carol are a retired library worker and elementary education teacher respectively. They look forward to hosting more bikers as the weather improves and the effects of COVID recede.
The scenery was beautiful in the sunshine. I didn’t stop at any of the wineries. They weren’t open yet. Meanwhile Hidalgo had to wait while I needed another 10-100.
Maybe I was not as fresh as yesterday. Maybe it was because it was warmer. It could also have been because there was slow building headwind. Regardless, the climbs seemed steeper, the shoulder seemed narrower, the traffic seemed heavier, and it was just plain harder on the return trip. When I was done, it showed up in the stats. I rode only half a mile farther, climbed 150 feet less and took 16 minutes longer. I know I drank a lot more. I also know that on the downhills I was consistently going over 30 mph for long sections. Today, I rarely got above 30 and had to pedal hard on some of the downhills to stay above 20 mph. Hills can be bad, but headwinds are always worse!
This time my trip to the Bakery General Store was later in the day. The doughnut selection was good, but not as big as yesterday morning. I got a German sausage in a “(bread) blanket”, a banana, milk and 2 oatmeal cookies for my early lunch/second breakfast.
As I did my final climbs against the wind, I realized it wasn’t just my imagination. As I was heading west against the wind, I could see there were times when I did not have much shoulder, but across the lanes, the eastbound side had a safe margin. It was just another condition that added to my fatigue.
Getting off of 101 back into town was a steep downhill curve. After a few more turns, I was back at the Airbnb in Cannon Beach. I had beat the hikers back to the house, so I had the place, including the shower, all to myself. It was a good, 2 day mini adventure with a lot of sights and a few interesting people.
The Lone Rider