Saturday 4th September 2004
Fort Stevens to Cape Disappointment State Park, Washington State. About
30 miles. We cycled back into Astoria, where Steve went round the maritime
museum and was delighted witht he tales of daring on the high seas - the
Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean and creates a very turbulent sea.
Excellent for sea rescues, wrecks, and tumbling waves, and Les Galloway's
excellent book "Forty Fathoms Deep" was bought from the musueum shop.
More books were bought at Lucy's Books, so the bikes have got even heavier.
Food now has to be bungeed to the bike, since there's no room for anything
more within the panniers. We ate lunch at the Pig 'N Pancake (specialists
in pancakes - wonderful levels of carbohydrates!) before setting out over
the Astoria Bridge - which is about 4 miles long and stretches out over
the Columbia River - you can see the slender darkness of the bridge against
the river surface in the photo. There's not much room for bikes up there,
and the wind was blowing strongly. It's a wonderful bridge to ride across
though - you feel suspended above the river on a little strip of metal
and tarmac. I watched a fisherman hauling in a fish yards from my place
on the tarmac.
we were in Washington State , and we headed along the coast road to Cape
Disappointment, which we weren't. Just before the disappointment, there
was the small town of Ilwaco, which has some good wall murals. I particularly
like the one that combined historical and contemporary, as a boy carrying
a skateboard walks into a scene from the 19th Century! (click on the photo
for a bigger picture). The state parks in Washington are not as good as
the state parks in Oregon - the facilities are more basic and seem a bit
less clean and tidy. Due to the numbers of Racoons around the tent, we
slept with our food all around us.