Our first SAG was at the Umpqua River Lighthouse. The current lighthouse dates to 1890 and sits about 100 feet above sea level. That short climb was a predecessor of what was to come. Leaving the SAG we faced a steep 400 foot climb back to US 101. Our trusty ride leader, Mike Munk, was lurking in just the right spot and snapped a great picture of me climbing in the fog. Joe, Jeff, Gary, John, and Barb pushed past me on the climb, but I got my revenge and zoomed past them on the descent. That power descending habit of mine always gets a good laugh out of Joe.
|Foggy Climb From The Light House (Courtesy of Mike Munk)|
|Small Marina Before the Lighthouse (Jeff and I Both Made This Our 1st Picture of the Day)|
|Umpqua River Lighthouse - 1st SAG|
|Approaching The Bridge Over Coos Bay|
|Another Long Walk ... I Did Ride Down The Back Side|
|Don, The Feather, The Fig Newton, and Me|
|Drawbridge Goes Up ... My Picture Was Blurry, So I Stole Jeff's :-)|
We are staying at the Bandon Inn overlooking the Coquille River and the old town of, you guessed it, Bandon. There is a good view of the Coquille River Lighthouse just a few blocks from town. I had another great piece of fish (Red Snapper) for dinner at the Minute Cafe. After dinner, I grabbed a beer with Leo, John, Barb, Don, and Don's fiancee Lori before settling in for the night. A shorter day awaits us tomorrow ... just 57 miles and 2,400 feet of climbing into Gold Beach. Hope the weather is a little nicer than today as there are supposed to be more sites to see.
|View From Our Balcony ... Bandon and Coquille River|
|Coquille River Lighthouse|
|Pig and His Family Are Everywhere|