I’m an Oregonian!

So 6 months, damn almost 7 now, we moved to the Oregon Coast. In that time I have come to think of myself and as beach walking, wine drinking, coast cycling neighborhood walking nature spotting whale watching member of the Beaver State. (hehhehheh he said Beaver!)

But I was still sporting the Washington State Driver’s license. With the midterm elections coming up next month, we needed to register to vote. Here in Oregon, that means you get an Oregon License.

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Taking advice from a crazy guy on a bike

Many of my posts begin with the fact that I am learning new stuff about where we now live all the time. This one is no exception. This time it’s about the weather.

Michelle and I have a running joke that the weatherman and weather apps flat have no idea what our weather is going to do. We look outside on a day its supposed to rain, and its sun. A day that is supposed to be calmand the trees are bending over. We just look at each other and laugh and say, “They don’t know!”

This week the story has been fog… Continue reading “Taking advice from a crazy guy on a bike”

Tidbits from Cannon Beach 2017

Since the birth of the Mountainstroh Blog 4 years (wow 4!) ago, I have posted during every vacation. I do it because it is fun, and it helps me remember the fun stuff that happens, and lets me share my fun with people stuck at work.

Not everything that happens though makes it into a post. Sometimes I forget. Sometimes something cooler happened, and sometimes I just think I will add it later.

This post is a few things that happened during the week we were gone that may have gotten skipped. Continue reading “Tidbits from Cannon Beach 2017”

Oregon Coast Day 6 Coos Bay to Port Orford

In the last post, I mentioned how boring the run from Florence to Coos Bay was. There just wasn’t a lot of excitement, or picture worthy opportunities along the way. Coos Bay is just honestly kind of a run down logging town, and even the freshness of a morning sunrise just can’t make it pretty,

However, the food and service at the Pancake Mill for breakfast went a LONG way to brightening my day. the ham and cheese omelet, hash browns and homemade jam for the toast I knew would give me some great pedaling power! Continue reading “Oregon Coast Day 6 Coos Bay to Port Orford”

Oregon Coast Day 7 Port Orford to Brookings

AS I mentioned in the last post, getting to Port Orford was a struggle. The weather gods threw everything they had at us, those headwinds will be remembered for a long time! After the double cheeseburger, it was back to the room and to bed!

I was happy to know we had just one more long day left… Continue reading “Oregon Coast Day 7 Port Orford to Brookings”

Day 4 Oregon Coast Newport to Florence and Day 5 Florence to Coos Bay

There is a distinct dichotomy between day 4 and day 5 on the coast ride. Newport to Florence has some of my favorite places in the world. It is a gorgeous ride. From Florence south is the exact opposite, it a long inland slog to a town that is just NOT pretty. But to do the Oregon coast, you have to do both days! Continue reading “Day 4 Oregon Coast Newport to Florence and Day 5 Florence to Coos Bay”

Oregon Coast Day 3: Pacific City to Newport

This was one of days I was most concerned about with my buddy Rob. It had 2 decent climbs, one to get into Lincoln City, and then one just before Newport. After day one, he was already a much better climber, but this was going to be a challenge for him. The challenge would have to wait though, until after breakfast! Continue reading “Oregon Coast Day 3: Pacific City to Newport”