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A Day in 10 Photos: 08.24.2011 PDX to SF – Day 03

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Today was the hardest day yet. Not so much physically but mentally. I woke up first thing and got out on the road early to be greeted with little or no shoulder for the first 30 miles. The climbs weren’t bad but I kept getting whizzed by logging trucks and my panniers hit the guard rail multiple times. It didn’t end there!

Check out nine more photos below!

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I took a bit to chill when I got to the top of this one lookout. I know these self-shot photos are cheesy but they capture my mood quite well. Sitting here, I just wanted to take it easy after 50 miles. My legs were sore and the number of times I almost got hit had me shaking.

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It wasn’t until I met a couple of motocycle tourers who were from Texas that my nerves loosened up a bit.

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Purple bikes for the win!

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I left Florence for Dunes City.

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Where I saw the second biggest sand dunes I’ve ever seen. These things were massive and they sometimes got so big that they spilled into the road, engulfing the shoulder.

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What followed was a good 40 miles of back-country towns. I got honked at, had cans thrown at me, got called names and had multiple dogs chase after me. It was the first time that I found myself drifting and getting bummed out but once I got to Barview and Charleston, I just kept pushing.

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When I hit 7 Devils Road it was like getting an uppercut. After 80 miles I got nailed with another hefty dose of climbs and I couldn’t get into my biggest sprocket so it was a lot of out of the saddle climbing.

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When I saw this sign, I laughed and that was all I needed to push on to Bandon.

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This quiet little fishing town is the most beautiful outcropping of civilization I’ve seen so far. Tomorrow I’ll wake up and tackle another 100+ miles, hopefully making it to Crescent City, CA. If I do, that’ll be over 400 miles in 4 days.

Here’s the route from today.

What did I learn today?

-Ignore pissed motorists. They’re just trying to get to you.
-Bring a dog horn or something while touring.
-Good music lifts spirits.
-All hail Bongripper!

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