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Arch Cape, Oregon


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Posted - 07/04/2013 :  10:28 PM                       Like
Scott's recent post prompted me to post a short trip report. Here is another. This is a ride through the the coast range mountains of northwest Oregon. I am keeping the photos posted here fairly small. If you would like to see this with larger images you can see a trip report posted to my web site here: http://www.archcape.com/events/Ride...3/index.html

I am an older rider that has returned to motorcycles after a very long absence. My prior riding was logging roads in the Oregon coast range. Those are really rough roads and I can recall finishing a day quite tired and worn out, and that was when I was young and in my best condition ever. Now I'm older (much) and returning to riding. My intention in getting a bike was to again enjoy the fun of a motorcycle but stick to pavement and explore back roads of the pacific northwest. I spend a lot of time looking at Google maps looking for roads that look as if they would be fun to explore. I found this road very close to my home and was a bit surprised that I was not aware of it. I posted a question to a pacific northwest oriented motorcycle forum and found out that this was a "summer road" for motorcycles. I waited a couple months until summer arrived and took the ride. Here is my report.

There is a very twisty road through the coast range of Oregon linking highway 47 and highway 101 connecting the towns of Carlton and Beaver. Both towns are small. Carlton has a population of 2000 and Beaver has a population of 120. I rode this on a warm day at the end of June. I am told that this is a "summer road", at least as far as motorcycles go due to snow in the winter.

Google maps shows the distance between Carlton and Beaver as 46 miles and lists a travel time of 1 hour and 24 minutes. So Google figures an average speed of about 33 MHP. That gives an idea of how many twists and turns the road has. I actually took 2 hours and 25 minutes to do the trip as I was constantly stopping to take photos. The road is paved with a 3 mile section of hard packed dirt and gravel.

Here is the Google map image. That is the Pacific ocean on the left.

A section in the middle better showing the curves.

I rode highway 47 to Carlton and had lunch at the Carlton bakery. I highly recommend this as the first stop. They have great sandwiches on home made bread. The temperature gauge on the V-Strom indicated 94 degrees when I left Carlton.

You will ride west on Main Street which quickly turns into Meadowlake Road. Here is the view looking back at Carlton.

This is still in the Willamette valley. Here is the view looking into the coast range where the road will take us.

The first part of the ride is a mix of tree covered roads breaking into clear stretches. Lots of beautiful green scenery.

The city of McMinville has their water reservoir along this road. This is the McGuire Reservoir. A beautiful sight on what was a very warm day.

The road transitions to NW Nestucca Road and follows the Nestucca River. There are many scenic views and 3 camping areas.

The road constantly changes from sun to shade.

More beautiful river views. The temperature gauge dipped to 81 on the ride, back to 83 when I reached Beaver so quite a warm day in the coast range. The river looked very inviting especially with all my stops to take photos.

With all my photo stops it took me an hour and 20 minutes to make it just 25 miles. My next trip on this road will be riding, not stopping for photos. At the 25 mile point the road changes from paved to very hard packed dirt with gravel on top. It was more dirt than gravel when I rode it. There are quite a few pot holes but it was not challenging at all. After three miles you reach a narrow bridge and the road is once again paved.

Another river view.

By now we are close to Beaver, where the road meets highway 101. There are some very pretty valleys in this part of the coast range.

At Beaver I turned north on highway 101 and headed up the coast. This is the view coming into Tillamook from the south.

I continued north through Tillamook finishing my day just a bit south of Cannon Beach. This was a 125 mile ride taking 5 and a half hours. That includes a lunch stop in Carlton and many stops for photos along the ride.

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Posted - 07/05/2013 :  7:28 AM
I enjoyed the trip report and photos. Thanks.

In a prior working lifetime I made a number of trips to Oregon (mostly the Lake Oswego area). On one of my first trips I decided to go to the Coast for dinner. I left with temperatures in the mid 70's, shorts and T-shirt. During the trip I found myself closing the windows, turning on the heater, and watching out for black ice (and elk).

I notice you had a 13 degree change in temperature and I am wondering how much of that might have been due to changes in elevation?
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Posted - 07/11/2013 :  1:04 PM
Thanks for the trip report. I love seeing different states and how things look. Hopefully one day I can make the trip too.
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Meridian, ID


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Posted - 07/11/2013 :  2:47 PM
Originally posted by randysway223

Thanks for the trip report. I love seeing different states and how things look. Hopefully one day I can make the trip too.

I'll be happy to meet you half way on Highway 1 sometime. It's "only" a 600 mile round trip for me to ride to Cambria and back.
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