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Apr 10th 2020, 12:09 PM   #1
 FeralRdr's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  The Rider's Seat

Went to the North Coast the Other Day

Made a run out to Seaside with OldManRiver this past week. The roads were in great shape and traffic was very light. Even on 101 traffic was able to move at speed. The only real slow down we encountered there, was at the tunnel South of Cannon Beach due to road construction.



As you can see above, we pretty much did a Figure-8 via Scapp-Vern, 47, 202, 101, 53, and 103 HWY's. We stopped for lunch (we packed our own) along Lewis and Clark Rd up above Seaside next to some logging gates. We had plenty of both shade and space for parking and social distancing.


After lunch, we looped down to the Nehalem area and headed home via 53, 103, and then back to 47 where we decided to head to Clatskanie and then back to the Portland area via Longview and I5. To minimize slabbing HWY 30 we usually take the Quincy/Mayger/Alston Loop out of Clatskanie. It's a nice twisty "Bypass" that we find more enjoyable than 30. A word of caution though. The roads on the western side of the loop (Clatskanie-Mayger), are in very good shape. However, the eastern side ( Mayger-Alston), is a little rougher in spots. I didn't notice anything that would absolutely ruin your day, but you definitely want to keep your eyes open.

It definitely was a great day to ride.



Apr 10th 2020, 04:32 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  NW Oregon

  R1200ST, CB350
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Originally Posted by FeralRdr
To minimize slabbing HWY 30 we usually take the Quincy/Mayger/Alston Loop out of Clatskanie. It's a nice twisty "Bypass" that we find more enjoyable than 30. A word of caution though. The roads on the western side of the loop (Clatskanie-Mayger), are in very good shape.
For that leg, if I can make the timing work I like to take the good ship Oscar B from Westport to Cathlamet and then WA-4 to Longview. Spectacular river vistas on several stretches and I love the long flat curves between the cliffs and the water.

As always check the website to make sure the Ferry's running on the schedule you want. They're on reduced hours right now so midday's out.
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Apr 11th 2020, 08:13 AM   #3
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  Jun 2019
  West Linn

  Ducati Multistrada, KTM 300, CR500
That's a good loop! The section from Mist to Clatskanie is among my favorites anywhere. I hit that a couple weeks ago though I got to Vernonia via Timber Rd. I happened upon the Quincy/Mayger/Alston route by chance, then went south on Apiary/Meissner/Canaan Roads and then took Rocky Point to Skyline. My intention was to catch a Pic at the Skyline Restaurant for Photo Tag but Skyline Blvd was closed a couple miles from the restaurant and I was low on time so had to skip it.
Apr 11th 2020, 09:53 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  The Rider's Seat

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Originally Posted by WarpShatner7
For that leg, if I can make the timing work I like to take the good ship Oscar B from Westport to Cathlamet and then WA-4 to Longview. Spectacular river vistas on several stretches and I love the long flat curves between the cliffs and the water.

As always check the website to make sure the Ferry's running on the schedule you want. They're on reduced hours right now so midday's out.
We've tried to catch the ferry before, but have never been able to catch it at the right time. The last time we ran out for lunch at the Berry Patch, we had just arrived at the dock, as the ferry was pulling away. So we decided to go back up 47, since the road was so nice.

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That's a good loop! The section from Mist to Clatskanie is among my favorites anywhere. I hit that a couple weeks ago though I got to Vernonia via Timber Rd. I happened upon the Quincy/Mayger/Alston route by chance, then went south on Apiary/Meissner/Canaan Roads and then took Rocky Point to Skyline. My intention was to catch a Pic at the Skyline Restaurant for Photo Tag but Skyline Blvd was closed a couple miles from the restaurant and I was low on time so had to skip it.
How's Timber Road currently looking? I haven't been on it since last summer, and was wondering what it's current conditions were. I also like the Apiary/Meissner/Canaan "Twisty Detour". I just don't get enough of an opportunity to take it more often. As most of the folks I ride with are from the Vancouver area, we usually cross into Washington in Longview so that they don't have to deal with rush hour traffic through Portland.
Apr 11th 2020, 10:09 AM   #5
 
  Jan 2016
  Eagle, Idaho

  '19 Goldwing DCT
I want to do a similar ride, but coming from the Boise area I would need to stay overnight someplace. I'm wondering if I could find a motel along the way that's open.
Apr 12th 2020, 06:10 AM   #6
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  Jun 2019
  West Linn

  Ducati Multistrada, KTM 300, CR500
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How's Timber Road currently looking? I haven't been on it since last summer, and was wondering what it's current conditions were. I also like the Apiary/Meissner/Canaan "Twisty Detour". I just don't get enough of an opportunity to take it more often. As most of the folks I ride with are from the Vancouver area, we usually cross into Washington in Longview so that they don't have to deal with rush hour traffic through Portland.
Timber Road was a little dirty but not too bad. I hit some really fine gravel on Meissner that reminded me that you can push the pace and take in the views, but not at the same time.
Apr 12th 2020, 07:31 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
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Originally Posted by WarpShatner7
For that leg, if I can make the timing work I like to take the good ship Oscar B from Westport to Cathlamet and then WA-4 to Longview. Spectacular river vistas on several stretches and I love the long flat curves between the cliffs and the water.

As always check the website to make sure the Ferry's running on the schedule you want. They're on reduced hours right now so midday's out.
I've never seen or heard of that little ferry ride. Going to have to take it some time when I'm down in that area for a ride.......
Thanks for sharing!
Apr 13th 2020, 10:10 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  NW Oregon

  R1200ST, CB350
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I've never seen or heard of that little ferry ride. Going to have to take it some time when I'm down in that area for a ride.......
Thanks for sharing!
My profile ("avatar") pic was taken on it. It's the finest 12-minute cruise you'll ever take. I've seldom seen more than 5 cars on it (I think the capacity is around 18) and occasionally had it to myself. You get off at sleepy little Puget Island if you're going North, and the bridge crossing on the other side to Cathlamet has great views of the cllffs. Really does break up a good ride into two good rides. Be there before :15 after the hour, it leaves on the dot.
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