Originally Posted by lynnef
The Little Nestucca (just south of Brooten Rd out of Pacific City) is a beautiful way over the Coast Range. It runs into some other (more important) road, which drops you into Grand Ronde. An annoying stretch heading east on whatever that highway is, then turn right onto quiet and scenic Little Yamhill River Road (past the casino a bit), which will take you into Willamina.
This does look like a great route, and its my most likely route if I stick to 40-50 mile days before turning east. On the other hand, if I'm enjoying the miles, I'm thinking I might make it all the way down to Waldport, or at least to Beverly Beach, and would need to look at other routes east.
I'm going to listen to my body and see how it goes. I've put in several centuries this summer, and was doing about 250 miles a week through mid-July. Since then I've only been putting in about 100-150 a week. It'll be interesting to see what my body feels like in September. It's always nice to have options, and we're blessed with a lot of 'em out here!