I guess it's OK, but it's not a lot of fun. Full of noise, cars, and noise. Did I mention the noise?
I take a different route to Astoria from Portland. I get to Scapoose and take the "Scaponia" Highway to Highway 47 and then go north through Mist (where I started my teaching career), Birkenfeld, Olney, and then to Astoria. Quieter and I must say the logging trucks have been very generous with their courtesy to me while biking. Pretty scenery along the way.
Originally Posted by lacorota
I'm planning a day ride --perhaps -- to Astoria next month. I haven't ridden much beyond St. Helens along hwy. 30; I've never driven that stretch either. It has a generous shoulder to St. Helens, and appearing beyond. I've "heard" the shoulder is good excepting a 4 or 5 mile stretch, and it has a serious climb along the way. So--
Is the shoulder adequate the entire distance?
What's the elevation gain for the distance?
I'm hoping it's not intentionally seeded with nails or tacks, such as I frequently find on Larch Mtn. road.
Any info. or suggestions are much appreciated!