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Old 08-25-2008, 11:35 AM
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Default Mid-Valley Coast Routes

I'm going to do an unsupported doorstep-to-doorstep tour of the North-Oregon Coastline in the second week of September. I've got the route out determined (Beaverton/Banks/Vernonia/Jewell/Astoria), but I'm not sure where I'll be cutting back over to the Willamette Valley. Depending on how much mileage I feel like putting in, I'll be crossing somewhere between Pacific City and Reedsport. Has anybody taken Hwys. 20 or 34 across to Corvallis before? Any word on their suitability for touring?
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Old 08-25-2008, 12:22 PM
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I wouldn't take Highway 20 over the coast range. Very busy and no shoulder for a lot of it.

This spring, I got a chance to ride Logsden Road in from the coast, and it was fantastic. It starts in Siletz, which you can get to either by going north from Toledo or south from Lincoln City. We went along the Siletz River, from Lincoln City, and it's a great road.

Logsden Road itself goes through Logsden to Nashville, where it connects to 180, which goes through Summit to Blodgett. In Blodgett you can get on Highway 20, and the shoulder is good all the way to Philomath. The back roads are very quiet and beautiful. The only issue with this route is that there's about 2 miles of gravel road over a summit just before you get to Nashville, but it's doable with 23 mm tires if you're careful.

I haven't ridden 34. It looks fantastic, though, and I've heard good things about the Alsea Scenic Byway.
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Old 08-25-2008, 01:21 PM
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You've seen this map, right?

http://www.portlandonline.com/transp...ex.cfm?c=39889
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Old 08-25-2008, 01:45 PM
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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.
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Old 08-25-2008, 02:03 PM
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Default That More Important Road...

...is SR-22, also known as "Death Alley" because its per-mile accident rate has been among the highest in the state for years. Hence Lynne's highly excellent suggestion to leap off at the first opportunity ("Little Yamhill River Road").

P.S. -- It's not clear that it's so dangerous for cyclists, but it carries too much traffic to be pleasant in any event.

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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.
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Old 08-25-2008, 03:10 PM
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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!
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Old 08-25-2008, 03:12 PM
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Yep, I've studied it and researched the campgrounds. Its a possible route if I don't go further than Pacific City. It's heading east from the Newport area that I don't have a feel for.
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Old 08-25-2008, 03:14 PM
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I wouldn't take Highway 20 over the coast range. Very busy and no shoulder for a lot of it.

This spring, I got a chance to ride Logsden Road in from the coast, and it was fantastic. It starts in Siletz, which you can get to either by going north from Toledo or south from Lincoln City. We went along the Siletz River, from Lincoln City, and it's a great road.

Logsden Road itself goes through Logsden to Nashville, where it connects to 180, which goes through Summit to Blodgett. In Blodgett you can get on Highway 20, and the shoulder is good all the way to Philomath. The back roads are very quiet and beautiful. The only issue with this route is that there's about 2 miles of gravel road over a summit just before you get to Nashville, but it's doable with 23 mm tires if you're careful.

I haven't ridden 34. It looks fantastic, though, and I've heard good things about the Alsea Scenic Byway.
Thanks, that helps fill in the map for me. I'll be riding a 90's fixed fork mountain/touring bike with 1.5" tires, so gravel is no problem.
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:20 AM
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Thumbs up Logsdon route

I'll second C-T's nomination of the Siletz-Logsdon-Nashville route as an excellent route choice. There's a county campground outside of Logsdon on the Siletz River that's quite nice, and a (small) store in Logsdon - or there was when i rode this 6 years or so ago - but that's about it form services between Siletz & the outskirts of Corvallis.

A beautiful, quiet ride, not to be missed imo.
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