In additionto seeing the sights, I am getting to know the geography and topography of the PacificCoast in a way that I will remember. There are so many impressions as the milesroll by; the build up of heat generated to get up thesteeper hills then the cold rush of the descent, the smooth focus in pedalingover the flats, the changing landscape of shrubs, then trees or open fields,will the next turn in the road bring a glimpse of a visual highlight?
Ormaybe it is the fleeting smell of freshly cut timber carried by the passinglogging truck that catches my attention. Should I feel guilty? Other notables includethe Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. I know I have looked at a map ofOregon but it really never sunk in how large the Dunes are until I rode throughthem.
Inever realized that the Southern Oregon coastline had so many picturesque seastacks, arches and isolated sandy coves. Because of the pace on a bike you readand think about every sign. I now know that there is a small botanical parkdedicated to the California Pitcher plant. I have found traveling state campgroundto state campground is also helping to give more awareness to the location I ampassing through. It is a wonderful way to appreciate the area’s natural beauty,learn what makes the area special and get a hot shower. I highly recommend it.