Day 1 - Astoria to St Helens OR
Mileage: 81 miles
Weather: Cloudy and low 50s to start. Sunny and low 60s to end. Winds were mostly non-existent.
Highlights of the day:
Our day started bright and early with the first luggage load followed by the obligatory group photo along the Columbia River. It was a damp but nothing to get in the way of us using the Astoria-Megler Bridge as a backdrop to our AbB jersey clad riders. It was a bit dristy or mizzley (depending upon one’s interpretation) a few times early in the ride but nothing to dampen this group’s enthusiasm or mood. Precipitation of any kind ceased after the first SAG and we were left to enjoy a climbing day with dry roads, moderately cool temperatures, and calm winds.
Our route took us inland, off the main highways in favor of some truly lovely quieter 2-lane roads through the Oregon coastal forests. The road conditions were great, mostly smooth surfaces with very few potholes. The traffic was sparse with only a few trucks (logging and otherwise) and some cars. We did have some climbs to challenge us but those also came with some pretty amazing non-technical descents. The riders even applauded the route this evening. I wonder if we’ve set the bar a little too high? 😬
The excitement of Day 1, combined with the mileage and climbing, made for a group of rather hungry and tired cyclists. We worked on the hungry part with our first pizza/pasta party this evening. It was a nice way to end the first day of riding with our newly formed cycling family. We’ll work on the tired part with a well-earned night of sleep.