Thursday, September 1, 2011

Day 13 - Sammamish, WA to Florence, OR

After a wonderful breakfast (thanks Tara!) we headed towards Florence, OR. The weather in Sammamish was in the 50's but clear. As we headed towards the coast, the morning fog burned off and we had beautiful, sunny skies for our 357 mile ride.
We got onto the 101 and followed it south along the coast. The coastline is beautiful with lots of trees, cliffs and beautiful scenery. We rode across the Astoria Bridge which separates Washington from Oregon. We has to stop for road construction, so I was able to get a picture of the bridge. The speed limit in Oregon is 55 (what is up with that??!!) and through the many, many towns we rode through on the coast, the speed limits are 25 or 35 mph. So, while the scenery was beautiful, we were growing tired of the stop and go traffic.
We're staying in the town of Florence, OR which is a cute little town. Unfortunately, we got here so late, we didn't get to see much of the town. Our room overlooks the Siuslaw River and there is a cool drawbridge that we can see from our room. We ate at Bliss' Hot Rod Diner. Great food, good prices & quick service. The interior of the diner was car-themed. There were a couple of cars inside that had been made into dining tables. Lots of pictures on the walls of hot rods owned by locals and automobilia signs. Just the right kind of place for Jeff & me to eat!

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