Ave Speed (mph) = 8.8
Max Speed (mph) = 22.4
Time (h:m) = 4:35
101 S, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach, Garibaldi, Tillamook, 131, Camp Lookout
Left camp at 7:30 in the morning with overcast skies, land fog, and drizzle. Went past the Nehalem Winery turn off and arrived in Wheeler looking for coffee and WiFi. Stopped at the Wheeler Marina and asked the young fisherman finishing his smoke, "Does the cafe have WiFi?" He responded, "No, what do you need WiFi for?" I did not know quite how to answer that. He was incredulous about my bike trip, saying why would anyone want to do that.
A block further down 101 in this small town, I spotted the Old Wheeler Hotel with bottom floor housing The Roost Cafe, with a definite chicken/hen team. It looked like a mother and two daughters operation but I was not sure. The hotel with eight rooms was one hundred years old. The cafe which offers espresso drinks and light food fare opened just a month ago. I ordered a latte and a breakfast sandwich consisting of egg, sausage and Havarti cheese on a toasted English muffin ... both were good. I did some Internet work and wished the latest entrepreneurs of Wheeler success in their business.
Kelly's Brighton Marina and RV Park, a few miles south of Wheeler, looked interesting and I pulled off 101 for a closer look. It was immediately evident that this little marina is for people who love to crab.
The road South of Wheeler became rougher with small to moderate shoulders which were sometimes very bumpy. Caution is advised. Amtrak's rail line parallels 101 for many miles in this section of Oregon.
Further down 101, I stopped at Rockaway Beach, a small town of 1,000, to observe their annual arts and crafts festival and talked with some of the locals about my trip who showed interest.
At Garibaldi which was an active lumber town at one time, I diverted from 101 to check out the Port of Garibaldi which berthed many fishing boats and was home to several small canneries and fishing charter companies. I had a quick clam chowder lunch at one of the port's eateries before hitting the road again.
When I arrived in Tillamook, I was going to visit the giant Tillamook cheese and dairy operation but the big tourist crowd gathered outside discouraged me from spending any time there.
In the downtown area, I turned off from 101 to 131 which was billed as the 14 mile "three capes scenic road" to Camp Lookout State Park. The traffic was light, mostly, but the road had no shoulders. Before the biker can enjoy the promised scenery, there is a killer two-mile fairly steep uphill climb. But what goes up, must come down. The last miles to Camp Lookout were spectacular on a road that hugs the bay with beautiful vistas of the trees and mountains in the background.
On the way, I stopped to check out at the small Cape Lookout Bed and Breakfast which has been in operation for three years. The proprietors, Jim and Katie Angerman, operate their B&B on a two-acre spread on Whiskey Creek Road about three miles from Camp Lookout. Two rooms are available to guests with breakfast included in very pleasant and serene surroundings. Jim gave me a quick tour of the grounds. Although I did not stay there, it is worth a look for a romantic getaway near various ocean attractions.
Finally arrived at Camp Lookout and after checking in was directed to the biker camping area. Six of the tent sites were occupied by singles and couples. The Pacific ocean surf was thundering just beyond the bushes. The camp is popular with bikers coming from Portland for a weekend trip.