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loggers loop (April 2023)

kaylie and i headed to the oregon coast for my birthday. i've spent a lot of time out there, but managed to not ride my bike around. the roof rack is helping change that! the week before i was finding several routes via ride with gps and even the seaside city webpage. we took on an abmbitious route, but wound up altering it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

finally gave into signing up for ridewithgps myself.

i've been giving the atlantis lots of love, and i wanted to spread that sweet sweet lovin to the rbt ¬‿¬.

i set it up with a lil front riv sack meant to the saddle and my beacon snack bag from my bois tommy and jaytee. and would ya look at that, it easily fits a mini wine bottle. needless to say french, bicycle club is back up and running.

started the route by bookin it through town. the road partially hugs some cliffs and overlooks the coast. real nice and real dicey takin photos while ridin.

hopped across the 101 and were were set to ride some gravel!

the coast tends to just kick straight up from flat, so we were forced to start climbing from the start ¯\_༼ ಥ ‿ ಥ ༽_/¯. here is me finding a hack to get my speed back after i had to dismount and take a little water break.

i managed to get my break cable dislodged. it was probably from dumbly attaching one of my saddle bag loops to my brake cable. kaylie took it as a reason to break open that wine while i fiddled around. got it back! took my own swig in celebration.

managed to rig up my new light before the ride. not that i needed it for this...

some brutal initial climbs led to some fun descents. that coastal spray led to some beautiful grass carpeted logging roads. we got a glimpse of an elk way up there too!

woops ☆☆(。_°)☆☆ be warned of random gate. i wasn't...

quickly back to bombin slippy hills (•̀ᴗ•́ ).

found ourselves in some thick mud.

french bicycle club had their coastal meeting by the wetland watching the ducks go by with some wine and cheese.

first time having to ford a creek with a bicycle slung over my shoulder. a real step up from the hike a bike. luckily wasn't too chilly of a day. here's kaylie goin for it!

we popped out at the ecola creek forest reserve trailhead.

we rode into town and finished off with some lunch beers. why can't we have little pedestrian centric shopping centers everywhere? it works in this far flung town...

here's an extra treat - dave swimming in the creek after the ride.

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