Forest Grove Oregon was the start location for this ride which is one of the most popular events on the Oregon Randonneurs schedule. 50 or so riders started in Forest Grove and headed over the coast range towards Tillamook on the coast. From there the route turned south and followed the coast south and past Cape Mears, Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda which together give the route its name.

orr-300-0413The forecast was for partly cloudy but fair weather with temps expected to be in the upper 50’s on the coast. In Oregon however you have to use the weather translator when you hear a forecast. A 30% chance of rain means it will rain on you 30 % of the time! After all, it’s more like low clouds, not really rain.

For desert rats, bicycling on the coast is an invigorating change. I had ridden some of this route before on different events and was expecting a wonderful day on the bike. I was not going to be disappointed. Oregon scenery can be spectacular and this route is no exception.

I finished the ride just after dark in 15 hours and 2 min in spite of some minor mechanical issues. Thanks ORR for another great ride!

Here is a link to the route:

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Three-Capes-300km-Brevet

Climbing over the coast range in the morning.

Climbing over the coast range in the morning.

Netarts Bay and Cape Lookout.

Netarts Bay and Cape Lookout.

Near Cape Kiwanda and Pacific City.

Near Cape Kiwanda and Pacific City.

A quick rest stop in Grand Ronde.

A quick rest stop in Grand Ronde.

Following the Little Nestucca River.

Following the Little Nestucca River.

Bringing it home through the Willamette Valley.

Bringing it home through the Willamette Valley.

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