The beach walk in Lincoln City is nice but heading south from there is another long road walk. I was getting sick of road walks.
So for a couple bucks I rode the bus south to Beverly Beach State Park. From there I had had an over cast and drizzly morning on my long beach walk into Newport. I reached Newport so far ahead of schedule that I had plenty of time to kill shopping for used books and picking up tent stakes for my tarp. I had a decent Mexican food lunch and more than a few margharits after resupply and took my time hiking out across the Yaquina Bay Bridge.
South Beach State Park has a great hiker biker camp and some very friendly and helpfull park rangers. I appreciate Oregon more and more everyday. There was another hiker there who was taking his time on the Oregon Coast Trail. Besides stealth camping he was maxing out his time in each of the hiker biker camps, usually three nights at a time, before moving on. His pack was also about three times the size and weight of mine so I didn’t blame him. A few touring cyclists even showed up and it was nice to talk to fellow travelers.
In the morning it was raining, hard on the beach and windy but not so much just a little bit inland, on the 101. Still, I followed the beach south, holding my umbrella up in front of me like a shield to stop the majority of the wind and rain but that made hiking slow. After more than a few miles of that I hid out in a shallow cave, out of the rain, and ate some peanut butter M&M’s, truly loving life. I was wet, I was cold, but damn if this wasn’t the best.
Crossing back onto 101 after Ona Beach State Park I was amazed at the difference in the wind and rain as compared to the beach. The cars passing me by had no idea what I had just been through.
The walk into Waldport, across the Alsea Bay Bridge though managed to render my umbrella useless. It was crushed under the wind gusts and I was forced to walk sideways the entire length of the bridge.
I soaked and tired and though Beachside State Recreation Area had a hiker biker camp the very helpful lady at the Waldport visitors center helped me locate the cheapest hotel room in town. It was just a little further south than Beachside, but totally walkable.
Passing Beachside I felt guilty for not saving the money and toughing it out in the rain, but hey, sometimes it’s nice to splurge.