After a great night in charming Rockaway Beach, we continued heading south down Oregon Coastal Highway 101 the following morning. The rocky beach views were as dramatic as the day before, requiring several photo stops. Again there was sea fog hanging low over the beaches, so if the photos look a bit smudged, that's what you're seeing.
Highway 101 is a designated bike route, and we passed many touring cyclists riding the coastline. Most of the towns along the way have nice shoulders and/or bike lanes. These cyclists weren't loaded down with panniers like touring cyclists so were just out for a nice recreational ride in Newport.
We had hoped to stop at Rogue Brewery in Newport for lunch, but there were no shady places to park, and with Paisley in the car, that wasn't going to work. So we kept heading south and eventually hit upon a seafood place right on the water in Florence where dogs were welcome on the deck. Score!
Paisley was intrigued by the occasional pigeon on the deck and wanted to go hunting! Just look at those eyes cutting over to her "prey"!
In addition to being dog friendly, the restaurant had a great setting with a view of the marina.
We had yummy sandwiches (grilled fish for Barry, shrimp salad for me), accompanied by healthy salads with their homemade blackberry vinaigrette dressing. Delish!
After an excellent late lunch, we finally turned east away from the coast and drove the final miles to our destination for the next few days. Much more coming from Eugene!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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