Wednesday, July 27, 2005


To Trinidad Bay, CA for breakfast at the Eatery & Gallery, a contender for the best breakfast (both food and service categories) on tour. Just one more coffee before driving down to the harbour. The coast up here is more scenic than down south with many rocky outcrops and rolling breakers. In northern California and Oregon there are plenty of hitchikers, not seen in other parts.
We stop to see a bull elk, with big antlers, and then we come across the herd crossing the highway. We are shortly back among the redwoods, miles of spectacular trees. We leave California at 11:30 and step up our search for a library to blog - budget cuts in the Golden State mean that a library that is open is a rare find. We make a pit stop at Brookings Harbor - the smart curious begin to cluster - and a woman rushes up to award us a free ice-cream in a promotion for a bank. On to Coos Bay and a couple in Safeway car park direct us out to a municipal campsite at Bastendorff Beach, $16 for the night. The wind is chilly off the Pacific and we are glad that we are in a pine forest.
To the Kozy Kitchen Family Restaurant in North Bend for breakfast - at $10.90 for two a bargain. "Concrete & Clay" by Unit 4+2 is playing in the cafe. We leave the coast at Reedsport and follow the Umpqua River to Drain, OR where they have a splendid new library. We pass a gaggle of original minis out on a road cruise, a moke among them.
Coming events: Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire are playing the Rose Garden in Portland on August 30th. Shanana are at Mills Casino, Coos Bay, OR on 16 September.

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