Day 1: Astoria to St Helens, OR
Cycling Date: Monday 16-June-14
Mileage: 68.9 miles
Weather: Wet. Decidedly wet. Mid to upper 50s. Occasional rain showers with scattered drizzle. Wet.
Highlights of the day:
Our day started with the first luggage load. We usual do the obligatory group photo along the Columbia River but as I said above, it was wet. We will get a group photo soon. I compensated by posting lots of pictures today.
Today’s route was designed for the directionally challenged. Or at least those who might have issues deciphering a cue sheet. Turn left out of the hotel on to Route 30. Ride 68 miles. Turn right into the hotel. In between, the riders were treated to lush forested hills and occasional glimpses of the Columbia River.
While the navigation was very simple, the profile of today’s route included several hills to challenge the riders’ legs. But with most uphill efforts, there are frequently downhill rewards. Riders were treated to least three long, non-technical downhills. I saw some big smiles at the second SAG stop after the longest descent of the day.
After our second SAG stop, the route turned south and flattened out a bit. The last 20 miles made for a relatively quick run into Saint Helens. We have our first pizza/pasta party this evening. It will be a nice way to end our first day of riding with our newly formed cycling family.