The northern coast of Oregon is as excellent for bicycle touring as it is for sightseeing. The Oregon Coast Bicycle Route starts high above the Columbia River on the Astoria Bridge and follows US 101 from the state border through farm country, past historical landmarks, to the wild and scenic coast. Although the ride is short, you can easily spend 2 days here checking out all the side trips and exploring the many state parks. The first side trip is into Astoria, where a collection of photographs and memorabilia at the Maritime Museum depicts the colorful marine history of the Oregon Coast, with emphasis on the problems caused by the turbulent entrance to the Columbia River. The Lewis and Clark Expedition ended its westward journey near Astoria in November 1805. A couple of the expedition members spent the winter boiling sea water for salt at a place that is now called Seaside, while the main body of the expedition took shelter from the damp weather at Fort Clatsop. The second side trip leads to a national memorial at the site of the rebuilt fort.
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