Leaving Sunset Bay State Park, the route heads away from the coast and climbs to the ridge tops to catch sweeping views of Oregon’s coastal forest and South Slough Estuary. The tranquility of the ridge crest is followed by a screaming descent back to sea level, where the route returns to US 101 after 18.9 peaceful miles—but not for long.
The bike route sticks with US 101 for just 2.7 miles before heading off again, this time for a tour along a spectacular section of sea stack–dotted coast at Bandon. Overlooks, state parks, and numerous access points to this unusual beach tempt riders to abandon their journey and explore. Beyond Bandon, the bike route returns to US 101 and follows it over rolling, grassy hills miles inland from the coast.
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