San Francisco to Portland, 2005


California Flag

The Golden State

Oregon Flag

The Beaver State

After arriving in San Francisco Airport, I took the BART to the Civic Center and began my bike ride. Although it was sunny in downtown San Francisco, the harbor was foggy, and I could just see the two towers of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was pretty easy to ride across the bridge once I found the approach in the fog. Another bike rider heading north who I met on the bridge guided me about ten miles beyond the bridge.

The Redwood Forest in northern California and the Oregon coast were the highlights of this trip. My only hotel reservation was the first night in Bodega Bay. I liked the flexibility and adapted my itinerary based on weather and opportunities for sightseeing. I planned this trip so that I would arrive in Portland for a nephew’s wedding on Memorial Day weekend. My eleven day bike ride up the coast from San Francisco was fun to talk about that weekend.

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Day Itinerary Miles
1 San Francisco, CA to Bodega Bay, CA 70
2 Bodega Bay, CA to Point Arena, CA 68
3 Point Arena, CA to Fort Bragg, CA 52
4 Fort Bragg, CA to Leggett, CA 45
5 Legett, CA to Arcata, CA 104
6 Arcata, CA to Crescent City, CA 79
7 Crescent City, CA to Gold Beach, OR 61
8 Gold Beach, OR to Coos Bay, OR 86
9 Coos Bay, OR to Florence, OR 57
10 Florence, OR to Newport, OR 53
11 Newport, OR to Lincoln City, OR 25
12 Lincoln City, OR to Portland, OR 100

Northern California

  • It was hard to find the Golden Gate Bridge in the fog. When I asked two other bikers, they said they were also looking for the bridge and they were from Germany.
  • Sonoma Coast Beach, north end
  • In Port Arena, this fellow sniffed my bike bags, and I went inside for a delicious breakfast of French toast stuffed with strawberries, blackberries, and lingonberries.
  • Mendocino has many cafés, galleries, and vintage homes like this one.
  • Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park was the highlight of this trip!
  • A drive through Redwood!
  • A fallen giant
  • Avenue of the Giants

Oregon Coast

  • According to a sign, the 345 foot high Thomas Creek Bridge is the highest bridge in Oregon.
  • My first sighting of a tsunami hazard sign
  • This bridge in Gold Beach was built during the 1930's.
  • US 101 South of Coos Bay
  • Distant view of Heceta Head Lighthouse
  • The big bridge in Newport
  • Low tide near the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Many tiny sea creatures can be seen in the tidal pools at low tide.
  • Oregon coast between Newport and Lincoln City

Portland Area

  • The day after I arrived in Portland, my cousin Hal and I went for a bike ride along the Willamette River in Portland.
  • Multnomah Falls, in the Columbia River Gorge east of Portland, is Oregon’s tallest waterfall. The combined height of the upper and lower falls is 620 feet.
  • George and Yvonne hiking near Multnomah Falls