DAY 01: August 26, 2011 (Friday)
Florence, Oregon to Scottsburg, Oregon: 38 miles (38 thus far)
Met Glen Aldridge (from British Columbia, Canada) and Gary Bunting (from Alta Loma, California) at Bicycles 101 shop at 8th Street & Highway 101 in Florence at 7:30 AM. Local riding buddy Matt Jensen joined us for first 20 miles of journey to Reedsport, Oregon. Departed at 8:00 AM sharp. Met Paula and Beth Brown on Highway 101, who were touring part of state on conventional bicycles. Ate lunch at Matt’s favorite taco hut in Reedsport. Approached by Mexican-American lady with strong accent who informed us in great detail of our need to accept Jesus as our deity. Saw elk herd at Dean Creek Elk Viewpoint on Umpqua River (Highway 38). Pleasant cool ride under morning coastal fog and afternoon mountain canyon shade. Pitched tents on side lawn of Scottsburg Historical Society building. Met Rex Harrison, recently released from state mental hospital, who was touring state on his bicycle. Rex camped on lawn with us.