Road Trip North - Oregon Coast
Trip Start Nov 04, 2012
12Trip End Jan 02, 2013
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With weather warnings on the TV we thought it might be a good idea to see what the local Avis agent at Arcata Airport thought about our suspect tyres. Couldn't believe the contrast in customer service from San Francisco. These guys were horrified by our experience at SF and the condition of the tyres, and we were very happy to drive away with a near new Ford Edge (territory) AWD with all bells and whistles. Thanks Tori & Kelly, you restored our faith in humanity!
Before we knew it, we had crossed the Oregon state line. The scenery is amazing; the road is forest lined and windy and frequently opens out to steep cliffs and a wild and rugged coastline
Overnight stays have been in dated but comfortable hotels $55 -$80 a night with a light breakfast.
Monday 12th was at Coos Bay. Even the hotel proprietor told us "there's nothing here!". But driving out, we found the rotting docks & red roofed fishing shed - one of my fave photos.
Along the way we found a cute little village - Florence. Good shopping. Dropped in on a friend of a friend working in a coffee shop to suprise her with a message from him - funny.
Our last night of the road trip was Tuesday 13th at Tillamook on the coast two hours from Portland.
The drive across to Portland was scenically beautiful, running river by the road, continuous rapids, Autumn (Fall) leaves everywhere and lots of mist, had to be early to get the car by 10am to Portland airport. Done! Expected trouble with Avis, but simple and good. Turns out Avis -San Fran are the only fiends!