Phase Two

Trip Start Jun 02, 2013
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Trip End Aug 30, 2013


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Flag of United States  , Oregon
Friday, July 12, 2013


"Phase One complete Captain, where shall I point the Star Ship Enterprise now?"
 
"North Scotty. North."
 
"Aye Aye Captain. North it is, warp factor seven Uhurah"
 
As beautiful as this coastline is why is it so bleedin cold?
 
Call me old fashioned but at home, when it is cloudy and raining, it is cold. That's the way it is.

When the sun come out it is warm or even hot.
 
We have clear blue skies here, the sun is Harry Flatters and is freezing cold. I had to empty my luggage on the side of the road and find clothes I wondered why I had bothered carrying 6000 miles.
 
All of you guys who see pictures of Oregon and want to live here, think again. Pretty it is. Warm it ain't.
 
I asked some locals and they said "you should come in the autumn, it is lovely"
 
My answer was "well I've come in the bloody summer and excuse me but given the sunshine I was sort of thinking it might be warm."
 
But pretty it is.
 
Dunes and beaches. Yes, given my recent history, I have stayed away from both.
 
Had enough of the freezing 40mph wind and gave up in Newport. A very pretty place.
 
When I said, but 24 hours ago, we had never stayed in a less the clean and tidy motel, I peaked too soon (not for the first time, I might add). It is Friday night (I think) and the tourists think it is summer, so all the motels are busy. 

I picked one and it is shocking. I moved room twice to upgrade to one that smells of smoke, sweat and is dirty without a working shower. 
 
Result.
 
However, great evening in the local micro brewery who is holding a national summer?? sales conference in their head office/bar in town.
 
The best oysters I have ever had (boiled in their own beer, shucked (Google it)) then served in melted butter. 

 Astonishing.

This is a proper working and profitable port. 250 boats ply their trade here picking up salmon to oysters. Along the front are processors and the fishermen sell straight from the trawlers to the public.

The restaurants buy directly from the boats and the place is full of trucks shipping fresh fish all around the country.

A lesson in how to do it right.

 
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