That’s right, for the first time in over five years, I did a chowder run from Bend to the coast and back this year. Twice. Both times I did the run on the Concours–a bike that doesn’t seem to come into its own until you’ve been on the road for a couple of hours and you’re free of the hustle and bustle cities bring.
The first Chowder run saw me over to Lincoln City, having lunch at Moe’s in under four hours. I’m not sure just how I managed to get over there so quickly–it didn’t feel like I was riding that fast, but I didn’t hit much traffic or construction and I’m sure that had a lot to do with it.
The second trip over the hill took a lot longer. I went a different route–through Eugene to Florence–that I hadn’t done before, but also encountered a lot of slow traffic and a fair amount of construction. Took over five hours to get me seated at Moe’s in Newport for chowder that time. One of the highlights was the ride up from Florence through Waldport…formerly the farthest south I’d ridden on the coast. The views from the highway just north of Florence are truly amazing.
A major bummer happened after the second trip though. Those stupid post-concussive symptoms have returned. I’ve been dealing with them now for a couple of days and they’re the worst I’ve had for a couple of years easily. Lesson learned: no more touring rides for a another few years. As I post this, the Connie is up on CraigsList for $6000. If you know anyone interested, send them my way.