It was the start of a hot day when we left Venita, Oregon on our way to Coos Bay, on the coast, a distance of 117 miles. Traveling at an average speed of 15 – 20 mph it will be a long day. We were glad to be leaving the heat behind as we headed into the surrounding forest:
Here is our group before leaving Venita
Our speeder – my husband, Rod was a reserve police officer several years ago so decided to make his speeder into a police car (in case you wonder about the handcuffs in some of the other pictures from inside the car)…
Someone on the excursion had a friend who was an artist and made this model of his speeder
The mandatory safety meeting we have before every run. We are told what to expect along the way and what possible safety concerns to watch for. Notice everyone is wearing safety vests and boots, also required in order to participate
We finally get on our way
Our first bridge – there were a lot more to come …
Entering a tunnel – there were 9 tunnels on this trip
Another bridge, this one was over a lot more water
Maggie settling in for the day
A lot of beautiful scenery along the way
Starting to near the coast, you can see the larger boats at the dock
Sand dunes coming down to the water
Unfortunately the wind had blown the sand onto the tracks making for a more treacherous crossing
Approaching the railroad bridge that crosses the bay
We had to wait for a tugboat to come and turn the railroad bridge to be able to go across
It was a long wait
A nice looking bridge across the bay
Finally the tugboat arrives ….
… and the process of turning the bridge begins
We make our way across…
… and arrive at our overnight destination, the Red Lion motel in Coos Bay
Waiting for mom…
Our group across the street from the motel. We had to dash across the highway with our luggage – does anyone remember the old video game “Frogger”????
Going through the town of Coos Bay
Heading back home, Heidi and Maggie already tired from the trip
Some local wildlife
Water lilies almost covering this lake
Going through a rail yard
More to see
These pretty flowers are actually considered to be weeds – they sure aren’t the ugly kind we have in our yard at home
Another long bridge
Maggie is tired out!
My first “selfie”. The headphones are to protect my hearing and also so Rod and I can talk while we are riding on the rails. Every car has a radio and the excursion coordinator gives warnings and instructions while we are traveling that we hear through the headphones also.
Arriving at the little town of Mapleton for an ice-cream stop near the end of our trip. I couldn’t believe what was waiting – the same red bus we saw on our way to Montana!
…(remember the pink flamingo on the front?) This time the owner was selling fish…
I hope you enjoyed our latest speeder adventure. We don’t have any more planned for awhile and are ready to finally be home and back to our more normal life.
For those of you who didn’t read my blog about this unusual hobby, here is a link:
… and if you would like more information on the hobby in general, here is a link to the website for the national club: