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Ghosts of the Oregon Coast - Sport Touring Adventure Photo Gallery
The Oregon coast is rife with beautiful bridges, like the Conde B. McCullough bridge that sits in the background. The four sport-tourers in the foreground ain't too hard on the eyes, either.
With three days to spare and the Pacific Ocean calling our name, we ventured up the scenic and rugged Oregon Coast from Brookings to Astoria chasing spectral legends. Be sure to read our motorcycle travel story,
Ghosts of the Oregon Ghost
Lighthouses have long been beacons of hope for wayward sailors off the treacherous waters of the Oregon coast.
You can almost smell the salty sea breeze!
Newport's Bayfront District is full of colorful murals with nautical themes like this depiction of the 'Old Man and the Sea.'
If you're going to be traveling along the Oregon coast, rain gear is a must. Just ask our riding buddy Don.
Sunsets on the coast can take your breath away.
We stopped for a photo op at Brookings Harbor, which may be small but is still a hotbed for Chinook salmon fisherman.
Mo's Restaurant, with multiple locations on the Oregon coast, is famous for its clam chowder and serves a mean seafood platter as well.
All lined up and ready to go. We headed for a three-day trip up the coast on the Triumph ST, Kawasaki Concours, BMW K1300GT, and Yamaha FJR1300.
The lookout around the corner from the Sea Lion Caves offers the first views of Heceta Head Lighthouse.
Oops! Not all is well in paradise. Seems like some disgruntled cagers called in our band of sport-touring hooligans.
It looks like a lighthouse, but this is actually a visitor's center styled after the stalwart coastal monument.
Bart takes a break to take in the beauty of the Oregon coast.
The Oregon Dunes is an off-roader's paradise. Too bad they don't make sport-touring paddle wheels.
Sea Lion Caves is billed as the 'World's Largest Sea Cave' and is home to hundreds of Stellar Sea Lions at any given time.
Oh no! Now even motorcyclists are tree-huggers.
Fishing boats bob in Newport Harbor.
If you're in Tillamook, OR, a stop at the Tillamook Cheese Factory is a must. Nibble on free samples then be sure to purchase a scoop of the best ice cream I've ever had.
The lighthouses of the Oregon coast are rife with otherworldly lore.
With powerful bikes like the 2009 BMW K1300GT at our disposal, navigating the single-lane stretches that parallel the coast was no problem.
There's nothing better than a hearty lumberjack-style breakfast at Taylor's Country Sausage in Cave Junction to power up a group of hungry bikers.
Sea lions congregate on a beach below Heceta Head Lighthouse.
Sport-touring motorcycles are the perfect vehicles to tackle the roads of the Oregon coast.
I spend a moment reflecting on our day of riding while taking in the beauty of the Yaquina Bridge and Newport Harbor.
Some of the redwoods in the old-growth stands on Hwy 199 leading to the coast are old enough to see the rise and fall of civilizations.
Heceta Head Lighthouse is said to be the most photographed lighthouse in the United States. It's also home to the infamous'Lady in Gray.'
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