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Bike Ride Guide By Tom Baake
Oregon South Coast Bike Ride GuideExcerpt:
Bandon
Use beautiful Bandon as a jumping-off point for some nifty in-town rides as well as forays into the surrounding countryside. You can go from stunning ocean vistas to quiet back roads, even check out some cranberry boTake advantage of our special gift offer!
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Road rides
Beach Loop/Rosa Road Tour
Location:  Bandon.
Facilities/Etc.:  Full services in Bandon; restrooms at South Jetty, Face Rock and Bandon State Park on Beach Loop Drive.
Length:  About 11.5 miles, plus scenic area stops.
Elevations: Range from 80 ft. to 130 ft.
Rating:  Easy to moderate, with a couple of small hills.
Precautions:  Narrow roads with no shoulders. Be alert for traffic. Use caution along US 101.
Discussion:  This might be the perfect trek, since it takes you from bustling Old Town Bandon up to some of the most beautiful viewpoints on the Oregon coast and out in the countryside past colorful cranberry bogs. Part of the trip briefly goes along US 101 and Oregon Coast Bike Route. Best of all, it’s a loop!
Directions:  From the waterfront in Old Town Bandon, head west on 1st St. SW. At 0.3 mile is a junction. You can go west for an out-and-back ride to the South Jetty, adding a 0.6 mile roundtrip to this trek. Otherwise head up the hill on Edison St. and at the next intersection turn west on 4th St. SW, which becomes Ocean Drive, 7th St. SW and finally Beach Loop Drive. The road swings south. At 1.4 miles at the intersection with 11th SW you can go one block west to the first of several scenic viewpoints. Continuing on Beach Loop Rd., scenic overlooks can be found at Face Rock State Park (2 miles), and at Devil’s Kitchen (3.5 miles), and China Creek (4.2 miles). The road turns east, traverses a mighty dip and reaches US 101 at 5.2 miles.
Turn south on US 101 and at 6 miles turn east on Twomile Rd. Follow it to a “T” intersection with Rosa Rd. at 6.5 miles and turn north. The road wanders through the countryside, passing cranberry bogs and residences. At 10.6 miles at a “T” intersection with 11th St. turn west and follow it to US 101 at about 11 miles. Turn north to return to Old Town at 11.5 miles.
North Bank Lane
Location:  2 miles north of Bandon.
Facilities/Etc.:  Full services in Bandon and Coquille; vault toilet at Rocky Point County Park.
Length:  36 miles round trip.
Elevations:  25 ft. to 35 ft.
Rating:  Easy.
Precautions:  Be alert for traffic. Narrow road with no shoulders.
Discussion:  This quiet byway just north of Bandon follows the Coquille River for 18 miles through pasturelands and ranches before connecting with Highway 42 about 5 miles west of Coquille. Compared with busy Highway 42 S on the river’s south bank, North Bank Lane is sparsely traveled, but you should always be alert for vehicles.
Once at Highway 42, it is possible to make a loop with a return on Highway 42 S, but it’s a dangerous road and even local riders don’t advise the trip except perhaps in early morning on weekends. Best to make an out-and-back trek on North Bank Lane.
Directions:  From 1st St. SE on the waterfront in Old Town Bandon, go east to Fillmore Ave. SE and turn north. It soon becomes Riverside Drive. The shoreline is part of Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, with an overlook along the way. After about 1.5 miles the road meets US 101. Turn north and cross Coquille River Bridge. Just past the bridge, turn east on North Bank Lane. Here, too, the river’s edge is Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, with another interpretive overlook en route. Rocky Point County Park is just over 1 mile and offers a nice stop, with picnic tables and vault toilet. There are some briefs rises and dips along the road, but otherwise it’s mellow. A couple of deadend side roads along the route offer potential scenic detours. Once at Highway 42 (or anytime, actually) turn around and retrace your route to Bandon.
(Bonus ride:  Add a visit to Bullards Beach State Park, just north of North Bank Lane. Ride the paved road out and back to beaches and the historic Coquille River Lighthouse for a 6-mile roundtrip from US 101.)
 

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