USA Adventures of Steve & Bronni 2008 travel blog

McKenzie river

A covered bridge en-route to Roseburg


Still some brilliant colours about in this area

Rail bridge

Bridge approaching Roseburg

Bandon beach on the Pacific Ocean


Day 212 Monday 10th November Bandon OR pg 84 J1

The weather today was similar to yesterday with low cloud and rain and poor visibility which consequently influenced our route today.

On leaving McKenzie Bridge we headed west on Rte 126 to Springfield following the McKenzie River, the Blue and Deer Horn Rivers. We have been pleasantly surprised with the number of trees still with colour in these areas, there appears to be at a least a month’s difference in the Fall colours from the East to the West coasts. We then followed the Interstate 5 south to Roseburg, where we called into the Tourist Office and checked out the next leg of our journey with the nice lady. We had planned to head east, then south on a scenic Oregon Byways road which would have taken us close to Crater Lake, but we soon changed our minds as we were advised there was snow and ice on the high passes we would have travelled on. With this in mind, we headed for the west coast and highway 101.

The road from Roseburg to Bandon took us thru some beautiful forest areas of Douglas Firs. The lumber industry is a major employer in the area, with a huge saw mill and timber processing plant at Winston, and every second truck on the road was hauling logs to the timber mill.

Bandon appears to be a pleasant little seaside resort, however the town Burgers (the Major – Steve’s dictating this part) don’t want anyone camping on their foreshore and have posted “No Camping” signs everywhere. However, a couple of miles north of the town we have found an extremely good State Park which offers full hook-up facilities for only $16 per nite – a true bargain.

As we are coming to the end of our journey, it seems ironic that we started our trip heading south from San Francisco along Rte/Highway 101, and we will be finishing on the Highway 101 heading south towards San Francisco.

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