Vernonia - Astoria back roads; highway 47 & 202 + ADD NEW ROUTE
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Route can start either end. One end is Astoria, Oregon at the mouth of Columbia river. Highway 202 travels inland south and east to the town of Mist, where you join Highway 47 into Vernonia....and on thru to Highway 26...where you travel in to Portland or wherever. From Astoria taking Highway 30 back to Portland makes a nice loop back to where you started at almost 150 mi round trip. This is my favorite route for a long long ride pushing corners a bit and not having to worry about people or cars.
lots of deep forest, some creeks, very little development along the route, small towns, great views and ridge top vistas, ocean views in Astoria.
lots of twisties and good pavement except in winter (gravel & a few potholes). almost no traffic or stop signs even. Note: this is a logging area and it pays to be extra careful around the corners on this road for the big trucks..
Vernonia is a great little ride destination town (Axmen site) with a couple decent eateries and a motorcycle shop (V&V leathers). Astoria has some fine eateries and museums.
Nickname (optional) : Tallannie