We left Neah Bay Monday morning, bound for the first leg of the Big Adventure. Headed for Astoria, OR, 145 miles away, we were cautious and excited. The Washington & Oregon coast is reported to be a wild and woolly place, and while we had a great weather forecast (20 kts from behind, and 5-6 foot seas), we were still apprehensive.
We motorsailed past Cape Flattery, taking in the awesome view of the rocks as we went past at 7 knots. Unfortunately, that was the best wind we had for the whole 29 hour trip, as we ended up motoring the whole way.
We needed to get to the mouth of the Columbia River by about noon the next day, in order to catch the flood over the notorious Columbia River Bar. We did get there in time, and while the bar conditions were calm, we did almost the whole thing in thick fog. We were very grateful for the radar and GPS chartplotter.
We pulled into the west boat basin in Astoria, where we were pleasantly surprised to be charged only $20/night, with all you can eat showers included.
We had a nice early supper at the Cafe Uniontown, then happily slept for 12 hours.