If you want to cycle the full length of the coast, fly into Portland and ride to Astoria. (Unpack your bike and take it on the MAX train if you don’t want to ride from the airport into town.) It’s a little harder to figure out how to end your trip, as public transportation is rather limited on the southern Oregon coast. Consider riding about 25 miles into California, where you’ll find Greyhound service in Crescent City.
On Oregon’s roads and highways, bicyclists have the right of way, which means that cars and trucks are not supposed to run you off the road. Most drivers will give you a wide berth and slow down if necessary in tight spots, but remember that there are also motorists whose concepts of etiquette vis-à-vis cyclists were formulated elsewhere. Play it safe: Always wear a helmet and bright or reflective clothing, keep as close to the shoulder of the road as you safely can, and use a light if you must ride at night.
Several companies offer preplanned group bicycle trips, with everything from the bicycle to the meals and lodging included. Bicycle Adventures (206/786-0989 or 800/443-6060, $2,745 for a six-day trip with hotel accommodations). The Adventure Cycling Association (800/755-2453, $1,150) runs a week-long tour starting in Eugene and cutting over through Corvallis to Lincoln City, traveling down the coast to Florence, and then riding back to Eugene; accommodations are in campgrounds, but the tour is fully supported, with gear hauled in a van.
Excerpted from the Fifth Edition of Moon Coastal Oregon.