Our First Rest Day
Sunday, July 18, 2021

By Tim and Mindy Garvin-Leighton

Our first rest day after eight straight days of cycling is in the booming metropolis of Port Orford, OR. Population 954 as of 2019. We began the day worshipping with the wonderful folks of Port Orford Christian Center. The pastor reminded us that the church runs, or in our case rides, on the love Christ for all. A number of folks headed to The Crazy Norwegian for clam chowder, fish and chips, shakes and Marionberry Pie. The marionberry was developed by the US Dept. of Agricultural researcher George F. Waldo in the 1940s at Oregon State University. It is a cross between the Olallie berry and a high producing Chehalem berry.

If you are an art lover, you don’t want to miss out on a visit Hawthorne Gallery. The gallery has original works of art from local artist. You’ll find blown glass jelly fish, driftwood sculptures, paintings, metal sculptures, hand painted glass vases, and 22 kart gold jewelry. Behind the gallery is the Redfin restaurant, which has an outdoor deck overlooking Battle Rock Wayside Park, a beautiful stretch of beach with a natural rock outcropping that can be hiked at low tide. 

You can arrange with a local fishing boat to purchase fresh crab, caught daily, for dinner. Head down to the docks the afternoon you arrive in town and speak with one of the boat captains to purchase some of the next day’s crab catch. The boat will depart the following day at 4:30ish in the morning and return around 2 pm with your fresh crab. Set your large cooking pot on the stove heat some water or beer, put some rocks or a basket with legs in the pot to create a steamer so you can capture the full taste of your fresh caught crab! Bon Appetit.

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