36. the dune coast & Port.

We rolled 101 through the redwood national park into the beaver state. We followed the coast peeking the vistas, walking the beaches, and camping windy sea sand dunes in the nights. After 3 days, escape from the cold coastal winds lured us east on highway 18 into the farmland light hills of western Oregon. After the $5 purchase of a goat skull at a roadside folding table, we made Portland.

We met up with friends, stayed 3 nights, saw the sights, then followed the Columbia east out of the city.

Leaving Portland on 84 east made a mental knot, planted a pocket of realization in my stomach that the trip would roll to a halt sooner rather than later, that we were heading homeward.