From Big Elk Campground it's 19 miles of gravel road to Elk City. There had been log trucks going by yesterday and this morning so I was a bit concerned. Turns out they were coming in from another road just a mile up the road and I never had to encounter one. In fact I only saw about 3 vehicles the whole way to Elk City. The road was in good shape with none of the washboard I experienced last year when I rode it. It was a very quiet still morning.
Stopped for a quick snack at Elk City and then stoppend for anothe snack at the boat launch just before Toledo. This is where I get cell service again so I had to check in. Stopped for esspresso in Toledo but it didn't do much for me.
Stopped at the Sail Inn Cafe for lunch. I ate here recently and it was very good and much cheaper than everything else on the bay front. The sun was now out and I had made it across the mountains. Time for a beer. I had a very tasty lunch of fish tacos and then chatted with the Thai lady that owns the place for a while. Then a liesurly ride through Newport, avoiding the main drag, before heading out to Beverly Beach.