Coos Bay, OR Speeder Run - 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It was the start of a hot day when we left Venita, Oregon on our way to Coos Bay, on the coast, a distance of 117 miles. Traveling at an average speed of 15 – 20 mph it will be a long day. We were glad to be leaving the heat behind as we headed into the surrounding forest:

Here is our group before leaving Venita

Our speeder – my husband, Rod was a reserve police officer several years ago so decided to make his speeder into a police car (in case you wonder about the handcuffs in some of the other pictures from inside the car)…

Someone on the excursion had a friend who was an artist and made this model of his speeder

The mandatory safety meeting we have before every run. We are told what to expect along the way and what possible safety concerns to watch for. Notice everyone is wearing safety vests and boots, also required in order to participate

We finally get on our way

Our first bridge – there were a lot more to come …

Entering a tunnel – there were 9 tunnels on this trip

Another bridge, this one was over a lot more water

Maggie settling in for the day

A lot of beautiful scenery along the way

Starting to near the coast, you can see the larger boats at the dock

Sand dunes coming down to the water

Unfortunately the wind had blown the sand onto the tracks making for a more treacherous crossing

Approaching the railroad bridge that crosses the bay

We had to wait for a tugboat to come and turn the railroad bridge to be able to go across

It was a long wait

A nice looking bridge across the bay

Finally the tugboat arrives ….

… and the process of turning the bridge begins

We make our way across…

… and arrive at our overnight destination, the Red Lion motel in Coos Bay

Waiting for mom…

Our group across the street from the motel. We had to dash across the highway with our luggage – does anyone remember the old video game “Frogger”????

Going through the town of Coos Bay

Heading back home, Heidi and Maggie already tired from the trip

Some local wildlife

Water lilies almost covering this lake

Going through a rail yard

More to see

These pretty flowers are actually considered to be weeds – they sure aren’t the ugly kind we have in our yard at home

Another long bridge

Maggie is tired out!

My first “selfie”. The headphones are to protect my hearing and also so Rod and I can talk while we are riding on the rails. Every car has a radio and the excursion coordinator gives warnings and instructions while we are traveling that we hear through the headphones also.

Arriving at the little town of Mapleton for an ice-cream stop near the end of our trip. I couldn’t believe what was waiting – the same red bus we saw on our way to Montana!

…(remember the pink flamingo on the front?) This time the owner was selling fish…

I hope you enjoyed our latest speeder adventure. We don’t have any more planned for awhile and are ready to finally be home and back to our more normal life.

For those of you who didn’t read my blog about this unusual hobby, here is a link:


… and if you would like more information on the hobby in general, here is a link to the website for the national club:

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  • no profile photo CD10895053
    Oh, how interesting and I loved the beautiful scenery too. Loving your doggies once again and to see you and your DH too. It looked like you had fun along with the work. I love your page too. It has the look of the Enchanted Village in OR, that in the 80's one could see it going down I-5. I hope that you're doing great. You look so good!

    Hugs to you, Karen
    2109 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14903239
    emoticon emoticon That trip looked especially fun! Longer and a stay over!! emoticon
    2112 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Really loved the pictures and thanks for sharing your adventure with us!
    2113 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    It sounds like you had a wonderful time on your trip. What a great way to spend time seeing the countryside. It sounds like a really fun hobby.

    Enjoy being home now.
    2113 days ago
  • MJK0430
    What a lovely trip! I especially loved the sound from the video!
    2114 days ago
    I had never heard of this hobby before you started blogging about it (though I am familiar with the history of the rail cars before they were restored). This sounds like a fascinating hobby! I love riding trains, so I can see how this would be a great deal of fun.
    2114 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your "Speeder" adventure !!
    What a fun hobby.
    2114 days ago
    Lovely photos. emoticon
    2115 days ago
    *LOL* This is a great adventure! Love following your jaunts of discovery. Your poor li'l Maggie looks like she's drunk tired leaning on that gear shift~ bless her heart. I guess the one question I have is, where do you "go" when you have to? I mean, that seems like a lotta wilderness territory~ I guess y'all carry a roll of Charmin with ya? *LOL* Anyway, inquiring minds wanna know~ .) Also, is that an expensive hobby? I mean, have a tugboat turn a bridge sounds like a big ticket item to me. *LOL* Never mind me, I've got the simples~ I've been up too long. Sweet dreams, dear heart~ and hope y'all are enjoying being home. *hugs* BB~
    2115 days ago
    Wow, what a fun trip. How many cars?
    I can see why its a great get away AND you get to take your Furbabies with you.

    I like his little police car, that's clever.

    2115 days ago

    Thank you for sharing pictures of places I would never see.
    2115 days ago
    I wasn't familiar with this hobby until you shared it with us. It looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful pictures! emoticon
    2115 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15212119
    What a lovely trip and beautiful scenery. I know the pups had fun.
    2115 days ago
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