We stayed overnight at Grant's Pass on the way to the coast right on the banks of the Rogue River which has white water rafting and jet boat excursions and of course fishing, fishing and more fishing.
Next day we had a 100 mile drive back to the west coast to Gold Beach. We took the scenic route rather than the interstate which is what we have done on the whole trip. This turned out to be 60 miles with 40 miles of single track through the Siskyon National Forest over Saddle Mountain on steep gravel roads. At one point a woman appeared out of nowhere to tell us which road to take as one was completely unmade. Also we encountered two guys with a bulldozer doing some rock clearing. One of them was talking to us for a while until we could pass and he told us he has only ever travelled as far as the states adjoining Oregon and no further. It always amazes us when we think of all the miles we havve travelled and there are people who have only just crossed into the next state and often not even that.
On arriving back at the coast it was just as we left it three weeks before, with sea mist rolling in. Once again it had been 25 degrees driving towards the coast and only 5 miles from the coast dropped to 14. We entered town along a river and by the time we reached the sea there were hundreds of small fishing craft at the mouth of the river catching the salmon as they made their way back up stream to begin the breeding season once more.
We actually didn't like Gold Beach as it was full of fishermen so we moved up the coast to a state park . Next morning we left Oregon and took in the last of the coast line before leaving Oregon and entering California.