You know the story all too well. Four guys get together once a year for two weeks of riding, telling lies about fishing stories and girls, all in search of the perfect plate of nachos and some decent craft beer. We are based out of Colorado, and have been doing this long enough that we decided to head further west than we have ever ventured before on bikes. So we trailered bikes to Corvallis, Oregon over two days, which was an uneventful trip not worth talking about. Once everyone was situated in Corvallis, we started our trip by heading west on state road 34, connecting Corvallis with Waldport. It was the perfect road to start things off- just the right mix of technical twists and turns, plus scenery that was right out of a movie. Rivers, mountains, mossy trees, cedar-covered cabins... I could not have asked for a better example of western Oregon beauty. It being Labor Day weekend, we expected to find the roads packed with RVs, but surprisingly we had clear sailing the entire way to the coast. At this point I would ordinarily insert several nice looking pictures of our ride, but I was apparently a little out of practice and unable to actually get the camera to work while riding. So I guess you will just have to trust me that it was a beautiful first day of riding. We stopped for the day in the little coastal town of Yachats (pronounced 'ya-hats'). True to our purpose, we stopped here to check out the Yachats Brewery, which did not disappoint. Caught a nice sunset on the beach, too! I love Oregon! Once the beer had been tasted, we walked a short distance to Luna Sea Fish House. This place literally looks like a small fish store with a few tables shoved into a corner. But there was something definitely happening at this place when we walked in, so we decided to give it a try... and man are we glad we did. Almost immediately after sitting down we overheard a customer asking someone behind the counter about the fish under glass in the display case. The man answered, "this here was caught around 4am today, and these were a bit later, maybe around 5:30am." The man behind the counter then proceeded to explain that he was the owner of the store, and personally fished these waters for the past 30 years- and even pointed out pictures of his various fishing vessles on the wall. In short- this was a very legitimate seafood restaurant. We all ordered our various meals, and were tremendously impressed by all of it. I personally ordered a three piece fish and chips meal with Halibut, Wild King Salmon, and Albacore Tuna. The Halibut and Salmon were delicious, but the flavor of the tuna was out of this world. Truly, it was the best fresh fish I have ever tasted (and I grew up in New England). We had a great first day. Tomorrow will be our first serious day of riding. Stay tuned for more to come!