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We spent the night in the Astoria, Or. Safeway with permission because every campground between Florence, Or. and Astoria, Or. was full. It worked out well, the view was great, the sea lions were bellowing in the distance, and we bought some goodies for dinner at Safeway. Steak, salad makings, bread, and apple pie with ice cream. Our camp spot frustration had taken a huge turn for the better. The Safeway turned out to be one of the nicer places we camped during this trip. Who would have thought that.
This video shows a quick look around the area where we camped at Safeway. We also drive through town at 6X speed and most of the Astoria at 6X speed. You get the steel girder span of the bridge at normal speed. I think the Astoria-Megler Bridge is just under 5 miles in length. The bridge connects The Coast Highway 101 between Oregon and Washington.
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Posted: 09/17/15 12:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not sure why, but when we traveled across that bridge pulling our 5er it was a white knuckle adventure for me. My wife said, "Oh look, a ship is about to go under us", but my eyes didn't venture off line much at all. We were up there! [emoticon]


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Posted: 09/17/15 12:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good vid. Thanks for posting.

We talked with a couple that bicycled across it. We also found a dump station real close to the entrance that came in handy. That area for us perfect for RVing. Lots to do and see.

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Cool video. Great music. Thanks for posting that.


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What a fantastic area to explore, as I did last October!! I ended up spending almost 3 weeks boondocking, while kayaking, hiking and motorcycle riding from the coast to Mt. St. Helens. Loved all the areas to explore and the generous and welcoming people!

Glad you had a great time too. Loved crossing the bridge, even with the ongoing painting of it.

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Fun Video..thanks.

You were lucky. You got a nice calm day to cross the bridge. Try crossing the bridge when the wind is howling (which it often is)...talk about "white knuckles."


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That was fun riding along with you. BOY you go fast through town!! [emoticon] Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

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Cool video, you got some great shots. I remember our first time crossing with the DD's age 4 and 5. It was before ATMs and we were almost out of cash and kept talking about the TOLL bridge and the DDs heard that as TROLL bridge. They had more cash on hand than we did and we had to explain TOLL to them. That was our second camping vacation and our first to Washington state.

It's still a favorite story for get togethers.


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D.E.Bishop wrote:

Cool video, you got some great shots. I remember our first time crossing with the DD's age 4 and 5. It was before ATMs and we were almost out of cash and kept talking about the TOLL bridge and the DDs heard that as TROLL bridge. They had more cash on hand than we did and we had to explain TOLL to them. That was our second camping vacation and our first to Washington state.

It's still a favorite story for get togethers.


When did they start a toll on the bridge? There wasn't one a couple months ago.


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Nutinelse2do wrote:

D.E.Bishop wrote:

Cool video, you got some great shots. I remember our first time crossing with the DD's age 4 and 5. It was before ATMs and we were almost out of cash and kept talking about the TOLL bridge and the DDs heard that as TROLL bridge. They had more cash on hand than we did and we had to explain TOLL to them. That was our second camping vacation and our first to Washington state.

It's still a favorite story for get togethers.


When did they start a toll on the bridge? There wasn't one a couple months ago.


There's no toll anymore. The remnants of the toll booths are still visible in the road including the roof. You can see it in the video as we just start up the bridge. I think the tolls ended in the 1980's.

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