Oregon coast or Portland.

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I can't decide which is better to start an adventure on and I'd like to get some seasoned advice. I plan on staying in Oregon until winter hits unless the weather is surviverable, any thoughts?
 

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I've spent a lot of time in/on both...oregon coast has a lot of small towns and nature preserves/rec areas managed by several different agencies...i think coos bay is the biggest populace and i dont think it even cracks 30k residents

whereas you have Portland, only an hour drive from the coast, not the largest city but definitely huge enough - a stark contrast from anywhere on the Oregon coast

both have their pros and cons of course, and if someone knows nothing of your situation and preferences there's little advice to give...
 
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I started in Portland; I love Portland. But Portland also gets blown the fuck up in the summer.

The Oregon Coast is pretty chill, but very wet.

I say follow the weather: so if you're planning on staying until winter, then start north and head south.
 

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to give a more straightforward answer i agree with everyone prompting the coast over Portland

especially during the summer you're gonna have such a quality time

east of Brookings not too far inland there's some redwoods

Lincoln City area i found particular nice

and plenty in between...many many seastacks and awesome forests
 
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ive been biking down the coast from portland, i like the small towns alot, portlands fun but after 4 months there it got old
 

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Portland has its upsides, but it's changing fast in a bad way. Especially for folks trying to live low.
It's been my home base for about 15 yrs--housed, housless, rubber tramping, etc.
If you end up here, let me know. I can help you navigate shit.
 
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Hey...we are a couple in our 40s..living in our truck. Need to find a decent place to park every night...We could pay $50 a week just for a quiet spot to park at night.. Any help would be most appreciated.. Navigating pdx like this is stressful..so any advice would be welcome. Thanks a Million
 

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Hey...we are a couple in our 40s..living in our truck. Need to find a decent place to park every night...We could pay $50 a week just for a quiet spot to park at night.. Any help would be most appreciated.. Navigating pdx like this is stressful..so any advice would be welcome. Thanks a Million
I'm willing to talk about a driveway deal, but I have to check with my housemates first
In the meantime, Parkrose Transit Center was a consistently good spot for me. Usually tried to roll in after dark. By morning, it's packed so little attention to car camping.
They have a 24-hr limit, but never saw any enforcement.
I'm now housed very close to there, so hit me up either way.
 

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