Columbia county, OR
Nearest town: unknown
Nearest road: hwy 30
Time: late afternoon
Location: Heading west along hwy30 from Rainer heading up the long climb heading for bradley wayside about another 5 or 10 miles away. Hard to tell because we were on bicycles (camping trip on bikes). sheer rock wall to our left (west) drop off with trees to our right.
Description of event: In 1972 I and a freind, Frank, took a bicycle (camping) trip to the coast from Portland Or. We took hwy 30. Now I can't remember exactly where we were (after 30 plus years it probably doesnt really matter), but we were making our way slowly up a long hill somewhere west of Rainer (I think but I do know that we had not yet made the Bradley wayside). The sun was getting low in the sky and we were in the shadow from the sheer rock cliff rising up to the left of us. Highway 30 was almost devoid of traffic, only an occasional car or truck, between them was silence (almost a dead silence). To our right was a slope down from the highway covered with young douglas fir, cedar and other trees. The tall ones looked to be only 20 feet tall and over the tops we could see the Columbia River below. It was during this long ascent that we both heard something, a howl or a cry of some kind. It almost sounded human and was very lonely sounding; a long howling cry that was so loud we couldn't tell where it was coming from. We stopped dead in our tracks. At the time we were carrying about 50 extra pounds on the bikes and I figured that if we were to get away from whatever it was, uphill was not a good idea. I told Frank that maybe we should turn around, but he said that it was just probably a "space ship" and besides, it had only happened once. We thought that it could have only come from down in the trees and, for the rest of the trip up that stretch of highway we kept a close eye on the trees. Fortunately, that was the only thing that happened. I had just recently heard the same thing. It was on the internet,though. A recording of a bigfoot in Ohio. As soon as I heard it, the hairs went up on the back of my neck. It thrust me back to 1972 and that bike trip. The recording was weak and not at all like our 'call'. I now realize that the thing must have been very close for it to be that loud.
record updated:2005-02-15 00:00:00