I will be visiting Oregon the first week of October this year. I plan to spend several days visiting friends in Oregon, and then drive down to Ashland to see some theater. When leaving Portland, I'd like to drive south to Corvallis, then cut over to the coast road between Newport and Florence or Reedsport before heading east again to Route 5 -- I've been told this is the most scenic coastal area. Does this sound like a reasonable route? And where would be a good place to spend the night before heading to Ashland the next day? ( I need to arrive in time for a 2 pm matinee, so don't want to drive more than a few hours in the morning). Any suggestions would be most helpful!