Saturday, September 25, 2010

Day Twenty three

55 miles - Carlsbad to the Mexican border. I finally made it. Its been an amazing and challenging trip. The end was a little anti-climatic. Arrived at the border - no greeting party, no marching band. I looked around, took a picture and got on the train for San Diego.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Day Twenty two

82 Miles - Los Angeles to Carlsbad - I had typical Southern California weather, Sunny and warm - Rode thru Seal Beach and stopped and watched the surfers - Reminded me of my younger days when I use to surf.

Part of my route took me thru 12 miles of Camp Pendleton Marine Base. The bike path follows a road used by tanks and sign read "TANKS HAVE RIGHT OF WAY" Duh! Really? I'm staying at my friends house tonight and head for the border tomorrow.

Day 21

Day off - No riding today - Spent the day with my Dad - Did a little maintenance on the bike - Tomorrow I leave for Oceanside - Riding should be a lot easier because I'm not taking all my gear and there are no hills.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Day Twenty

40 miles - Malibu to Los Angeles. Easy day - only rode 40 miles mostly on a bike path on the beach. The weather was kind of over cast and cold. I'm at my Dad's house and spending a couple of days with him. I will head for the border on Thursday and be there on Friday. I should be back in Idaho on Monday. One of the good things about California is In & Out Burger! Even with all that I've been eating, I have lost almost 20 pounds.

Day Nineteen

79 Miles - El Capitain to Malibu. Foggy most of the day. After getting through Santa Barbara the route alternated between Bike paths and Pacific Coast Highway. I had a beautiful sunset looking out from tent.

I have got a lot of sun on this trip and my helmet has given me racing stripes. Tomorrow I will be in Los Angeles at my Dads house. I will spend a couple of days with him before heading to the border.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Day Eighteen

75 miles - Pismo Beach to El Capitain State Park - Last night when I was looking for the campground I met John (School Teacher from Fresno) who invited me to set up my tent behind is RV. This was great because I was able to catch up on all the football scores and he even had cinnamon rolls for me in the morning. I have met a lot of nice people on my trip. Today my route took me inland through farm country, mostly strawberry fields. I'm camped at El Capitain State Park about 25 miles north of Santa Barbara.

Day Seventeen

88 Miles - Lucia to Pismo Beach - Great ride today - good weather and scenic coast. - Passed San Simeon where a saw hundreds of seals sunning themselves on the beach. I passed the Hearst Castle which you can see on the top of a mountain. My goal today was Morro Bay but I made such good time I was there by 3pm so I went another 30 miles to Pismo Beach.

Day Sixteen

60 miles - Monterey to Lucia. Today was one of the most beautiful sections of coast line thru the Big Sur area. It was also the hardest sections of the trip with 2 climbs over a 1000 feet and narrow roads. The pacific coast bike trail is to bikers what the Apalacha trail is to hikers. I have met people from Canada, Sweden, Germany and all over the US.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Day Fifteen

95 miles - Half Moon Bay to Monterey Bay - A few hills at the start but pretty nice after that. Even had 3 different bike paths to ride. Got lost in Santa Cruz but with a little help from my wife and google maps I found my way. Had great weather all day. Took a ride down Fishermans Wharf and Cannery Row. Tomorrow is the killer day. I start into the mountains of Big Sur.

Day Fourteen

83 mile -Petaluma to Half Moon Bay. Crossed the Golden Gate Bridge. Pretty amazing. While trying to find my way out of Petaluma I came across an IN & OUT BURGER. That made my day.

Day Thirteen

Halfway! - 87 miles - Ukiah to Petaluma California. I got stopped by the cops. I was riding Highway 101 which apparently turned into Freeway 101 and you can't ride a bike on the freeway. They directed me to the Old Redwood Hwy which took me through the Sanoma Valley wine country which was a nice ride.

Tomorrow I will be crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. (Note to self: Don't eat Taco Bell before long ride - Big Mistake!!!)
Tim Randall

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Day Twelve

62 miles - Leggett to Ukiah California. I was climbing hills all day in the Mendocina Mountains. Today was hot and I had a stiff head wind. I even got off the bike and walked a few hills.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Day Eleven

92 Miles - Eureka to Leggett California. I stayed in motel last night. After stocking up on the motel breakfast, I got an early start. Got in my longest day at 92 miles. No flat tires or break downs! I rode a scenic route called "Avenue of the Giants" in the Redwood National Forest. Those are some big trees!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Day Ten

63 miles - Klamath to Eureka California. My goal of 80 miles a day is turning out to not be realistic. I started out in the Redwoods then finished on the coast. I stopped in an small town called Orick and got something to eat. When I left I dropped my wallet. Two miles out of town I realized it. Thank goodness for honest people, when I returned the store had my wallet. I hope to be in San Fransico in 4 days.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Day Nine

82 miles - Golds Beach Oregon to Klamath California. Crossed over to California about 2pm then I broke a spoke. I made it into Cresent City just before the bike shop closed. I left Cresent City and climbed 1500 feet into the Redwoods.

I then rode into Klamath California. I passed a giant statue of Paul Bunion and his ox. Ive seen a picture of this before but never knew where it was. When I arrived at camp I had another flat tire. I was too tired to fix it so I will fix it in the morning. I was also too tired to cook anything so I had tuna on tortillas. I've been eating a package of tortillas a day. I put peanut butter on them for a snack and put tuna on them for lunch.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Day Eight

72 miles - Charleston to Gold Beach Oregon. It rained all night so everything was soaked. Seems like the hardest part of this trip are the challenges I face each day. I got an early start only to break a cable one mile down the road. Then I made a wrong turn and added 10 miles to my ride. Then when I got to the camp ground it was closed for repairs. I rode about 10 more miles and found an old road which I followed. I made camp right on the edge of the ocean. This is the view from my tent. The fog is rolling in and I'm in my tent listening to the waves. Tomorrow I will be in California.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Day Seven

62 miles - Florence to Charleston Oregon. Had 5 flat tire before noon. Kind of a slow start.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Day Six

Rode today from Newport to Florence Oregon. Only got in 53 miles. Rained all day so everything is soaked. Thanks for all the messages.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Day Five

There are a lot of blackberry bushes growing along the highway so when I take rest breaks I have a snack of berries. Thanks for all your support and especially the text messages.

Pacific Beach to Newport. After 'minor' bike repairs, camped at South Beach State Park. was kept awake most the night listening to seals barking. Three raccoons raided my campsite.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Day Four

Rode 53 miles from Nehalen to Pacific City. Had several big climbs and had some great views of the coast. Stopped in Tillamook for lunch and went to the Tillamook Cheese Factory. Had my first flat tire. Hope I don't get too many of those. If you would like to send me a message, you can text me at 208-859-1949.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Day Three

60 miles - Westport, WA to Nehalem, OR. Crossed the 4 mile Astoria Bridge. Had my first crash. No damage. Great weather. Lots of hills. Climbed 2000 feet. Stopped in Seaside and Cannon Beach.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Day Two

Day 2 - Rode 89 miles from Westport to Ilwaco Washington. Rode half the time in the trees and the other on the coast. Great weather but got a little rain this afternoon.

Day One

Rode from Elma, WA to Westport, WA. Didn't start riding until 4pm. But still put in 50 miles. Tomorrow I start riding the coast.

1600 Miles!

Tim is going on a bike ride from Canada to Mexico, 1600 miles!
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