Saturday, September 25, 2010
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
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.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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!!!)
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
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
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
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
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
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
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
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.