Current Bike Touring Activities
This year I plan to ride the ACA Pacific Coast Route from Canada to Mexico. However, between Port Hadlock-Irondale Washington and Elma Washington, I will follow the western part of the ACA Washington Parks Route instead of the Pacific Coast Route.
The Washington Parks Route circles out to the coastal portion of Olympic National Park, instead of following the eastern side of the Hood canal. I've done the Pascific Coast route before, but not the Washington Parks, and while this section is nice, I want to explore the Coast. Section 1 of the Pacific Coast Route ends in Astoria, where I'll take a day off to visit with my nieces.
After Astoria, I'll head south towards San Francisco. In the San Francisco area, I'll take a 3 day intermission to attend a memorial service for my father who passed away in December, and a 2 day family reunion back up on the coast north of San Francisco. All this is set for August 10-12. I have done all of this section twice already, but it's one of my favorites. Not only is it beautiful, but the logistics are great too, particularly in Oregon. There are Hiker-Biker camp sites at most state park campgrounds, which are spaced freaquently along the coast.
After the reunion, I'll meet up with a member of my 2018 cycling crew and head south towards San Diego. Since I will have no specific deadlines, I'm likely to take a more casual pace, arriving in San Diego in early September.
In the unlikely event that the early September weather forcast for the desert portions of the Southern Tier look tolerable, I'll ride home. If not, I'll simply grab a Greyhound bus for the 10 hour trip back to home.
One interesting twist for this year is that I have purchased a used Bike Friday New World Tourist. While it could be argued that my Randonee is a better bike for a two plus month trip, I do want to give the Friday a good test run. Assuming all goes well, it will open up the path to taking many future 2-3 week trips that might not be worth taking otherwise due to the logistical hassles.
Stay tuned, we're getting close!
Summer 2019 Pacific Coast Route
This is the route I plan to follow, starting at the top (Canada) and going south to Mexico. The blue is the Washington Parks Deviation. The black dot is where I will stop for 3 days for my Father's memorial and our Family Reunion.
Section One Alternatives
In the middle of section one, I plan to follow the blue path, which is the Washington Parks Route, instead of staying on the green, which is the Pacific Coast route. The fine gray line shows yet another alternate which avoids rejoining the pacific Coast route until I get to Astoria. It stays close to the ocean, mostly on US 101, and crosses the Columbia River by way of the Megler-Astoria bridge. While bikes are allowed, this bridge is over 4 miles long, and has a peak span height of 196 feet above the water! An interesting alternative for sure...
My New (to me) Bike Friday
For this year, I'm trying out a more travel freindly bike; A Bike Friday, which folds and partly disassembles such that it fits in a suitcase that passes as regular sized luggage on airplanes. We'll see if it works as a touring bike as well as it travels on an Airplane...