The Great Pacific Coast Escape

Day 10: Time to escape the convention
(Florence to Bandon)

date: Wednesday August 14, 2002
daily miles: 95 miles (153 km)
total miles: 786 miles (1,265 km)

rather dramatic colors!

It’s time to get out of Florence!! The hiker/biker campground was fun -- but there were just too many people hanging out there for a couple of days for me...

It took awhile to get going on the bike this morning. I think I pedaled "squares" vs "circles" for the first two hours – a cyclist thing about how his legs feel while pedaling. Finally got back into the groove though.

roadside break
Quiet day throughout most of the day. I just ride and enjoyed and checked out the sites -- like all the lighthouses and fishing villages along the route. If you’re here, you have to stop and check them all out!
Caught Tina and her husband Earl on the road (this was that great couple on the tandem recumbent that I had met the other night and whom I really like because of their sense of adventure). They were just heading out of the estuary center after a tour and a movie there. They travel fewer miles each day and catch more sights to visit on their route schedule versus someone like myself – but man are they having fun! (Their ultimate destination will be Crescent City)
a lighthouse near the campground

another great place for lunch
I met a good old boy from Georgia tonight -- named Steve. Retired and off riding his dream. Pueblo, CO through Wyoming, etc to the coast -- San Francisco -- back through Nevada to Pueblo where his truck is parked. The routed is being called the “Great Western” and Steve is one of the first to do it. Very quiet person who has learned a lot about himself on this trip. Tonight was his "halfway party" -- at the 2000-mile point of his 4000-mile trek. I do wish him the best of luck on the rest of his journey.

Currently trying to find out more about this big forest fire that is going on in Southern Oregon / Northern California -- hopefully it gets contained here shortly as it could affect my detour to Crater Lake. I will need to make the go / no go decision probably tomorrow night.

Still having fun!


ps: I made twenty dollars today. A supported cycling group is on tour and I ended up catching and passing them a few times today (typically after rest breaks or eating). The manager of the outfit got mad at me eventually -- a touring cyclist with a loaded BOB catching and passing his people. He videotapes them too and has quite a bit of me on tape also -- he had a slight problem telling everyone apart. I don't think it was my obligation to take the day off from cycling so it would be easier for him to film his patrons. Eventually he stopped me and gave me twenty dollars and told me to take a long -- and he meant REALLLLLYYYYYY LONGGGGGG -- lunch break somewhere so they could get an hour ahead of me. Didn't see them the rest of the day after that. Plus I had a GREAT lunch!!

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The Great Pacific Coast Escape
Introduction time
Two weeks before - Welcome to "BOB"
One week before - Panic time!
The trip begins! (Bellevue, WA to Sequim)
Awesome sights to be seen (Sequim to Sapho)
The longest day (Sapho to Ocean Shores)
Casual cruise to pavement pain (Ocean Shores to Raymond)
I survived the bridge!! (Raymond to Ft. Stevens, Oregon)
I talked with a real bicycle tourist! (Ft. Stevens to Cape Lookout)
Hills, hills and more hills (Cape Overlook to Newport)
It was slow going today (Newport to Florence)
Kickback, relax and just surf (at Honeyman Camp in Florence)
Time to escape the convention (Florence to Bandon)
Sputter, misfire, detour... and a new direction (Bandon to Brookings)
Please turn off the fog machine!! (Brookings to Prairie Creek Redwoods, California)
Keeping it simple (Prairie Creek Redwoods to KOA in Arcata)
Enter the 'Avenue of the Giants' (KOA in Arcata to Weott)
Running on empty (Weott to Leggett)
Back to the Pacific Ocean (Leggett to Van Damme SP at Mendocino)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Van Damme SP to Stillwater SP)
Just another simple day (Stillwater SP to Samuel Taylor SP in Bodega Bay)
What were you expecting -- Baywatch??? (Samuel Taylor SP to Half Moon Bay SP)
There actually is sunshine in California (Half Moon Bay to Sunset Beach in Watsonville)
Sleeping in late means a late start huh? (Sunset Beach SP to Pfeiffer-Big Sur SP)
Riding above the clouds (Pfeiffer-Big Sur SP to San Simeon SP
The ranger told me that I probably wouldn't want to camp here (San Simeon SP to Oceana SP)
I see cracks!! (Oceana SP to El Capitan SP near Goleta)
Are we there yet? (El Capitan SP to Leo Carillo SP near Malibu)
The “City of Angels” in one day (Leo Carillo SP to Doheny SP at Dana Point)
The end has arrived (Dana Point to San Diego)
Equipment Reflections
Personal Gear Review
Review -- Planning and Maps
Would I do it all again?