The Great Pacific Coast Escape

Day 7: Hills, hills and more hills
(Cape Overlook to Newport)

date: Sunday August 11, 2002
daily miles: 85 miles (137 km)
total miles: 620 miles (998 km)

My warm-up this morning before the big hill consisted of a quarter mile ride -- then it was 45 minutes of burning quads cranking up the hill at 4.6mph. Yes, the hill was steep! I was just pouring sweat like mad and entirely soaked by the time I finally reached the top. I bundled up then to keep warm. The highlight of going up big hills – going downhill after that -- it was fun!! (Yes Adam, I actually do sweat -- I know you will find that hard to believe at times)


Lots of great views like this today

Caught up with Rachel and Andrew from the campground last night – we talked for a minute before they headed off to the Rangers presentation. They are a nice couple from Wisconsin who had shipped their bikes out for a ride from Astoria, OR to Santa Cruz, CA. It sounded like they were having a good ride so far. Plus their priorities were right -- when they see glistening blackberries in the morning due alongside the road -- they stop and enjoy... that’s where I caught up with them this morning. Yes – I stocked up on my share of blackberries also!!

Maybe the best way to describe the riding today was hills, hill and more hills. I'm glad I put that extra large 32-tooth rear cog on the bike for days like today. Truthfully -- it was used quite a bit today – and I’m a pretty strong ride in comparison to most people. As for other sights along the coast today to mention? Nothing standing out much over one another -- but all were cool irregardless. This is GREAT country!


I wouldn't trade my bike for that boat

The route deviated off of highway 101 today in places -- one detour was to the old highway itself -- which was nice and quiet in comparison to the highway -- but boy was it steep. A very fit gal was unloading her son into a baby buggy to go for a walk. At least until she passed me running up the hill!! Two miles of hill in fact -- but I did catch up with her at the end.

Actually I was truly impressed by the athletic feat she accomplished in running up that hill. Most people wouldn't have made it 100 yards running. I proposed to her at the top -- yes marriage! -- but she laughed and said she was happily married with two kids already... but she thanked me for the compliment anyway. Darn, I missed out again.

At camp tonight, I ran into a great couple from Bainbridge Island (WA) who are touring on a tandem recumbent. Quite a few adventures and bike trips in their lives -- and I honestly hope that when I'm their age, I'm as enthusiastic for adventure and travel as they are – they are definitely enjoying life.

As for myself? Everything is good. A bit tired but not too fatigued. No new aches or pains to report so far on this trip. But I do see why my younger brother had problems with his Achilles tendon while making this same ride many years ago. Lots of hills and not a lot of time (as in days) to fully recuperate -- thus your body doesn't get a chance to recover -- a lessoned learned and I am very observant of. Good gear and good training before I did this is obviously helping me make this a very straightforward trip so far.

That's all for tonight!

Mark

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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?