The Great Pacific Coast Escape

Day 9: Kickback, relax and just surf
(at Honeyman Camp in Florence)

date: Tuesday August 13, 2002
daily miles: 13 miles (21 km)
total miles: 691 miles (1,112 km)

Today was just a day to kickback and relax and re-energize my body. I headed into town and booked a two-hour time block for Internet access at the library. Ok, I'll admit that I booked one hour and then called in and booked the next hour under someone else's name -- that way I would just use the machine until they showed up for the second hour – seems the people never showed – so I got two hours time in!!!

Breakfast and not too many people
They had record temperatures here today – 104 degrees!! It feels incredible!! I love the heat – but everyone else is complaining about how hot it is…
I did the infamous bicyclist Pizza Hut buffet lunch thing today. After an hour and twenty minutes there, the manager was making sure the waitress wouldn't voluntarily refill my ice tea or water. I guess a touring cyclist isn't a big profit margin customer for them.
People kept just showing up...

There was quite a cast for characters in the hiker/biker campground last night. Tonight I think it is actually a convention. Probably almost 25+ people at least -- and two more showed up as I headed into my tent here to go to bed. Representatives from the Czech Republic, Britain, Canada, two groups from Wisconsin, the 'East Coast boyz', myself --- and one touring hobo. Interesting stories going around regarding RV'rs, logging truck drivers, food, beer, fishing, and of course great roads where to ride....

It's late and time to get some sleep!



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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?