The Great Pacific Coast Escape

Review -- Planning and Maps

• Maps??? At times it would have been nice to bring good maps for this trip. The Adventure Cycle maps are incredible and extremely well detailed. But the trip is planned for you -- literally turn-by-turn with grade notes, etc. I really liked my ad hoc method of going along though. I didn't know what was ahead and I really liked that fact. Not the best way for everyone to travel I'm sure.

• Also I'm glad I left the Kirkendall Pacific Coast "bible" at home -- too many people were pulling this out and referencing it. I wanted to experience my OWN trip and did --- not the one that someone has written a book with detailed route notes for.

• Planning??? The Germans from the past two nights have spent over a year planning their adventure. What to see and where to stay and how long to stay there. It worked for them, as they had to more carefully allocate their time and schedules -- but I think it stole a sense of adventure from their vacation -- they couldn't wander off at random and take a detour whenever they felt like it. I did and it was great.

• The choice is yours -- do what you honestly feel is required. Just remember that it is your trip and don't try to recreate someone else’s trip. I did and was happy with the results and how everything turned out.

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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?