The Great Pacific Coast Escape

One week before - Panic time!


The Klein with the BOB trailer for the first time

Arrgghhhh!!! Packing and moving – it has been the story of my life lately. Currently packing everything I have into storage or into a friends place (thanks Rachel!) while I’m on the trip. Even though I have been filtering through everything the past several weeks, it seems I have accumulated more "stuff" than what I brought up with me when I came from Phoenix, AZ. (It will all be moved BACK to Arizona after I get back from my trip)

So am I packed and ready to go? Not even close yet!!! And you are right -- panic time has set in now!!! I still have bicycle maintenance to do and small things to still purchase for the trip. I haven't even done a "trial pack" yet. But it will all come together in the end -- it usually does for me. I hope it does!

I guess I better get back to packing and moving more dishes, computers, and clothes so I can pack for my trip!!

Mark



First BOB story:

Purchase it from REI (yes, I have been a member since 1974) and assembled it as soon as I got home. Grabbed four 12-packs of Diet Coke (yes – I am addicted) and stuffed it into the trailer carrying sack along with a motorcycle battery, tent, and sleeping bag (@65lbs load total + @12 for BOB). Headed out the door down the road ten minutes later. Immediately noticed while descending at 37mph that it has an interesting affect on the bicycles handling. I spooked myself badly until I got it slowed back down again under 26mph. Now I am wondering if I shouldn't reconsider the rack method. This was almost white knuckles holding onto the bars as the trailer decided to do its own thing.

Hit the Burke-Gillman/Sammamish River trail -- nice and flat. I'm cruising along fairly fast and am passing quite a few people. I didn't notice the weight too much -- I'm feeling better now after that initial descent. Managed to even do a couple of “trackstands” (balancing the bike at a stop without putting your foot down) with BOB -- not easy but it can be done. I'm starting to get impressed now – this isn’t all that bad. I do notice that a choppy pedaling style does some interesting harmonics with BOB and my front suspension fork. But the miles will smooth out my pedaling style hopefully. I guess I'm going to have to learn to “fast spin” a bit more like Lance Armstrong for this trip -- not a bad thing really!

Two hours into my first ride and I have to hit the hill coming back up to my place. No problem. Blast up Norway Hill also and I didn't have to drop to the small chainring or big cogs. Cool! I even caught two people while going up the hill -- they gave me a sheepish look because they were struggling up the hill and I only made them feel worse when they realized all the weight that I had in the BOB trailer.

Second BOB story:

While on the second ride of testing BOB, I'm cruising back the Burke-Gilman after a short 90-minute ride. I roll into Woodinville and whom do I see? A gorgeous gal who I had dated and hadn't seen for almost a year. She does an immediate double take as I blast past her before turning around and coming back to talk. Her first reaction is that she recognized me immediately -- but it surprised her that I had a baby in a trailer on back!!! (No baby for this kiddo -- I'm still single remember!!) Gave her a quick lowdown on BOB and the details and then headed home.

Wouldn't you know it -- in the year since we had last dated, she had gone back to school and just finished all her courses -- she is now a massage therapist!! Only if I had known!! The dream of every male cyclist – a beautiful woman who is also a massage therapist!

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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?