Aug 4: Time to re-plan…

Its hard to believe, but I’ve been off the trail for almost a month now.  I have not had pain in my shin, but then again, I have not been hiking on it.  Based on what I’ve heard from runners it may take another month of healing before I should put it to the test.  That pretty much means the end for my 2018 PCT hike.

So it is time for a re-plan: a challenging adventure I can do solo, complete in 2 months or less, and is easy on the shins. Years ago I used to do a lot of bicycle touring: I’ve bicycle camped along the Sonoma and Big Sur Coasts in California and completed a 45-day Pacific to Atlantic (southern route) biking journey back in 1991.

Given the summer heat and fires, staying close to the coast seems like a good idea, and so in keeping with the Canada/Mexico theme of the PCT, I’ve decided to SoBo Bicycle Camp from Canada to Mexico along the Pacific Coast.

Here’s my intended route:

I’ll catch a train on Thursday, Aug 9 and head to Seattle where I’ll spend the weekend with long time friend Mike Hobbs.  I’ll catch another train on Monday, Aug 13 to Vancouver, BC.  From there, I’ll start pedaling south.

I’m planning a few zero days.  First, I’ll be visiting family in La Conner, WA on my third day – that will help me ease into biking and allow me to add or ditch items.  The next planned zero is at our Sea Ranch house, and the final one will be in Santa Cruz near our Los Gatos house.  I’ll probably add others…

Here’s my thumbnail schedule:

Day Date Ending Location Distance Total Dist
0 Sun 8/12/18 Vancouver, BC 0.0 0.0
1 Mon 8/13/18 Birch Bay State Park 42.0 42.0
2 Tue 8/14/18 La Conner 54.2 96.2
3 Wed 8/15/18 La Conner 0.0 96.2
4 Thu 8/16/18 La Conner 0.0 96.2
5 Fri 8/17/18 La Conner 0.0 96.2
6 Sat 8/18/18 Fort Worden State Park 51.5 147.7
7 Sun 8/19/18 Dungeness County Park 42.3 190.0
8 Mon 8/20/18 Fairholme Campground 52.5 242.5
9 Tue 8/21/18 Kalaloch Campground 63.5 306.0
10 Wed 8/22/18 Falls Creek Campground 33.8 339.8
11 Thu 8/23/18 Twin Harbors State Park 64.0 403.8
12 Fri 8/24/18 Bruceport County Park 41.3 445.1
13 Sat 8/25/18 Fort Stevens State Park 66.2 511.3
14 Sun 8/26/18 Nehalem Bay 46.3 557.6
15 Mon 8/27/18 Cape Lookout State Park 39.1 596.7
16 Tue 8/28/18 Beverly Beach State Park 61.4 658.1
17 Wed 8/29/18 Carl G. Washburne Mem. SP 42.5 700.6
18 Thu 8/30/18 Umpqua Lighthouse SP 42.1 742.7
19 Fri 8/31/18 Bullards Beach State Park 47.0 789.7
20 Sat 9/1/18 Humbug Mountain State Park 37.8 827.5
21 Sun 9/2/18 Harris Beach State Park 51.7 879.2
22 Mon 9/3/18 Elk Prairie Campground 66.4 945.6
23 Tue 9/4/18 Redwood Coast Cabins and RV Park 46.3 991.9
24 Wed 9/5/18 Burlington Campground 61.8 1053.7
25 Thu 9/6/18 Standish-Hickey State Rec Area 47.4 1101.1
26 Fri 9/7/18 MacKerricher State Park 41.8 1142.9
27 Sat 9/8/18 Sea Ranch House 68.9 1211.8
28 Sun 9/9/18 Sea Ranch House 0.0 1211.8
29 Mon 9/10/18 Sea Ranch House 0.0 1211.8
30 Tue 9/11/18 Bodega Dunes Campground 42.1 1253.9
31 Wed 9/12/18 Samuel P. Taylor State Park 42.1 1296.0
32 Thu 9/13/18 San Francisco 30.7 1326.7
33 Fri 9/14/18 Half Moon Bay State Beach 28.8 1355.5
34 Sat 9/15/18 New Brighton State Beach 57.3 1412.8
35 Sun 9/16/18 New Brighton State Beach 0.0 1412.8
36 Mon 9/17/18 Monterey Veterans Memorial Park 42.2 1455.0
37 Tue 9/18/18 Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 44.3 1499.3
38 Wed 9/19/18 Plaskett Creek Campground 33.3 1532.6
39 Thu 9/20/18 San Simeon State Beach 34.8 1567.4
40 Fri 9/21/18 Pismo State Beach North 53.0 1620.4
41 Sat 9/22/18 Gaviota State Park 64.7 1685.1
42 Sun 9/23/18 Carpinteria State Beach 46.1 1731.2
43 Mon 9/24/18 Sycamore Canyon Campground 43.2 1774.4
44 Tue 9/25/18 Santa Monica 32.0 1806.4
45 Wed 9/26/18 Newport Beach 36.4 1842.8
46 Thu 9/27/18 San Elijo State Beach 54.2 1897.0
47 Fri 9/28/18 San Ysidro 48.8 1945.8
48 Sat 9/29/18 San Diego 1945.8

I’ll be camping most nights, but some of the big city areas lack campgrounds and I’ll need to find accommodations at motels or social room-sharing sites like WarmShowers.org.

So, this blog will morph from Pacific Crest Trail oriented to Pacific Coast Ride oriented. Future posts will describe my bike and what I’m bringing, and then I’ll blog about the adventure as it unfolds.

I’m hoping you will follow along with me!

6 thoughts on “Aug 4: Time to re-plan…”

    1. Looks like a great ride. We will be watching and wishing we were there. You may want to add a few zero days between days 6 and 26, but I am sure you will figure this out around day 11 or 12. We can not make this ride but hope to catch you on the Atlantic Coast ride next year or whenever you do it. The highlight of our day is seeing your posts. Best of luck, stay safe and have fun. Beth and Randy.

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