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|
|1||Mon||8/13/18||Birch Bay State Park||42.0||42.0|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|46||Thu||9/27/18||San Elijo State Beach||54.2||1897.0|
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!