Glorious tailwind! The entire week we spent in Oregon,battling the vicious tailwind and frequent drizzle we were told that the windswould shift on Friday. That riding a bike would be fun again. Our spirits mayhave been tattered, but were far from being broken.
The morning we left Honeyman State Park, my sister needed tocatch a bus home to Portland, so there was some logistical stuff to sort out,but Howard and I were still set on making a full day out of it. I rode back toFlorence with my sister, ensuring that she caught the bus successfully, andnoticed that my northerly journey was met with some resistance. Could it betrue?? The winds had changed overnight and would be at our backs that day.
So when we left Honeyman, we blasted down south all the waypast the dune buggy rentals and Coos Bay to stay at Sunset Bay State Park, onthe Cape Arago Highway. This place wasbeautiful! A short walk from the campground had some really cool trails andhidden coves to explore, and celebrate our first day cruising with the wind.
At this point, we had been seeing a few other campersconsistently, so we rode with a cyclist from Vancouver, BC, and one from NewZealand, whom is still riding with us and had become part of the group.Together, we rode a section of road called Seven Devils, which might have beena good warm-up for what was to come in California, only we didn't know it atthe time. All we knew was that there was Bacon in Bandon Oregon, and that wasthe goal. On this trip one of the many things I am learning about bicycletouring is how food-motivated you become, and how exciting it is when you getthat meal plan in mind and stick to it. I am still motivated to eat healthyfoods on the road, but after a hard day of riding, there's nothing quite likethat night out at a restaurant, or the breakfast stop 20 miles into the ride.
Anyway, our tailwinds carried us for a couple more daysthrough gorgeous Oceanside towns like Port Ordord, and we landed at HarrisBeach State Park, right outside of Brookings. It was here that we had one ofthose fun nights out, filled with some minor debauchery and a night ridethrough town to top it off. This was my favorite state park so far, and thelast of the luxurious Oregon state parks, which are all equipped with freeshowers and occasional laundrymats. It was a great way to spend our last nightin Oregon before a mildly disappointing introduction to California the nextday, explained in the next entry.
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- My Blackburn Gear -
- MY TRUSTY STEED -
- • Frame: Salsa Fargo 3
- • Frame size: Medium
- • Fork: Salsa Fargo V2
- • Headset: FSA C4
- • Crank (make, model, length, chainrings): Shimano Deore, 175mm. 26T, 38T, 46T
- • Bottom bracket: Shimano cartridge 2300
- • Pedals: TDB – currently $20 Welgo flats.
- • Cassette (make, model and range): Shimano HG 9sp. 11-32
- • Shifters: Shimano Bar-end shifters, with Paul Shimano Road Thumbies.
- • Brakes: Avid BB7s
- • Wheels (size, hub, rim): Front: Shimano Alfine Generator Hub Rear: Shimano Deore XT hub
- • Tires: Front - WTB Weirwolf 2.55in. Rear – Continental Race King 2.2in (but will probably get new tires)
- • Seat post: Black.
- • Saddle: Koski Contour saddle
- • Stem: Raceface Evolve XC
- • Handlebar (and aerobars, grips, bartape, etc): Surley Open Bar, Ergo lock grips.
- • Bags (racks, panniers, or bikepacking bags): Blackburn: Outpost front/rear racks Barrier series front/rear panniers Handlebar bag
- • Spare parts list: Extra derailleur hanger , A couple of spokes, Chain bits, Tube x 2
- • Toolkit: Spoke wrench, Chain-breaker, Crescent wrench, Pliers, Rubber bits, Socket Y-wrench, Blackburn - Heist 10 multitool, Tire levers Tow straps, zip ties, electrical tape. Blackburn – Mammoth 2-stage mini pump
- • Accessories (lights, fenders, computer, etc.): Bell Blackburn Atom SL 3 computer, B & M IQ Headlight, Blackburn Central Front Smart Light
- FROM: Bellingham, WA
- DOB: 1986-11-19
- Not Married
- OCCUPATION: Currently a full-time student, getting ready for grad school to study Occupational Therapy. During the winter I am a Snowboard Trainer at Mt. Baker, and during the summer I am a Zipline Course Supervisor in Ketchikan, AK for a company called Alaska Canopy
- What was the genesis moment or inspiration for your upcoming adventure? This trip has been a long time coming. Back in 2008 I began spending a lot of time at my local community bike shop in Bellingham (the Hub). I was beginning to learn a bit about bicycle repair, and did the typical college kid thing and built up a fixie. Eventually, I found a bike in a ditch and it was my goal to rebuild it from used parts and ride it to Portland. My buddy and I chose to ride the Washington Peninsula because we had never seen it, and thought it might make a good story. (It also had an easy bus system if anything catastrophic happened to my makeshift bicycle and trailer). We made our way to Portland over 10 days, and by day 3 I decided that I wanted to do the entire coast. Unfortunately, our short timeframe prevented that from happening. The trip to Portland went flawlessly, and I rode the train back to Bellingham hoping to complete the journey some day.
- Have you traveled by bike in the past? I have done multiple other 2-3 day trips since the Portland trip, but nothing as substantial. Around town I commute to school/work every day, mountain bike 2-3 days per week, and have the weekly town/interurban rides with the gang (The Wetboyz).
- What is your goal for the route? I have never seen to Northern California! I want to ride my bike through a tree, do some beach touring, find more small community bike shops, and do some surfing. It is also my goal to find some dirt connectors instead of just doing road the entire time. I want to have a loose plan, but let the trip adapt and change as the journey goes on. I want to share stories with people on the road, and travel to places recommended to me by other people, instead of relying solely on the guidebook.
- What do you hope to get out of this journey? I hope to see some new places, make some new friends, and connect with myself in ways unknown at this point. I hope I can inspire people with this journey, and show them that it doesn’t take years of planning and thousands of dollars to see some of these beautiful places that are right in our back yard. I believe the biggest barrier for most people is simply getting out there, and I really believe in Blackburn’s mission statement. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao-Tsu Yes, it’s cheesy but that quote has inspired me in many ways. It encourages me to be open-minded and go bold-headed into projects instead of holding back and being overly particular.
“What’s in my bag?”
1.) Pink/silver Kershaw Leek knives. I lost and recently refound the pink one for a year, and the silver one was a birthday gift from my girlfriend to replace the pink one.
2.) Fujifilm Instax 210 Camera + photo of my girlfriend and I from the Portage Glacier (Whittier, AK)
3.) Lucky Bike Shorts – Had ‘em since high school.
4.) Ratball. (a drinking game for the rats, developed by the Wetboyz) For making friends on the road.