Bicycling The Pacific Coast: A Complete Route Guide, Canada to Mexico

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The Mountaineers Books, Jan 28, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 272 pages
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* Bicycle touring the Pacific Coast is outlined in one trip or four separate adventures
* Road directions, points of interest, and available restrooms and provisions all built into daily mileage logs
* Elevation profiles and Table of Essentials overview for each day's ride

From Canada to the Mexican border, Bicycling the Pacific Coast is the most popular guidebook to bicycle touring this gorgeous edge of the U.S. Tom Kirkendall and Vicky Spring guide you turn by turn along the length of Pacific Coast Bicycle Route -- all 1816.5 miles. These forty-two suggested daily itineraries (averaging 53 miles each) begin and end at campsites.

Everything you need to know about each day's ride is included: from tunnel-riding strategies to where to buy a new derailer, from one-of-a-kind museums along the way to side trips to lonely lighthouses and towering sand dunes. Cyclists will find a quick-glance Table of Essentials for each daily itinerary, listing availability of bike shops, beach access, hiking trails, youth hostels, and activities while touring through California, Washington, and Oregon.


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I've done this trip 1.5 times: 2005 Canada to Mexico , 2007 Canada to north of San Francisco. Used this book both times, it's a great guide, put it in a solid binder with my diary note paper. There have been some changes (new roads, store closures, etc) that were not in the most recent edition. Almost the entire trip has $4.00 per night hiker/biker camps; it's great and cheap way to travel self-contained; I met great people at almost every campsite, fellow bike tourers. There also are some hostels en route, especially in California, try them all, they're great. I recommend going between Memorial Day and Labor Day; after Labor Day the days are shorter, the weather worse, fewer new friends on the road.
There's a couple Washington alternate routes that are pretty and have much less traffic (1) south of the Canada-US Border: from the Blaine Peace arch at the border crossing (maybe you can bus or train with your bike from Seattle to Blaine) go south on beachfront back roads to Birch Bay (use a Whatcom county map or GoogleMap your path), then through Ferndale to Bellingham, down gorgeous Chuckanut Drive to Anacortes and Deception Pass, then you're back "in the book"; (2) north of Shelton: avoid their suggested freeway by going west on 102, S on W. Highland, onto W. Satsop Rd to Schaefer SP, then south on Middle Satsop to Brady and Montesano, NO traffic and pretty forested country (though some of it is logged). No services on this second route, just lots of quiet.
Oregon and California are pretty straight forward: follow 101 and CA 1 down the coast.
I spent two months riding the entire route alone in 2005 (I was 54) and it absolutely was the trip of a lifetime.

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A great book that is very helpful for planning a bike ride down the coast. It points out great spots to visit while on a trip and has great pointers for doing a bike trip.



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The daughter of Washington state conservation icon Ira Spring, VICKY SPRING grew up on the trails of the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of numerous hiking and cycling guidebooks for the Western U.S. and Europe.

TOM KIRKENDALL has published a wide variety of books for Mountaineers Books on topics such as long distance bicycling, outdoor family activities and hiking in the Alps. He is also a talented photographer.

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