Our trip took about seven weeks to complete, it was completely no supported. The things we needed we hauled. We camped for the majority of the trip. The plan was to stay in a hotel only in San Fran, Los Angeles, and San Diego ( places we stayed for a few days), but we did resort to hotels twice unplanned. Once due to extremely bad weather and creepy vibe of the camp site, and the other due to illness; I have ulcerative colitis and by the end of the trip I was quiet ill.
We stayed mostly in state parks which were awesome in Oregon, as you know. California state parks were hit and miss, many were on the side of the highway, did not have soap in the washrooms, and were more run down. There were a few gems though in the mix, sleeping among the redwoods was amazing.
We did mostly ride alone but you are never alone on the road. The route we took is popular so we met many other tourist. The people you meet on the rode is half the fun. We met people traveling with babies and older children, we met people who bought bikes their bikes at Walmart, we met a guy who was training to ride the divide, we met a guy who was in grade 11 traveling solo from Vancouver to San Diego (his mom drove him to his starting point), we met a man who swears that riding his bike cured his cancer and we met a pack of young guys that seemed to double in size each time we saw them (going from two to a group of fifteen) and so many others. One thing I learned on this trip was that anyone could do it.
If you are considering doing this trip, the good book is bicycling the pacific coast. We used it everyday on our tour. And please remember to go south, I just have to shake my head at all the northern travellers I saw.
“Turn the goddam music up! My heart feels like an alligator!”
- Hunter S. Thompson
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