Pacific Coast Tour


Our third bicycle tour took us 1,863 miles from Seattle to San Diego down one of America’s most beautiful roads, the Pacific Coast Highway! It was an incredible trip and an unforgettable honeymoon!

Vacation Part 2: Sea World, Cabrillo Monument and San Diego Zoo - October 2nd, 2012 - Skye here! I’ve finally decided to finish up the blogs from our trip! Our next adventure will be underway very soon (Oct 3rd) so I need to get this done before that starts! We wanted to wake up early to get to Sea World, but neither of us set an alarm so that didn’t exactly … Continue reading Vacation Part 2: Sea World, Cabrillo Monument and San Diego Zoo
The Vacation Part 1: Old Town and Paddle Boarding - August 26th, 2012 - 8/19 – We woke up feeling rested and accomplished. Now it was time to reward ourselves! We decided to go have lunch with Ethan’s cousin, Becky, whom I’ve never met, in Old Town. Ethan ran down to CVS to get breakfast (for some reason our very nice hotel did not serve a complimentary continental breakfast…dumb) … Continue reading The Vacation Part 1: Old Town and Paddle Boarding
Kayaking, SD and the Mexican border - August 25th, 2012 - 8/18 Day 38 – We woke up and Julie drove us down to the beach not very far from where the kayak place was. Was said goodbye and headed over there. Luckily we were able to grab a spot on their 10am tour. (But they made us pay $40 more even though we had a … Continue reading Kayaking, SD and the Mexican border
We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow - August 25th, 2012 - 8/17 Day 37 – Originally we planned to go only 30ish miles this day and then another 30ish to San Diego the next day as well as bike to the border (and back). The more we thought about it though the less appealing it sounded. Ideally we wanted to get closer to San Diego so … Continue reading We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow
Orange County - August 17th, 2012 - 8/16 Day 36 – We woke up and took our time packing up. My Uncle Bob had just landed in LA so they stopped by to see us off. It was great to see him. :] We left at about 11. We rode through cities literally the entire day, which is good and bad. It’s … Continue reading Orange County
R & R - August 17th, 2012 - 8/14-15 Days 34 & 35 – We got a great night’s sleep at Chelsea’s and woke up feeling refreshed and a little sore. Our plans for this day included breakfast, REI, lunch and the Griffith Observatory. It took us a while to get going so our breakfast kind of turned in to brunch at Johnny … Continue reading R & R
The City of Angels - August 16th, 2012 - 8/13 Day 33 – Our plan to wake up at the butt crack of dawn worked somehow even though we didn’t set an alarm. I woke up just before the sun rose and we decided to get on the road. Again, our first goal was Mcdonalds. We did the fastest packing job ever and headed … Continue reading The City of Angels
The flat tire day - August 14th, 2012 - 8/12 Day 32 (Second Half) – After we had everything taken care of at McDonalds we headed for Santa Barbara. We stopped first at Old Mission Santa Barbara. It’s this big mission that sits up on a hill overlooking the town. It was really pretty, but the tours were $5 so we skipped the tour … Continue reading The flat tire day
The Morning Report - August 12th, 2012 - 8/12 Day 32 – Despite the blinding light from the bathroom and the moonlight last night I slept pretty well. Ethan woke up at some point for a while and saw a shooting star. Maybe he should have made a wish for a stress free day because we could have used one this morning. We … Continue reading The Morning Report
Top Ten Bike Touring Tips: #10 - August 12th, 2012 - #10 Trust Your Instincts – Unless you are completely new to biking in general, you probably have a pretty good handle on common sense biking. So when you’re on a bike tour it’s especially important to trust your gut and use your common sense. If something doesn’t seem right or feels off to you stay … Continue reading Top Ten Bike Touring Tips: #10
The Last of the Hills - August 12th, 2012 - 8/11 Day 31- To explain the title, today was our last day of giant hills. After today we won’t have anything over 300ft. Yay! We woke up super early this morning around 6:15 (the earliest we have been up on purpose). We had about 60 miles to do and two pretty big hills. We left … Continue reading The Last of the Hills
Top Ten Bike Touring Tips: Honorable Mentions - August 11th, 2012 - So we decided that since we are nearing the end of this adventure we would share a bit of the wisdom we have gathered over the last month or so and from our last trip. Before we go any further we have to declare our disclaimer. *We are not professionals and all the advice we … Continue reading Top Ten Bike Touring Tips: Honorable Mentions
Easy breezy - August 10th, 2012 - 8/10 Day 30 – One month of bike riding! Woohoo! We woke up early this morning, but took our time getting ready. The rain fly had a bunch of condensation on the inside so we had to wait for it to dry. After we had packed up we headed for Morro Bay to attempt to … Continue reading Easy breezy
Decisions decisions - August 10th, 2012 - 8/8 Day 28 – Last night was rough… For me anyway. I woke up to a sniffing noise outside the tent. My mind immediately went to coyote or bobcat even though we were in the middle of town. It sounded like a dog and I couldn’t imagine someone would just let their dog wander around … Continue reading Decisions decisions
That wasn’t so bad, was it? - August 10th, 2012 - 8/9 Day 29 – We woke up a little late this morning, but we didn’t have too much packing to do. We got everything together pretty quickly and headed out. We still were not sure where we were going to stop today when left. We could either go 30ish miles and be one day behind … Continue reading That wasn’t so bad, was it?
Strawberry fields forever - August 8th, 2012 - 8/7 Day 27 – We woke up again to sunshine. Hooray! It was great given that I was sore from head to toe from my fall. We decided to get a super early start so we could have plenty of time to explore the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We’ve been looking forward to it for a … Continue reading Strawberry fields forever
Santa Cruzin’ - August 7th, 2012 - 8/6 Day 26 – We got up and the sun was shining so we were happy about that. It was actually kind of warm out, which never happens in the morning. We made sure to put lots of sunscreen on. We packed up and headed out. We were told that there was one or two … Continue reading Santa Cruzin’
Over the bridge, over again - August 7th, 2012 - 8/5 Day 25 – we got a pretty late start this morning even though we wanted to leave the city around 2. We didn’t actually leave the hotel until around 1 because we had to repack, put the toe clips on our pedals and grease my pedals. We also needed lunch so we walked to … Continue reading Over the bridge, over again
The Bay Area - August 7th, 2012 - 8/4 Day 24 – After a great nights sleep we woke up to more food. Yogurt, fruit and English muffins. We ate so much. We decided to try to leave kinda early so we could meet back up with Shawn eventually and have extra time to hang out in SF. We said our goodbyes and … Continue reading The Bay Area
Shoreline Highway - August 7th, 2012 - 8/1 Day 21 – Despite going to bed late we woke up feeling well rested. Ethan decided he was going to check out the beach, while I got ready for the day. While he was down there he spotted some seals and watched them for a while. They watched him too. He tried to get … Continue reading Shoreline Highway
Back to the coast - August 7th, 2012 - 7/31 Day 20 – That morning we got up and were dreading the two very big hills. The first was 2000ft in elevation so we had to climb 1200 ft on the first (we were already at 800ft). Then the second hill was 800ft, but there were about 14 miles between them. Before we got … Continue reading Back to the coast
Riding the struggle bus - August 5th, 2012 - 8/3 Day 23 – When we woke up after our very long day Ethan felt fine and I felt terrible. My legs were totally dead and I was exhausted. It took us a long time to get going this morning, but we didn’t have a long day so it wasn’t a big deal. We were … Continue reading Riding the struggle bus
One long day. - August 4th, 2012 - 8/2 Day 22 – More details. So today we we had two options for where we were going to stay at night. We could either go to a state park about 40 miles away or go to a state park about 70 miles away. I woke up really early, unfortunately, and finished blogging and charging … Continue reading One long day.
Where are all the blogs? - August 3rd, 2012 - 8/2 Day 22 – So you may be wondering why we haven’t posted blog entries for the last few days. If you’re not wondering then feel free to disregard this entry. :] Anyway, we wanted to offer a brief description of our lack of blogging for our readers. First, I (Skye) do all the blog … Continue reading Where are all the blogs?
It’s really hot hot hot - August 1st, 2012 - 7/30 Day 19 – When we woke up the sun was shining and we were excited to see more Redwoods. We rode on the Avenue of Giants for about 12 miles. It was pretty hot so right before we got on 101 we pulled over to check out a swimming spot on the river. It … Continue reading It’s really hot hot hot
Avenue of the Giants - August 1st, 2012 - 7/29 Day 18 – Woohoo! We have reached the half way point! Wellll kind of… We planned on this trip being 36 days of riding. So as long as we stay on schedule we’re half way done :]. This morning we took our sweet time getting ready. We thought that we might sleep in really … Continue reading Avenue of the Giants
Target, Super 8 & Applebee’s Oh My - July 29th, 2012 - 7/28 Day 17 – Today we got off to an early start so we could get to Eureka with plenty of day left. We got up at 8 and left by 9. We made it to Trinidad by lunch time which was a little over half way to Eureka. We stopped at a market for … Continue reading Target, Super 8 & Applebee’s Oh My
The air up there. - July 29th, 2012 - 7/27 Day 16 – Today started out gloomy and wet. It wasn’t raining though so we didn’t have to pack inside the tent. We did our usual routine and tried to dry the rain fly out as much as possible. Once we got it as dry as we could we got out of there. ASAP. … Continue reading The air up there.
Going going back back to Cali Cali! - July 27th, 2012 - 7/26 Day 15 – Well…. We did it! We made it to California! We are only a few miles past the border, but we’re on California soil and that’s all that matters. This morning Ethan decided he couldn’t leave Humbug Mountain State Park without hiking the actual mountain. I opted out of the 6 mile … Continue reading Going going back back to Cali Cali!
Sun and Sand - July 26th, 2012 - 7/24 Day 13 – We woke up to blue sky’s again, which was awesome. We took our time getting ready because we had such a late night. We didn’t have much planned for the day other than we wanted to see the sand dunes. They stretch for miles and miles down the coast, but 101 … Continue reading Sun and Sand
California Dreamin’ - July 25th, 2012 - 7/25 Day 14 – We woke up in the cold and wet today. It really sucked. Not to mention we were surrounded by babies and other people. We ate breakfast in the tent to stay dry for as long as possible. Again, we packed everything quickly and then took our loaded bikes to the bathroom … Continue reading California Dreamin’
Tailwinds and Thor’s Well - July 24th, 2012 - 7/23 Day 12 – There was a lot we wanted to see on this particular day so when we got up we got out of there quickly. We packed up everything and ate breakfast while packing. The bathrooms were on our way out so we brought our bikes down with all our gear. We left … Continue reading Tailwinds and Thor’s Well
The Three Capes - July 23rd, 2012 - 7/22 Day 11 – Today started out a little slow. We woke up around 8, but didn’t leave the campground until 10. Right off the bat we had a very large hill to climb – Cape Lookout. It took us an hour to go 3.4 miles up, but only 10 minutes to go 3.4 miles … Continue reading The Three Capes
A day in the life…. - July 22nd, 2012 - So we’ve decided that in addition to our blogs about our days we’d like to explain how our days usually go. Basically, how we get from one place to the next starting from the time we wake until the time we go to sleep. Morning: Ethan is usually the first one up. He deflates his … Continue reading A day in the life….
Say Cheese!! - July 22nd, 2012 - 7/21 Day 10 – Today we woke up to a soaking wet tent. This is annoying because you really shouldn’t put your tent away wet so we always try to dry it out as much as possible. We weren’t really in any hurry and I still felt like crap so it wasn’t a big deal, … Continue reading Say Cheese!!
rain, rain go away - July 21st, 2012 - 7/20 Day 9 – Today started out like usual. We woke up and Ethan decided to shower so I stayed in bed for a while. He got breakfast started (oatmeal pretty much every day) then I finished it up, while he packed up the tent and all his stuff. We ate, brushed our teeth and … Continue reading rain, rain go away
Water under the bridge… - July 21st, 2012 - 7/19 Day 8 – Well I got my wish for a short day today! We took our time getting ready this morning, which was really nice. We did a load of laundry, had breakfast and got our phones all charged up. Having clean clothes is awesome so we decided to take advantage of the campground’s … Continue reading Water under the bridge…
Thoughts on Washington - July 20th, 2012 - Now that we are in Oregon we wanted to take some time and look back on our ride through Washington and how we liked it. The easiest way to do this, for us, is to list the things we liked/didn’t like and explain. Here goes! Liked1. The Olympic Peninsula- we liked it because it is … Continue reading Thoughts on Washington
To the border!! - July 19th, 2012 - 7/18 Day 7 – We went to bed last night thinking we would get an early start today since we knew it would be a long day. The weather, however, had different plans. It rained pretty much all night and until about 8:30 this morning. I woke up at 7 but there wasn’t much we … Continue reading To the border!!
in the misty morning fog - July 18th, 2012 - 7/17 Day 6- This morning we woke up in the fog. It was misty and cold. We tried to hang up some of our stuff to dry over night but that didn’t work out too well… Bummer. We knew it would be a long day so we made breakfast and got on our way. We … Continue reading in the misty morning fog
who calls a 33 mile bike ride an easy day? - July 17th, 2012 - We definitely consider 33 miles an easy day. Unless it’s all up hill or it’s a “day 4.” We woke up this morning in no rush. It had rained last night so we moved all our stuff into the sunlight to dry, made breakfast and all that good stuff. It’s always nice not to have … Continue reading who calls a 33 mile bike ride an easy day?
The Day 4 Blues - July 16th, 2012 - 7/15 – We’ll start this off by explaining the title. On our last bike tour day 4 was the worst day of the trip. It was the day our legs and butts hurt the worst and our morale was very low. We seriously considered stopping the trip and I shed a few tears. It is … Continue reading The Day 4 Blues
slow and steady wins the race? - July 16th, 2012 - 7/14 (Day 3) After our very long day getting to Port Angeles we decided to take it easy on this day and hang out in Port Angeles for a while with Colby and Dave. They made us a delicious breakfast and then took us on the Port Angeles tour. First, we went downtown to pick … Continue reading slow and steady wins the race?
thunder bolt of lightning very very frightening! - July 14th, 2012 - 7/13- We woke up this morning around 8am at Kitsap Memorial Park. We knew it would be a short easy day so we took our time getting ready (little did we know that this day had other plans for us). We left the park around 10. We thought that we heard thunder in the distance … Continue reading thunder bolt of lightning very very frightening!
we’re not in Michigan anymore… - July 13th, 2012 - We finally began our much anticipated bike journey today! Before we start going on about biking we’ll start where the last post left off…. we never actually went back to sleep on the train, which sucked but we were going through some really cool terrain so we decided to eat breakfast. Everyone on the train … Continue reading we’re not in Michigan anymore…
WTF mate?! - July 12th, 2012 - So it’s 5:53am Pacific Time. Needless to say we’re very tired. We are stopped in Sand Point, Idaho, which we should have reached at 11:50pm last night. That means we are 6 whole hours behind schedule – it also means that we will most likely not get to Seattle until around 4:30pm (the coach attendant … Continue reading WTF mate?!
Welcome to Nowhere, USA - July 12th, 2012 - It’s day two of our journey aboard the Empire builder. Upon Ethan’s request I will attempt to spell better and spell check when I’m done. :] This morning was a little rough. I slept for about 6 hours, while Ethan’s sleep was less successful. We woke up at 6 and forced ourselves to sleep longer. … Continue reading Welcome to Nowhere, USA
All aboard the Hogwart’s Express!!! - July 12th, 2012 - Helllllloooo! Apologies for the delay in posting yesterday’s installment of the Daily Prophet (aka our blog for you muggles out there). We arrived in the Windy City around 10pm central time. We hung out with Stevie, Jordan and Steve for a bit before headed to bed for some much needed pre-train ride rest. In the … Continue reading All aboard the Hogwart’s Express!!!



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