October 23, 2014

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

Total so far: 2976 miles

I awoke this morning with only one objective, to finish this cycling adventure as I had set out, at “Pre’s Rock” in Eugene Oregon. Pre’s Rock is on the aptly named Skyline Drive, where the curvy and hilly road overlook the City of Eugene below. Pre’s Rock is a shrine to Steve Prefonta...

October 22, 2014

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

80 miles – Total so far: 2976 miles

Everything had to fall in line perfectly today. I had planned the inland route between Florence and Eugene OR, knowing it would be long, but made longer due to the safer, but higher mileage route via Highway 36.

I left Florence at 5am sharp, roughly two-hours before sunrise....

October 17, 2014

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

48 miles – Total so far: 2896 miles

Today was a marvelously easy and enjoyable ride from Coos Bay OR to Florence OR. The hills were manageable, the headwinds were moderate, the terrain was inland and beautiful, and the distance was low-moderate.

The landscape was primarily thick pine forest ridges with an occa...

October 16, 2014

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

65 miles – Total so far: 2848 miles

So after seeing red berries for miles all over the shoulder of US101 outside of Bandon OR, I began to wonder what I was seeing, and why. It all became clear a few minutes later when I witnessed an open bed truck, loaded to the hilt with ……. cranberries, flying through the h...

October 15, 2014

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

53 miles – Total so far: 2783 miles

Undoubtedly, Oregon has some of the most spectacular coastlines and sweeping Pacific panoramas I have ever seen, and I’ve only been here a day-and-a-half! The mountains that seem to simply disappear into the Pacific, the jagged cliffs, and the churning surf all make this a...

October 13, 2014

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

54 miles – Total so far: 2730 miles

Left the beautiful country around Klamath CA before sunrise to get a head start on the rainy afternoon forecast. I must say that Klamath is so far one of my favorite places on this tour. Beautiful mountains, huge pine trees, salmon-filled streams. Pretty dang awesome. On my...

October 10, 2014

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

60 miles – Total so far: 2676 miles

Today was one of those days on a bike when you just hunker down, stick out your bottom jaw a bit further, and tough it out. The rain forecast in Northern California was 100%, and the forecast was spot-on. I left Arcata CA promptly at 7am in a downpour, and arrived in Klamat...

October 9, 2014

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

61 miles – Total so far: 2616 miles

First, the good news.  I experienced a rare Southerly tailwind today, and took great advantage of it. The locals I’ve spoken with will tell you that the wind is typically from the North, unless a storm is moving in.  More on that later.  The day started on the latter half o...

October 8, 2014

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

50 miles – Total so far: 2555 miles

I want to tell you about lunch today. I had two whole wheat tortillas, a couple of tablespoons of Skippy peanut butter, a bear claw pastry, and a banana. Not a hugely big deal, right?  What was particularly unique about this lunch is that I had it smack dab in the middle of...

October 7, 2014

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

43 miles – Total so far: 2505 miles

Today wasn’t necessarily a day I was looking forward to. The short mileage was deceiving, given the terrain that lay ahead. Ask any adventure cyclist on the Pacific Coast Highway about Leggett Hill, and they will all tell you the same thing. It’s challenging. Actually, it’s...

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