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Updated October 26, 2008
From mid-September - mid-October 2008, six of us (Beth, Tom, Bruce, Benj, Candy, and I—all Odyssey riders) biked down the Oregon and California coast, from Astoria, OR to Los Angeles CA. We were joined in the northern section by Patricia and Joe, and in the southern section by my Mom and Dad (and, briefly, my sister Rachel). Russ joined us for part of the time, although he didn't ride.
It was a great ride! And I'm finally finished posting all my pictures.
This was the planned daily overnight stops and mileage. (For the most part, we stuck to the itinerary.)
Next to Odyssey 2000, one of my favorite bike rides was riding down the West Coast in 1998 with TK&A. It was my first long-distance bike ride, and the scenery was spectacular (when it wasn't raining). I met some great people, the staff was wonderful, and I just had a lot of fun. Unfortunately, like Odyssey, the mileage each day was such that I didn't really get a chance to go slow and get the most out of each day. So I'm doing it again.
Here's the plan:
We will ride south from Astoria (top of Oregon) to Los Angeles
Approximately 50 - 60 miles a day
September 14th - October 12, 2008.
We'll be camping. If you would prefer do avoid tents, I have identified yurts/cabins/nearby motels for each night where you can make reservations -- details here.
We will be cooking dinner in the campgrounds, and providing a cold breakfast with hot water for tea/coffee/oatmeal.
Everyone takes turns being staff -- drive the van with luggage to the next site, make sure the campsite is available, get dinner ready, etc. (How often depends on how many riders there are.)
There will be four layover days in hotels or cabins. No staff, no cooking, no plans.
No road support, although staffer will sweep everyone in at the end of the day, if necessary. And if there are parts that can't be bicycled, we'll have the staffer transport us.
Costs: $11 per day + lodging. The goal is to keep it as cheap as possible (hence the camping and cooking). It's an estimate to cover dinner, breakfast, gas, propane, etc. Anything left over (doubtful, at this point) will be returned. Lodging costs for Oregon will be about $85 (single) $120 (couple); Northern California is about $225 (single) $300 (couple); and Southern California is about $480 (single) $380 (couple).
Daily itinerary here - includes daily mileage.
Leg 1: The Oregon Coast (view map of route) (Notes and pictures of my scouting trip)
September 14 (Sunday) - 19 (Friday)
6 biking days; 62 miles per day average
Saturday the 20th is a layover day at Brookings, and anyone who
has only a week and wants to do this part will get a ride to the nearest
train/bus station (which I think is over Grant's Pass to Medford). If we
coordinate things, we could also pick up anyone who wants to join us for
the next leg.
Leg 2: Northern California (view map of route)
September 21 (Monday) - September 30 (Wednesday)
9 biking days, 1 layover day; 48 miles per day average
Ending in San Francisco for another layover day.
Leg 3: Southern California (view map or route)
October 2 (Thursday) - October 12 (Sunday)
10 biking days, 1 layover day; 50 miles per day average
Ending in Los Angeles, assuming it hasn't burned down. I'm planning to take the train back to Seattle. We will also coordinate if people have left their cars in Astoria to get them back there.
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