In 2 months I'm starting a 6-7 week cycling trip from Canada to Mexico along the Pacific Coast Highway (roughly 1900 miles).
You could take highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) all the way down the coast and hit most of the scenic places.
Eureka (Giant Redwoods), Napa, Sonoma (wine country), Pt. Reyes, Bolinas(National seashore, lighthouse), San Francisco(speaks for itself), Monterey (Dlowan is there as we speak, John Steinbeck, Monterey Aquarium, Cannery Row), Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Boardwalk and Big Dipper roller coaster), Pacific Grove (monarch butterfly migration stopover), San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara (Solvang - Swedish village), San Juan Capistrano (return of the swallows, mission franchsise), Los Angeles (speaks for itself), San Diego (zoo, military bases) , and on down the coast.
It isn't the safest route for a bicycle ride, so watch your self, especially in the summer months when the crowds flood the coastal cities.
Hi, MAP, glad to see you.
Give me/us more clues of your interests.
If I remember, you're kind of the opposite of a foodie, as in not that interested in food except as fuel. Has that changed, do you have any interest in either cafes or wineries? Sounds like you are more into restaurants now. I've a lot of opinions on those, not that you have to like what I like, but as a start for your googling.
Like or hate or are neutral about cities? small towns? I have batches of towns I have liked, on the smaller side.
Interested in building structures/architecture at all?
Want to completely avoid touristy places? OK with one or two?
Like the beauty of landscape or are bored by it?
Like or don't care about museums/galleries, etc.
Oddities, oh, yeah. One or two of those I'd avoid...
Quote:In 2 months I'm starting a 6-7 week cycling trip from Canada to Mexico along the Pacific Coast Highway (roughly 1900 miles).
I have only done the Monterey south part, but biking this sounds scary to me having driven it a bunch and watching how people drive.
You have researched this correct?
I have a friends that completed this same trek a couple summers ago and didn't express any special concerns with traffic.
I have not lived there for 15 years, perhaps drivers are more aware and considerate now. That trip sounds like a lot of fun. How long do you figure it will take? Why do you happen to have the time? What have you been doing to get physically ready?
If I average 60 miles per day and take 1-2 days off a week
The total length of the signed bike
route is 370 miles (595 km). It can
be lengthened to 380 miles (610
km) by taking the alternate Three
Capes Scenic Route. On average,
most cyclists take six to eight days
to tour the coast, by cycling 50 to 65
miles (80 to 105 km) per day.
This is a reasonable rate, due to the
mountainous nature of the coast: the
total rise and fall is close to 16,000
feet (4900 m)
I'm finishing up nursing school in a couple weeks and quitting my corporate job of 16 years, so this summer is wide open. When I get back from the trip, I'll be in my new career.
Sounds like you did your homework
maporsche wrote:I'm finishing up nursing school in a couple weeks and quitting my corporate job of 16 years, so this summer is wide open. When I get back from the trip, I'll be in my new career.
Will you be blogging this trip?