Trip report: touring the Pacific Coast on a Co-Motion with my 10-year old.
For those who are interested, here is a blog of my recent tour down the Pacific coast ona Co-motion Periscope Torpedo with my 10 year old daughter and 75 year old father who was riding his recumbent.
We rode from Astoria Oregon to San Francisco, skipping a bit of the Central Oregon coast when we got behind due to rain.
Most of the gear was hauled with a Bob trailer which I upgraded the tire on to a Schwabe with lower rolling resistance. On the bike I had an ortlieb handlebar bag and a Bontrager rear rack and trunk bag. Other than the seats, the bike was stock.
We had zero mechanical issues with the tandem and only very minor issues with the recumbent (a flat and a broken hose clamp on the seat attachment). All the gear worked great except for the Ortlieb map holder which is about the stupidest Rube Goldberg thing ever invented. it is this double-folding velcro thing attached with clips and elastic straps. Why they don't use a siple ziplock closure like all the waterproof smart phone and tablet bags I don't know.
The biggest decision was panniers vs Bob. I'm glad I went with the trailer as riding long distances with squirmy and sometimes inattentive adolescent meant the weight would shift at times with no warning. In retrospect I probably hauled more gear than necessary. So it goes. My system was to put all the camping gear in the Bob dry sack (tent, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, etc.) that I knew I wouldnt be getting into during the day and then stack on top a North Face duffel with all of our clothes. Both bags were only about half full instead of jamming one bag all the way full. And I used Eagle Creek travel cubes to keep all our clothes organized inside the duffel. Worked quite well. The North Face duffel is perfectly sized to stack on top of a Bob and has lots of compression straps to cinch the thing down into a compact stable bundle. I used webbing bands rather than bungee cords to lash everything down so I could get things tighter and more stable.
The bike and trailer was very stable up to 38 moh on the descents. I never pushed it past that speed and mostly rode the brakes on the steep stuff and kept the speed to around 30 or slower.
All in all a great trip over some incredibly scenic but steep terrain. The only really hairy spots were on some of the northern CA sections of 101 before CA 1 diverges back towards the coast and on a few sections of CA 1 approaching SF.
Excuse the typos, I'm typing on an an iPad.
That's excellent! I enjoyed reading it and checking out the pictures.
That's why I always skip out on the portion of 101 just north of Leggett and take to the Lost Coast instead. However, with a heavy load, a youngster as stoker and a 'bent, you would have been walking for a spell up Wildcat Ridge, Wilder Ridge and Usul Rd.
Originally Posted by texasdiver
Last edited by B. Carfree; 07-15-13 at 11:49 PM.
I looked at the profile for the lost coast and thought the better of it. The hills were tough enough for us as it was. 101 actually has a pretty wide shoulder in most places. It is where the freeway vanishes and goes back to 2 lane in places that it gets really hairy.
Originally Posted by B. Carfree
Great report - your family has memories to treasure forever.
You are a lucky man.