I am starting in Oregon and I plan on going as far south on the Pacific coast trail as possible. I have a few limitations and I'd like some thoughts/suggestions/warnings. If everything goes as planned I will give myself 45 days for the 1500 mile trip to san diego. The bike I am on is a '86 univega. I plan on going solo. I can't really afford a stove. Any thoughts on the availability of food that doesn't need to be prepared, assuming I won't eat in any establishments? I commute by bike and rode to Seattle recently but other than that I don't have time to train for this ride. My rear wheel is solid but the front is of such low-quality that I am concerned how far it will carry me. At any point I can abandon this trip and get on a train home.
My packlist will look something like this:
personal: sun and butt goo, some basic first aid
safety: map, compass, phone, loads of lights and reflective gear
clothing wise: quick dry clothes but no rain jacket or rain pants, wool gloves, glasses, gortex booties for my feet, some wool outer layers, wool socks
tools/repair: cables, allen, tubes, patches, perhaps an extra tire, spokes
and finally I have two small tarps, good rope, and a solid sleeping bag.
What are your thoughts on the feasibility of this? I'm not determined to make it as far south as san diego but without a goal I won't get anywhere. My gear and finances are my biggest limitations. I'm young and in good shape, don't have any knee problems, and I have been riding hard and for a couple of hours everyday for about two years now.
I appreciate you reading this and anything you can say to add to the dialogue.