Itinerant Red Reverend
Biking from Vancouver to Western Mexico
A buddy and me are riding the pacific coast at the end of this month. We've got adventurecycling maps and gear down, but I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions about route or food in particular. I haven't done a ride that's as remote as parts of Washington and Oregon and I'm not sure how to pack for it food wish (other than dehydrated veggies and basic carbs.) Also the adventurecycling maps seem to takes us mostly along the 101, do you guys have any better ideas?
We have done it a couple of ways: 1) Vancouver to Powell River, across to Vancouver Island, down to Victoria, Port Angelese, Hood Canal, Astoria..........; 2) Tsawwassen, Vancouver Island, Victoria.......
I would recommend the Hood Canal route, rather than the Coastal Washington Route. It is just as scenic (maybe better), and a lot of the road was reconstructed a couple of years ago with good shoulders. Once you hit Oregon there is not a lot of choice for the coast except Highway 101. You won't be very far from stores on any of the Washington and Oregon Route. You can probably resupply every day, with a few exceptions. I don't know about California, but hopefully you can tell us because we are doing that segment next month.
We usually carry one freeze dried dinner as "emergency "rations. If it is used at all, it is because we were too lazy to ride into town or forgot to stop when we passed a market. There is usually enough other stuff in our paniers for another meal in a pinch.
Itinerant Red Reverend
That's nice to know. I was afraid I'd be stuck dehydrating all day and night.
Go down the east side of the Olympic Penninsuhela/west side of Puget Sound, then Hood Canal. Cut over to Aberdeen/Hoquiam and start down 101. There's a good route description in Bicycling the Pacific Coast by Kirkendall/Spring.
There are store and restaurants all along the way. If you work it right you won't have to carry much food very far. I did this route and tried to stop at the last resupply place (grocery store) before reaching the campground each night. In most cases it was within 10 miles (?)
This is a wonderful route, although it's best done in July and August to avoid rain. Bring rain gear and make sure your tent is waterproof. I'd also recommend bringing enough money for some motel rooms during periods of extended rain, which can get depressing.