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Old 08-18-17, 08:10 AM   #26
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A lot of my bike trips are planned around other, annual or periodic, non-biking plans, and, as a result, there's a fair amount of repeating, but I do try to shake things up.
There's a music festival 40-50 miles away that I bike to and camp at a couple of times a year. Hardly counts as a tour, but I'm usually at least as loaded up as I am for any other bike trip. I vary the route, but there's only so much you can do. Last year, though, I left a couple of days early and took a more round about way there, which was fun.

Biked to the coast a couple of times and took a different route each time.

I camp every year in central Ohio, and I've worked a bike trip into that plan a few times. Once I flew into Cincinnati and biked there, and once I flew into Cleveland and biked there, but the closest point to fly to is Columbus. Somehow my plans to bike directly from Columbus to camp always go awry, but I do expect that particular route to be repeated a bit, but so far I've only done it twice, and 20-some years apart, so it was a very different experience.

After this year's camping trip, I biked to Pittsburgh and then down the GAP to Cumberland. It was a great trip, and the GAP was easy riding, so this fall I'm going to repeat the GAP section with my wife, my aunt, and my uncle, but last time I camped, and this time we'll be staying at hotels and B&Bs along the way, so that will be a very different trip as well. Because I'm traveling from the same part of Ohio back to Raleigh every year, there's a lot opportunity for repetition, and I expect parts of the route will be repeated more than once, but there's still room for variety. (For instance, I'll probably never camp at Ohiopyle again, and should have listened to @spinnaker to begin with. ;-) ) Next year I'm already thinking of catching the train in Cleveland, getting off in Cumberland, and riding the C&O to DC.

So, yeah, I'll repeat a tour, but I haven't tried to repeat it exactly in terms of route and stops. I would, if that made the most sense. Like the others have said, no trip is quite the same, even if you follow the same path.
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I never said this is going to happen this year. Road is supposed to be repaired in September.
Just the bridge (which you can already get around on foot through the campsite), not the slide.
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Just the bridge (which you can already get around on foot through the campsite), not the slide.

In the works

Reopening the way to Big Sur: Road to be built over Mud Creek slide | 89.3 KPCC

I am hoping it will be open by next September.

Hard to believe they are considering a road over the slide. I can't see how that is going to be stable.

On one hand the road needs to be reopen for the sake of those along the road. On the other hand, there are so many times Caltrans is going to be able to afford to repair it.
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I was just there a couple of days ago.

http://www.bikeforums.net/touring/11...-sur-news.html

It was a repeat (subset) of a tour I did before, FWIW (back in 1988). Hard to think of a nicer place for a re-run.
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I was just there a couple of days ago.

http://www.bikeforums.net/touring/11...-sur-news.html

It was a repeat (subset) of a tour I did before, FWIW (back in 1988). Hard to think of a nicer place for a re-run.

Are there zero alternatives for getting around the slide (besides the inside roads)? I remember reading something about a helicopter but I think that was to get around the bridge??
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As far as I am aware, heading inland at Lucia (or further north, eg Monterey) is the only option. I am sure you could pay someone to take you around it in a boat or helicopter. They won't let you get anywhere near the slide (like to try to gravel-bike over it).
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As far as I am aware, heading inland at Lucia .
Looks like an option. Lucia has a motel and restaurant. So good starting point (I like to limit my daily milage to 60 miles or less and no camping). I think I have eaten lunch there. Wonder what the road conditions are like on that road to 101???

Google maps says

This route has restricted usage or private roads. for bicycles and

Your destination is on CA-1 N, which is closed now for cars.

Ragged Point is pretty awesome but I don't remember much awesomeness between Lucia and Ragged Point so you wouldn't be missing too much if I remember correctly.


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Yeah, I talked to the proprietor of that place in Lucia for awhile and tried to spend a bit of money. I think they are really hurting. The road inland is rough and includes a 4000 ft climb. There was a heavily-laden guy with a Surly LHT going that way when I was there. The route between Lucia and Ragged Pt. is quite spectacular, but pretty similar to what is between Monterey and Lucia. The Inn at Ragged Pt. was a pleasant surprise. We stayed there one night on a car trip. I thought it would be a tourist trap, which it was -- it trapped us -- but by far the nicest one I have been to.
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Stayed at Ragged Point also. I thought it was excellent. The restaurant was very good too. I sure hope the road is fully open by next September.

I found this on that road
https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopi...alifornia.html

does not look real promising.
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Just got back from a non bike vacation where I took the Empire Builder across country. I feel in love with train travel. I think I might want to start combining my passion for touring with my new love of train travel.

Assuming the funding continues, I would like to take the Zephyr across country. That would mean a repeat of my tour of the California coast from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, though I will likely stop in San Luis Opisbo this time and just take the train to LA. I really don't want to repeat the same tour, as there are so many places on my list to go including the Icefields Parkway, but then again I really want to make that train trip back home.

I did enjoy my California coast trip. The Oregon coast had more ocean view opportunities but even though there were less chances to see the ocean on the CA coast, what was there was simply spectacular. Not to mention the food was fantastic all along the route.

So have you ever repeated a tour? Are you glad you did it?
My bf has done Seattle to San Diego twice. He did different routes though. First time he followed the coast and second time he followed the I-5 corridor. We do an annual ride from Portland to Eugene on the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway but not sure we'll be able to do it this year.

@Ty0604 broke his scaphoid last Thursday after a car bumped his back tire and threw him from his bike downtown. The second time he's been hit in 6 months. Has a cast for at least 6 weeks. Maybe longer cause the scaphoid is a hard bone to heal correctly.
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@Ty0604 broke his scaphoid last Thursday after a car bumped his back tire and threw him from his bike downtown. The second time he's been hit in 6 months. Has a cast for at least 6 weeks. Maybe longer cause the scaphoid is a hard bone to heal correctly.
I finally stopped being distracted by your avatar and saw this. I am really so sorry to hear that! Arrrgggh.
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I finally stopped being distracted by your avatar and saw this. I am really so sorry to hear that! Arrrgggh.
ha! Sexy tortoise, huh? On a serious note, it sucks. He was finally over his fear of riding in traffic following February's accident. I'm sure he'll get over this too but it's another set back mentally. Especially if he ends up needing surgery.
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(For instance, I'll probably never camp at Ohiopyle again, and should have listened to @spinnaker to begin with. ;-) ) Next year I'm already thinking of catching the train in Cleveland, getting off in Cumberland, and riding the C&O to DC.
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ha! Sexy tortoise, huh? On a serious note, it sucks. He was finally over his fear of riding in traffic following February's accident. I'm sure he'll get over this too but it's another set back mentally. Especially if he ends up needing surgery.
Oy. Is the fracture closer to the thumb or wrist?

I still haven't recovered mentally from my 4.5 year old ankle fracture, so I know the feeling.
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Oy. Is the fracture closer to the thumb or wrist?

I still haven't recovered mentally from my 4.5 year old ankle fracture, so I know the feeling.
The thumb. Clean break.

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The thumb.
That location is more likely to not need surgery (good blood flow, etc), so let's hope he can dodge the bullet -- or screw.
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That location is more likely to not need surgery (good blood flow, etc), so let's hope he can dodge the bullet -- or screw.
His orthopedic surgeon said he's never seen a break like that. And he's been there for 35 years. Said it wasn't bad. Just hadn't seen it before.
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His orthopedic surgeon said he's never seen a break like that. And he's been there for 35 years. Said it wasn't bad. Just hadn't seen it before.
I'm a med school drop-out, so listen to him, not me. Anyway, I hope he heals quickly (physically and in terms of the fear-factor).
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I'm a med school drop-out, so listen to him, not me. Anyway, I hope he heals quickly (physically and in terms of the fear-factor).
I'll pass on your message Thanks for the concern!
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A more bittersweet repeat -
I rode through Washtucna, Washington on my first cross-country back in 1987.
I was heading from Pasco to Spokane and stayed at the little motel.
Last summer I was riding a different Highway 26, but stopped in Washtucna -
But the motel was long gone - only a dirt lot - and most of town was boarded up.

So, yes, there are definite advantages in seeing the same places.
No trip is ever the same - with new and, perhaps, more subtle understandings out there.
I passed through Washtucna in '89. I'm amazed anyone else has ever found themselves there. My wife and I were heading for that same hotel. It was a Friday night and we found most of the townsfolk at the local tavern. After chatting for an hour or so, they insisted that we not go to the hotel. Apparently it had become the local house of prostitution. They told us they would leave the bathrooms open in the park (it had a pool, as I recall, but I don't see that on Google now) and as long as we got out before the sprinklers came on in the morning all would be good.
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I've been down the Pacific Coast from Reedsport (west of Eugene) to the Russian River too many times to count, largely because my family is in Davis. Each trip is unique. Sometimes I lollygag along, sometimes I only have five days to cover the 750 miles. They're all good although the best one was on a tandem with my wife when we chose to start each day between 2:30 and 3:30 AM. It was truly wonderful. Full moons on clear nights above the ocean are not to be missed.

We were doing so much night riding simply to avoid the summer traffic, which my wife really hates. As an added bonus, the ubiquitous trucks on 101 in Oregon are much more considerate in the wee hours than they are later in the day.
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I ride the C&O towpath every year. Pretty much the same ride, but the places I sleep and the weather is different each time. Hurricane one year, near 100F another, and in the 20s at night yet another. Ridden both directions and usually do it in two days plus a short day on either end. Having the train to get me to Cumberland or back home has made logistics much easier. Looking to do it over Labor Day weekend this year if the weather cooperates. Trains are booked heading out, but are still available for the return, so it looks like starting at home and returning by train.
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No. There are just too many other tours out there that I want to take. If I repeat one, that means that I'm missing something I've never done....waste of my precious time.
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sorry...my mistake. first reading thought you wanted
to train to cali then ride, but didn't want to repeat a
section of tour along the coast to or from san fran.

in that case, go inland, board the train in reno.

Well looks like I might not be repeating my tour of the CA coast after all. At first I thought this was a nutty idea as google maps was routing me up I80. But then I got turned on to State Route 88 that takes you up to Tahoe.

The good news is there are a number of resorts / hotel to stay along the way. And I can keep my days nice and short in the event of bad weather and to allow for exploring in the event of good weather. And my schedule allow me to arrive in Rerno long before the train leaves so there is no need to overnight in Reno.

And I won't need to worry if Route 1` is going to be open but I sure hope it is for the sake of the folks with businesses along the way.
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I ride the C&O towpath every year. the weather is different each time. Hurricane one year, near 100F another, and in the 20s at night yet another.
I can see why you keep coming back.
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