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Old 04-17-11, 04:19 PM
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Looking for bike partners to tour from Seattle to San Diego in September

Hi everyone! My name is Mike and I am in the early stages of planning a bike trip from Seattle to San Diego during the month of September. I've fallen in love with the idea but I've had a hard time convincing any of my bike friends to make the journey with me (apparently skipping the first month of the fall semester or asking for a month off from work is typically unacceptable). So long story short, I'm looking for some fellow bike touring enthusiasts who would be interested in joining me.

My story is that I'll be finishing grad school in August (MS in Optics) and want to do some adventuring before entering the real world.

So how 'bout it!? Is anyone interested? And does anyone know any other forums for finding biking partners?

Cheers!
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Old 04-17-11, 04:57 PM
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If your friends do not join you they are going to be sorry they didn't. You are going to have a fantastic time. This is one of the most beautiful areas of the country. The best way to see it is in the saddle of a bicycle.

I was very hesitant about getting into touring myself but now I am very glad I did.

FYI, there is no reason to go to San Diego. You would be better to stop in SBA or SLO.
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thanks for the feedback, i think my buddies would definitely be missing out! i'm still hoping to get a couple of them in on this. out of curiosity, is the ride from LA to San Diego unpleasant or uneventful?
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Old 04-17-11, 06:55 PM
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I would say both. Pretty much nothing but highway.
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Old 04-17-11, 07:48 PM
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I will be in Reedsport on Sept.8th heading south. The way it sounds to me we will be seeing many riders along the way. You should be able to join up with other riders if you want. Have fun I will!
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ooh it sounds like we'll be darn near crossing paths! are you riding with a group? and i think you're right, i'm encouraged to hear that there are lots of folks riding the coast. that definitely gives me some confidence that I will be able to join forces with another biker or bike group!
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Old 04-18-11, 03:32 AM
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No group but I will be meeting up with a rider at Crater Lake and then riding to the coast. If everything works out we will ride together along the coast. The good thing about riding alone is you can always find someone that you enjoy riding with along the way if you want.
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Old 04-18-11, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by joel2old View Post
No The good thing about riding alone is you can always find someone that you enjoy riding with along the way if you want.
Just be aware that in September you're getting near the end of the riding season; most folks have gone back to work/school by Labor Day. I rode from SF to LA after Labor Day in 2009 and probably only crossed paths with a half-dozen groups of riders. I did a credit card tour rather than camping, so it's possible that I just missed everyone... but given the lack of tourists in general, I doubt it.

I've been toying with doing the same trip again this year, but my plans haven't solidified yet...
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good to know. i'll be going the camping route to save money / the enjoyment of camping. sstorkel, if you end up doing the ride, let me know!
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Old 04-19-11, 10:15 AM
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I started out solo in Portland and ended up with 3 riding partners, the first two a couple I met in Astoria (coincidentally a guy who had also just finished grad school, and his new wife). I doubt you'll have any trouble meeting people to ride with, especially if you're camping. It's darned near impossible not to meet other touring cyclists in the hiker/biker campsites. September should be a perfect time to go as well. The summer hordes of campers/RVers will have gone home for the most part. I rode through Oregon in August and the traffic was very heavy. Passed Labor Day in California and the traffic dropped off dramatically after that.
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You can look for partners on www.adventurecycling.org (also they sell bike maps) or www.crazyguyonabike.com - both have companions wanted sections.

But, as others have said, go ahead and go alone - either you will find others to ride with or you will not, but either way you'll have a great time. I found it is much nicer to be alone than to ride with someone you don't know & like in advance, just for the sake of not being alone. If you meet people on the road, then you can choose to ride with them if you like them, and part ways if you do not.

I disagree that SB-SD is not worth doing. It's not a highlight of the coast, but it's not "all highway" by any means - there's a lot of coastal bike path - and if you are wanting to ride the whole coast, go for it! If you run out of time and can't do that part, you're not missing out that much, but there's no strong reason to skip it in my opinion.
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I went by myself from Victoria last year at the end of August. Didn't meet many bikers in Washington, but in Oregon there were at least 8 bikers in every camp. After Labour
Day there were dozens heading south. Just go!!
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I should be at Bullards Beach State Park on Sept. 9th. Knock on wood! Look me up.

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i will do just that Joel! as the date draws near i'll keep in touch. and thanks everyone for the VERY encouraging thoughts. i like the idea of avoiding some of the tourists and traffic by doing this ride after labor day. question: is there a good resource for the locations of biker / hiker campsites?
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question: is there a good resource for the locations of biker / hiker campsites?
Bicycling the Pacific Coast by Vicky Spring and Tom Kirkendall?
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Old 04-20-11, 12:21 AM
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i will do just that Joel! as the date draws near i'll keep in touch. and thanks everyone for the VERY encouraging thoughts. i like the idea of avoiding some of the tourists and traffic by doing this ride after labor day. question: is there a good resource for the locations of biker / hiker campsites?
For the OR section, just Google "Oregon Coast bike route ODOT". The first hit is the ODOT information that includes a map and a very handy location list of all state campgrounds on the coast. It's always nice to know where the next free hot shower is waiting for you. CalTrans has something similar, but not quite as well done.

Once again I feel compelled to put in my plug for riding the Lost Coast. Head west out of Ferndale for a couple of days of traffic-free bliss. The hills are substantial and the last 25 miles (Usul Rd) isn't paved, but it is a great break from the awful traffic that you will have grown weary of by then. You can also catch most of the Lost Coast by heading west at the south end of the Avenue of the Giants. Just head to Honeydew and take a left towards Ettersburg. If you get to Honeydew after noon, there is a campground about eight miles west of it (Camp A.W. Way).

Have fun. You'll meet a few cyclists along the way and you may even find some riding companions.
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For the OR section, just Google "Oregon Coast bike route ODOT".
Here's the map. See pages 4-7 for hiker/biker campground list and map.

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I will be touring from SF to San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbra in July so I will miss you.

When you take your tour to the LA area I would highly recommend a couple nights at Catilina Island. Avalon is like a small town in the middle of LA. I have done it a few times on previous trips from SF to LA. Nice way to cap off a good ride and to survive the LA area. You can get a ferry from marina del rey. and your return trip you can go to Long Beach and continue you way down the coast. Have a great trip.
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some awesome literature suggestions guys! many thanks, i've already picked up a copy of Bicycling the Pacific Coast and the Oregon coast maps will be very handy. i'm really liking getting input on places that are must see's! Honeydew and Catalina Island are very real possibilities. I would be very interested in hearing about some MUST SEE destinations along the pacific coast!! Redwoods National Park is one that i've always wanted to see, so i'll add that one to the list
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You can get a hard copy of the PDF file mentioned by "simplyglib" by going to
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/BIKEP...T_Bicycle_Maps
You can get the Coastal map (most useful for you) and a couple of others.

For California I used the following link to plan some of my trip http://www.parks.ca.gov/parkindex/
It was not as useful, mainly because it actually gives too much information but it can still be used once you know the region and area you will be going through.

There also county campgrounds along the route just in case you find an area that does not have a conveniently located State park. Just google the county.

I cycled the coast two years ago in September and October and found the further south I went the more fellow cyclists I met. Once I got past Astoria there was never a night at a hiker/biker site where there weren't two of more cyclists sharing the area set aside for us. I still cycled at my own pace but often made arrangements to meet with others along the route for the day or at the next campground.

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