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planning my first tour.eugene ,oregon to san francisco

Old 04-25-13, 07:06 PM
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planning my first tour.eugene ,oregon to san francisco

So I'm gonna do it.I have the bike(salsa fargo), the gear (well mostly ,will flesh it out over the next couple weeks),and the time, 2 weeks in the beginning of june.I'm going solo as I don't have any friends into cycling.This is new to me I've only been riding for about a year, but I am in good shape for it, i think. I commute 10-15 miles every day ,and usually ride 60-100 miles on the weekend.

The plan is to take amtrak to eugene and ride home.I'm not entirely thrilled at the prospect of boxing up my precious fargo but I guess I have no choice.I want to do this self supported, camping along the way and while i dont want to miss the best parts of the pacific coast I would really love to get off the beaten track onto fire roads and trails if possible.i only have two weeks though so i need to keep heading south i think lol.I need to figure out a source for maps that would show these.

Anyway ,any tips, places not to miss along the route etc that you can help out with would be awesome.I'm sure a bunch of you have done this before.
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i only have two weeks though so i need to keep heading south i think lol.I need to figure out a source for maps that would show these.
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Boxing your bike up for Amtrak shouldn't be bad at all. Make sure the station you are leaving from has bike boxes. Their bike boxes are big and you really only have to remove the pedals, turn your handlebars sideways and roll the bike into the box. Here's a video Russ and Laura from Pathlesspedaled.com did showing the process.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=PsLRIoPKt2M

Edit: I just remembered that I heard that Amtrak may have made their boxes smaller now, so check before hand.
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If you reach Eugene at the right time, Track Town Pizza has a weekday lunch buffet where you could do some serious carbo loading.

Eugene has an excellent system of bike paths that will take you all the way out of the west end of town. My preference for heading to the coast from Eugene would be to take Crow Rd. to Wolf Creek Rd until you eventually are following the Smith River Byway (Different Smith River than the one in California). This motorcycle webpage does a good job describing the route.

Since you are able and interested in riding fire roads and trails, you have lots of other options. I'm sure there are people who know way more on how to get to the coast from Eugene than me. Once you are on the coast, you will be spending most of your time on Hwy 101 unless you choose to detour. With two weeks, you probably could do some wandering around. I'd bet someone on this forum knows of some excellent detours once you get to the Redwoods and south.

If you're willing to miss some excellent scenery along the coast, you could also take a detour like this one. You'd miss some good scenery along the coast - (Personally, I'd stick to the coast.)
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