Pacific Coast Bicycle Tour

The idea…

Vancouver to Tijuana Routemap

The Conception of a Daft Idea….

I’ve been toying with the idea of taking a road trip by bicycle to see some of Canada & America during my 4 months between jobs period.


 

The Bike

bike stick

The Bike…

Here I’m going to look into my bike options for my 3000km Pacific Coast road trip from Canada to Mexico.  I currently own 2012 Specialized Allez Comp road bike that in its current configuration weighs 9.6kg.  I have decided that I am going to make this bike work for the trip even though it is not designed for touring with excess baggage and weight.  The bike has no braze-ons or eyelets on the rear fork section to fit a standard rack.  There are a number of options to configure the bike into a suitable lightweight tour bike. I weigh 65kg so I am aiming for a total weigh in of less that 100kg for me, my bike and my stuff.  This gives me 25kg to play with.  I plan to mostly camp along the way so the bike will need to be set-up to carry all my camping and clothing needs.


 

Day One – Vancouver, BC to Duncan, BC

Day 1 Date 09th May 2015
Distance
Total Distance
89.8km
89.8km
Weather Blue Skys, Dry, 20°C, No Wind
Moving Time
Total Time
06:01:02
06:01:02
Terrain Hilly
Climbing
Total Climbing
1173m
1173m
Spend
Ferry vancouver to Nanaimo 18.85 CA
Water 2.25 Cad
Average Speed 15.0k/h Sleeping Wild Camping
Max Speed 53.3k/h  Difficulty  Tough!

 


Day Two – Duncan, BC to Lake Shawnigan, BC

Day 2 Date 10th May 2015
Distance
Total Distance
46.6km
136.4km
Weather Overcast, Dry, 16°C, No Wind
Rolling Time
Total Rolling
03:06:12
09:07:14
Terrain Mostly Flat
Climbed
Total Climbed
232m
1,405m
Spend Coffee 3.50 CAD
Tea 2.80 CAD
Sausage roll 3.50 CAD
Average Speed 15.0k/h Sleeping Kit & Devon’s Lawn
Max Speed 57.2k/h

 


Day Three – Shawnigan Lake, BC to Victoria, BC

Day 3 Date 11th May 2015
Distance
Total Distance
33.3km
169.7km
Weather Overcast, Dry, 15°C, No Wind
Rolling Time
Total Rolling
01:26:22
10:33:36
Terrain Mostly Downhill
Climbed
Total Climbed
322m
1,727m
Spend
Hostel Victoria 28.65 CAD
Subway 5.00 CAD
Beer 39 CAD (3 Fat Thug @ $11/bottle & 1 $6 pint)
Smokes 12 CAD (20 Belmont)
Average Speed 23.2k/h Sleeping Ocean Island Backpackers
Max Speed 62.6k/h

 


Day Four – Victoria Rest Day

IMG 1690

Day 4 Date 12th May 2015
Distance 0.0km Weather Blue Skys, Dry, 16°C, No Wind
Moving Time 00:00:00 Terrain NA
Elevation 0m Spend
Hostel Victoria $33.33
Breakfast $20 (Johns Place)
Ice Cream $5.50
Fish for Seals $5.25
Hostel Bar Drinks $4.50 + $6.50 + $6.00 + $12.50
Hostel Bar Food – $8.50
Green Tea – $20
Average Speed 0.0k/h Sleeping Hostel
Max Speed 0.0k/h

 


Day Five – Victoria, BC to Quilcene, WA

Day 5

Day 5 Date 13th May 2015
Distance
Total Distance
75.8km
245.5km
Weather Wet, Wet, Wet, Slight wind behind me
Rolling Time
Total Rolling
03:44:38
14:18:14
Terrain Some Hills
Climbed
Total Climbed
614m
2,341m
Spend
Ferry Victoria to Port Angeles $30.05 CAD
Ferry Food $12.00 CAD
Lighter $1.50 USD
Total $46.60
Average Speed 20.3k/h Sleeping National Park Camping
Max Speed 52.6k/h  Difficulty  Easy

 


Day Six – Quilcene, WA to Eagle Creek, WA

Day 6

Day 6 Date 14th May 2015
Distance
Total Distance
53.6km
299.1km
Weather Sunny, Warm, No Wind
Rolling Time
Total Rolling
03:11:24
17:29:38
Terrain 1 Large Climb
Climbed
Total Climbed
611m
2,952m
Spend None
Average Speed 16.7km/h Sleeping River Bank
Max Speed 68.0km/h  Difficulty  Easy

 


Day Seven – Eagle Creek, WA to Olympia, WA

Day 7

Day 7 Date 15th May 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
93.5km
392.6km
Weather Dry, Sunny, Cool, Mild Headwind
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
05:20:12
22:49:50
Terrain Long easy hills
Climbed
Total Climbed
632m
3,584m
Spend
Subway Sheldon $6.50
Coffee Olympia x 2 $6.00
Average Speed 17.6k/h Sleeping JP + Colleen’s Comfy Spare Double Bed!
Max Speed 41.8k/h Difficulty  Moderate

 

 


Day Eight – Olympia

The Pickup!

The Pickup!

Day 8 Date 16th May 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
00.0km
392.6km
Weather Misty
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
00:00:00
22:49:50
Terrain N/A
Climbed
Total Climbed
0m
3,584m
Spend Drinks $15
Average Speed 00.0k/h Sleeping JP + Colleen’s Comfy Spare Double Bed!
Max Speed 00.0k/h Difficulty  N/A

 


Day Nine – Olympia

Day 9

Day 9 Date 17th May 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
00.0km
392.6km
Weather Overcast to Sunny
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
00:00:00
22:49:50
Terrain N/A
Climbed
Total Climbed
0m
3,584m
Spend
2 TB HDD – $110
Fishing Stuff – $90
Soft Drinks – $6
Average Speed 00.0k/h Sleeping JP + Colleen’s Comfy Spare Double Bed!
Max Speed 00.0k/h Difficulty  N/A

 


Day Ten – Olympia to Aberdeen

Day 10

Day 10 Date 18th May 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
102.6km
495.2km
Weather Sunny, constant headwind
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
05:54:56
28:44:46
Terrain Mostly Flat
Climbing
Total Climbing
680m
4,264m
Spend Subway $6.00
Average Speed 17.4k/h Sleeping Camping
Max Speed 52.6k/h Difficulty  Moderate with wind

 


Day Eleven – Aberdeen to Astoria

Day 11

Day 11 Date 19th May 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
82.5km
577.7km
Weather Sunny, constant headwind
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
04:30:57
33:15:43
Terrain Flat
Climbing
Total Climbing
537m
4,801m
Spend
Breakfast, coffee, wifi, water refuel $10
Groceries $45.51
Tea & WiFi Mc Donalds $1.10
Average Speed 18.3k/h Sleeping Camping
Max Speed 56.6k/h Difficulty  Easy

 


 

Day Twelve – Washington to Oregon

Day 12

Day 12 Date 20th May 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
19.0km
596.7km
Weather Misty
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
01:15:03
34:30:46
Terrain Flat
Climbing
Total Climbing
118m
4,919m
Spend
Motel $75
Pizza $18
Average Speed 15.2k/h Sleeping Motel
Max Speed 48.2k/h Difficulty  Easy but tough!

 


Day Thirteen – Astoria

IMG_2264

Day 13 Date 21th May 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
00.0km
596.7km
Weather Sunny
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
00:00:00
34:30:46
Terrain NA
Climbing
Total Climmbing 
0m
4,919m
Spend
Hostel $35.00
Helmet $40.00
Glassware $15.00
Coffee $4.00
Average Speed 0.0k/h Sleeping Hotel/Hostel
Max Speed 0.0k/h Difficulty  Easy

 


Day Fourteen – Astoria

Fort George Brewery

Day 14 Date 22th May 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
00.0km
596.7km
Weather Sunny
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
00:00:00
34:30:46
Terrain NA
Climbing Total Climmbing  0m
4,919m
Spend
Hostel $35.00
Bakery $8.75
Groceries $16.80
Beer $29
Average Speed 0.0k/h Sleeping Hotel/Hostel
Max Speed 0.0k/h Difficulty  NA

 


Day Fifteen – Astoria to Tillamook

Day 15

Day 15 Date 23rd May 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
117.9km
714.6km
Weather Overcast with sunny spells
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
06:07:34
40:38:20
Terrain Mostly Flat with 3 x 100m hills
Climbing
Total Climbing 
857m
5,776m
Spend
Coffee & Bagel $12
Noodle bar $8
Average Speed 19.2k/h Sleeping Camping
Max Speed 54.7k/h Difficulty Moderate

 


Day Sixteen – Tillamook to Newport Bay

Day 16

Day 16 Date 24th May 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
111.2km
824.8km
Weather Warm & Sunny
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
06:23:02
47:01:22
Terrain 1 long arduous climb
Climbing
Total Climbing 
960m
6,736m
Spend
Breakfast $13
2 x beers & Chips $17
Campsite $6
Average Speed 17.4k/h Sleeping Hiker Biker Campsite
Max Speed 54.7k/h Difficulty Moderate, 1 long climb

 


Day Seventeen – Newport to Reedsport

Day 17

Day 17 Date 25th May 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
101.5km
926.3km
Weather Sunny
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
05:40:27
52:41:49
Terrain 1 long arduous climb
Climbing
Total Climbing 
950m
7,686m
Spend
Coffee & Pastry $6.00
Mc Donald’s $7.69
Average Speed 17.9k/h Sleeping Camping
Max Speed 50.4k/h Difficulty Moderate

 


Day Eighteen – Reedsport to Bandon

Day 18

Day 18 Date 26th May 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
111.2km
1,037.5km
Weather Cold Start, Sunny Afternoon
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
06:39:32
59:21:21
Terrain Hilly
Climbing
Total Climbing 
899m
8,585m
Spend
Mc Donald’s Brekky $4.99
Groceries $40.00
Mc Donald’s $1.50
Average Speed 16.7k/h Sleeping Camping
Max Speed 47.9k/h Difficulty Tough

 


Day Nineteen – Bandon to Brookings

Day 19

Day 19 Date 27th May 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
97.3km
1,134.8km
Weather Sunny
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
05:50:15
65:11:36
Terrain Hilly
Climbing
Total Climbing 
1,083m
9,668m
Spend
Coffee, Muffin, Beer $11.00
Fags and pizza slice $7.69
Average Speed 16.7k/h Sleeping Camping
Max Speed 47.9k/h Difficulty Tough

 


Day Twenty – Brookings to Crescent City

Day 20

Day 20 Date 28th May 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
67.2km
1,202km
Weather Sunny
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
04:08:40
69:20:16
Terrain Flattish!
Climbing
Total Climbing 
491m
10,159m
Spend
Airbnb – $41.00
Mc Donald’s Brekky $5.39
Bar Food & Drinks $39.00
Average Speed 16.2k/h Sleeping Airbnb
Max Speed 41.8k/h Difficulty Easy

 


Day Twenty-One – Crescent City

Day 21

Day 21 Date 29th May 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
0.0km
1,202km
Weather Sunny
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
00:00:00
69:20:16
Terrain NA
Climbing
Total Climbing 
0m
10,159m
Spend Airbnb $30.00
Average Speed 0.0k/h Sleeping Airbnb
Max Speed 0.0k/h Difficulty NA

 


Day Twenty-Two – Crescent City to Orick

Day 22

Day 22 Date 30th May 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
59.6km
1,261.6km
Weather Foggy & Cold
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
03:36:31
72:56:47
Terrain Hilly
Climbing
Total Climbing 
878m
11,037m
Spend McDonalds $11.00
Groceries $57.80
Coffee $3.00
Average Speed 16.5k/h Sleeping Elk Prairie State Park
Max Speed 50.0k/h Difficulty Moderate

 


Day Twenty-Three – Elk Prairie to Eureka

Day 23

Day 23 Date 31th May 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
92.1km
1,353.7km
Weather Sunny Spells, Warm
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
05:08:58
78:05:45
Terrain Hilly
Climbing
Total Climbing 
795m
11,832m
Spend Beer & Burger $11.00
Beer & Hotdog $10.00
Beer $5.00
Average Speed 17.9k/h Sleeping Camping
Max Speed 54.0k/h Difficulty Easy

 


Day Twenty-Four – Eureka to Weott

Day 24

Day 24 Date 1st June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
69.1km
1,442.8km
Weather Sunny , Warm
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
03:42:08
81:47:53
Terrain Flat
Climbing
Total Climbing 
629m
12,461m
Spend Coffee & Bagel $6.50
Coffee, Tea, Food $11.00
Camping $5.00
Average Speed 18.7k/h Sleeping Camping
Max Speed 48.6k/h Difficulty Easy

 


Day Twenty-Five – Weott to Leggett

Day 25

Day 25 Date 2nd June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
65km
1,507.8km
Weather Sunny , Warm
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
03:52:16
85:40:09
Terrain Flat
Climbing
Total Climbing 
1445m
13,906m
Spend
Burrito $9.50
Beer $5.00
Groceries $24.00
6 Pack & Smokes $17.66
Average Speed 18.6k/h Sleeping Camping
Max Speed 56.2k/h Difficulty Easy

 


Day Twenty-Six – Leggett to Mendocino

Day 26

Day 26 Date 3rd June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
98.7km
1,508.8km
Weather Sunny , Warm
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
05:40:38
91:20:47
Terrain Hilly
Climbing
Total Climbing 
1,860m
15,766m
Spend
Bagel, Pizza Slice, Coke $6.25
Denneys Food $22.50
Coffee $3.00
Camping $5.00
Average Speed 17.4k/h Sleeping Camping
Max Speed 54.4k/h Difficulty Moderate

 


Day Twenty-Seven – Mendocino to Manchester

Day 27

Day 27 Date 4th June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
49.8km
1,558.8km
Weather Sunny , Warm
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
05:40:38
94:05:12
Terrain Hilly
Climbing
Total Climbing 
1,032m
16,798m
Spend
Burito, Coke, Corn Dog $9.82
Tea/Coffee/Food $15.00
Average Speed 18.2k/h Sleeping Wild Camping
Max Speed 54.4k/h Difficulty Easy

 


Day Twenty-Eight – Manchester to Bodega Bay

Day 28

Day 28 Date 5th June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
112.5km
1,671.3km
Weather Sunny , Foggy Patches
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
09:51:56
103:57:08
Terrain Hilly
Climbing
Total Climbing 
1,615m
18,413m
Spend
Coffee/Tea/Food $12.00
Coffee & Nuts $4.00
Groceries $15.00
Camping $5.00
Average Speed 11.4k/h Sleeping Camping
Max Speed 55.1k/h Difficulty Tough

 


Day Twenty-Nine – Bodega Bay to Sam. P. Taylor State Park

Day 29

Day 29 Date 6th June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
77.1km
1,748.4km
Weather Sunny, headwind
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
04:20:50
108:17:58
Terrain Mostly Flat
Climbing
Total Climbing 
774m
19,187m
Spend
Dinner $25.00
Coffee and pastry $6.00
Coffee & Muffin $5.25
Camping $7.00
Average Speed 17.8km/h Sleeping Camping
Max Speed 58.3km/h Difficulty Easy

 


Day Thirty – Sam. P. Taylor State Park to San Francisco

Day 30

Day 30 Date 7th June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
49.5km
1,797.9km
Weather Sunny
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
03:45:38
112:03:36
Terrain Hilly
Climbing
Total Climbing 
545m
19,732m
Spend
Coffee food $10.00
Bar Food & Beer $38.00
Hostel $50.00
Coffee & Panini $9.00
Average Speed 13.2km/h Sleeping Hostel
Max Speed 54.7km/h Difficulty Easy

 


Day Thirty-One/Thirty-Two – San Francisco

IMG_3115

Day 31/32 Date 8/9th June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
0.0km
1,797.9km
Weather Sunny
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
00:00:00
112:03:36
Terrain NA
Climbing
Total Climbing 
0m
19,732m
Spend 2 Nights Hostel $89.00
Food
Drinks
Average Speed 0.0km/h Sleeping Hostel
Max Speed 0.0km/h Difficulty NA

 


Day Thirty-Three – San Francisco to Año Nuevo State Park

Day 33

Day 33 Date 10th June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
94.2km
1892.1km
Weather Rainy Day
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
04:56:20
116:59:56
Terrain Hilly
Climbing
Total Climbing 
1,113m
20,845m
Spend
Breakfast $17.00
Coffee $3.50
Groceries $54.03
Mc Donald’s $1.79
Average Speed 19.1km/h Sleeping Hostel
Max Speed 54.0km/h Difficulty Easy

 


Day Thirty-Four – Año Nuevo State Park to Monterey

Day 34

Day 34 Date 11th June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
117.1km
2,009.2km
Weather Sunny
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
05:31:06
122:31:02
Terrain Flat
Climbing
Total Climbing 
844m
21,689m
Spend
Starbucks $8.60
Dinner & Drinks $27.00
Liqueur Store $13.00
Camping $6.00
Average Speed 21.2km/h Sleeping State Park Camping
Max Speed 51.9km/h Difficulty Easy

 


Day Thirty-Five – Monterey to Big Sur

Day 35

Day 35 Date 12th June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
51.0km
2,060.2km
Weather Sunny/Foggy
Rolling Time Total Rolling  03:18:14
125:49:16
Terrain Some Hills
Climbing Total Climbing  861m
22,550m
Spend
Starbucks $8.60
Denny’s $20.00
Average Speed 15.5km/h Sleeping Free Camping
Max Speed 46.1km/h Difficulty Easy

 


Day Thirty-Six – Big Sur to San Simeon Park

Day 36

Day 36 Date 13th June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
114.6km
2,174.8km
Weather Sunny
Rolling Time Total Rolling  07:58:47
133:48:03
Terrain Hilly
Climbing Total Climbing  1,808m
24,358m
Spend
Coffee & Muffin $3.80
Food & Coffee $23.00
3 x Bananas $1.50
Camping $5.00
Average Speed 14.4km/h Sleeping Free Camping
Max Speed 50.0km/h Difficulty Tough

 


Day Thirty-Seven/Thirty-Eight – Cambria

Day 37/38

Day 37/38 Date 14/15th June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
5.9km
2,180.7km
Weather Sunny
Rolling Time Total Rolling  00:30:28
134:18:31
Terrain Flat
Climbing Total Climbing  32m
24,390m
Spend
Hostel $40.00,Coffee $5.50
Drink $6.00,Smokes $6.50
Brekky $13.00,Dinner $20.00
Drink $5.00,Hostel $40.00
Coffee $13.00, Dinner $23.00
Booze $12.00, Groceries $60.00
Average Speed 11.6km/h Sleeping Hostel
Max Speed 33.8km/h Difficulty Easy

 


Day Thirty-Nine – Cambria to Pismo State Beach

Day 39

Day 39 Date 16th June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
90.6km
2,271.3km
Weather Sunny
Rolling Time Total Rolling  04:49:41
139:08:12
Terrain Flat
Climbing Total Climbing  591m
24,981m
Spend Coffee $3.50
Camping $10.00
Average Speed 18.8km/h Sleeping State Beach
Max Speed 53.6km/h Difficulty Easy

 


Day Forty – Pismo State Beach to El Capitan State Beach

Day 40

Day 40 Date 17th June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
126.7km
2,398km
Weather Sunny
Rolling Time Total Rolling  06:27:02
145:35:14
Terrain Hilly
Climbing Total Climbing  1813m
26, 794m
Spend
Coffee & Muffin $6.10
Food $8.09
Average Speed 19.9km/h Sleeping Free Camping
Max Speed 56.9km/h Difficulty Easy

 


Day Forty-One – El Capitan State Beach to Santa Barbara

Day 41

Day 41 Date 18th June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
34.7km
2,432.7km
Weather Sunny
Rolling Time Total Rolling  02:02:43
149:40:40
Terrain Hilly
Climbing Total Climbing  254m
27,048m
Spend
Coffee& Muffin $6.10
Dominos Pizza $10.50
Hostel $45
Drinks $50
Average Speed 18.4km/h Sleeping Hostel
Max Speed 49km/h Difficulty Easy

 


Day Forty-Two – Santa Barbara to Malibu

Day 42

Day 42 Date 19th June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
95.2km
2,527.9km
Weather Sunny
Rolling Time Total Rolling  04:35:46
149:40:40
Terrain Flat
Climbing Total Climbing  278m
27,326m
Spend Coffee $3.50
Camping $10.00
Food $23.00
Average Speed 20.7km/h Sleeping Hostel
Max Speed 49.3km/h Difficulty Easy

 


Day Forty-Three – Malibu to Los Angeles

Day 43

Day 43 Date 20th June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
97.3km
2,625.2km
Weather Sunny
Rolling Time Total Rolling  04:59:09
154:39:49
Terrain Flat
Climbing Total Climbing  429m
27,755m
Spend Coffee $3.50
Pizza $28.00
Average Speed 19.5km/h Sleeping Warm Showers
Max Speed 52.6km/h Difficulty Easy

 


Day Forty-Four – Los Angeles to Dana Point

Day 44

Day 44 Date 21st June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
80.4km
2,705.6km
Weather Sunny
Rolling Time Total Rolling  04:30:31
159:10:20
Terrain Flat
Climbing Total Climbing  314m
28,069m
Spend
Coffee & Food $7.50
Camping $6.00
Drinks $20.00
Food $4.00
Ferry $1.25
Average Speed 17.8km/h Sleeping Camping
Max Speed 50.4km/h Difficulty Easy

 


Day Forty-Five – Dana Point to San Diego

Day 45

Day 45 Date 22nd June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
105.2km
2,810.8km
Weather Sunny
Rolling Time Total Rolling  05:35:16
164:45:36
Terrain Flat
Climbing Total Climbing  830m
28,899m
Spend Hostel $26.00
Coffee $6.10
Beers $20.00
Food $10.00
Average Speed 18.8km/h Sleeping Hostel
Max Speed 51.5km/h Difficulty Easy

 


Day Forty-Nine – San Diego to Tijuana

Day 49

Day 49 Date 26th June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
35.2km
2,846.0km
Weather Sunny
Rolling Time Total Rolling  03:16:00
168:01:36
Terrain Flat
Climbing Total Climbing  133m
29,033m
Spend Hostel $26.00
Food $8.00
Coffee $6.10
Tram $2.75
Taxi $6.00
Average Speed 10.8km/h Sleeping Hostel
Max Speed 40.3km/h Difficulty Easy

 

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