So to many this is probably news, but to almost anyone and everyone I’ve spoken to recently they will know I’m about to embark on my first ever bike tour. Our route will take us down the West Coast of the USA from Portland, Oregon to San Fransico, California (hopefully), roughly around 700 miles.
I say say hopefully because as mentioned this is my first ever bike tour, on which I’m being accompanied by my room mate and friend of 4 years Harry, who is also a total novice in this field. Up until very recently this whole idea still seemed like a bit of joke, but slowly we started to acquire all our camping and bike equipment, until finally the evening arrived where we found ourselfs packing our bags.
All of this is new to us, from the big heavy panniers to the spandex and padded shorts, but we’ve done as much as we can think to do before we truly head out. We are aiming for it to take us around 3 weeks, give or take a few days either side to make it all the way with between 40-60 miles a day and about 6 hours in the saddle per day, depending on how much we can take. We’ll be relying on the hospitality of strangers as well as having a tent and camp gear for anytime we can’t find a roof to cover our heads. But like I said, this is all totally new to us , the most we’ve cycled all summer is the 10km round trip to work and back every day. So the idea of doing 10x that every day, for 3 weeks is slightly daunting and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t really nervous about it all.
Our a final Canadian pit stop is in Vancouver before we catch our train tomorrow to Portland where we’ll enjoy the city for a day or two before the voyage truly begins. For the most part today has consisted of last minute bike modifications (adding loads of duct tape to our bikes) and discussing how much of a nightmare we could potentially have.