Pacific Coast Border to Border Part 2
September 8, 9 – 23, 2012 Bandon, Oregon to Half Moon Bay, California
576 miles/ 15 days /3 days off Rating: I24-E70
$ 2170/500 deposit
Balance due by July 8, 2012
Last year’s participants will have the first right to sign up, from December 5, 2011 to December 31, 2011. If there are openings after midnight December 31, the trip will be open on a first come, first serve basis beginning January 1, 2012.
The second section of the Pacific Coast ride is as beautiful and, possibly, more appealing and varied than last year. This section goes from Bandon, Oregon to Half Moon Bay, CA. The route will hug the ocean with a beautiful detour through the redwoods along the Avenue of the Giants. Much of the first week will focus on California's magnificent giant redwoods, small, whimsical, country towns, beautiful, quiet farm lands and spectacular vistas. There will be plenty of time off to appreciate the local atmosphere. We will encounter some challenging climbs. There are a lot of elevation gains and losses on this section of the trip. The average daily mileages have been adjusted to compensate, and we will be rewarded with many miles of comfortable and beautiful riding.
The second week will be along California Route 1, and will feature many more short but challenging climbs. The roads do not have much shoulder, but are traveled at lower speeds because of the curvy terrain.
We will not be riding through the heart of the California wine country, but we will be close enough that we may be able to make a run into the Anderson Valley on our day off in Ft. Bragg. We will be riding through great oyster stands around Bodega Bay. Grilled oysters, mmmmmmm….
Our last day of riding will be from Mill Valley, near Sausalito, across the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. We will be completely missing downtown, but will be taking the main Pacific Coast route.
Days off are in the California towns of Eureka (interesting historic old town); Ft. Bragg (next to the Pacific Ocean); and a half day in Klamath, entrance to the Redwoods and renowned fishing spot, (nice hiking opportunity from redwoods to the ocean)- as well as a day off after we get into Half Moon Bay at the end of the tour.
Overnights in Oregon, Bandon and Gold Beach: In California, Crescent City, Eureka, Klamath, Scotia, Fort Bragg, Gualala, Bodega Bay, Mill Valley and Half Moon Bay.
The trip will include bus transportation from Eugene, Oregon to Bandon, Oregon (our beginning point) and from Half Moon Bay, California to the San Francisco airport. We will again be offering transport of bicycles to and from Denver for $75
Leaders: Jerry Bakke, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 303 738-9861. Steve Parker, e-mail: email@example.com, phone: 970 382-9551