The Pedalshift Project 096: Bicycling Oregon to San Francisco – Part 2

My fall 2017 Pacific Coast bicycle tour ended in San Francisco last week… On this episode, part two of my big tour bicycling Oregon to San Francisco featuring all the highlights, lowlights and takeaways from a really fun trip.

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The Pedalshift Project 100

I have something special lined up for episode 100. We’ll have friends of the show as special guests and we’ll chat all about the usual nonsense. But but but… there’s more. We’re doing a joint meet up slash holiday spectacular live and in person. Details to be announced in the interview! Details also here.


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Bicycling Oregon to San Francisco

Check out part 1 for an interview and conversation with my camping partner, Daniel.

2 Fly to PDX. Sprocket night.
3 Visit day and equipment prep. Car pickup at PDX 4pm.
4 Drive to Newport – camp at South Beach SP
5 Honeyman SP
6 Sunset Bay SP
7 Humbug Mountain SP
8 Crescent City KOA
9 Elk Prairie
10 Fortuna Riverwalk RV Park
11 Ave of Giants/Burlington CG
12 Standish-Hickey
13 MacKerricher Beach (Fort Bragg)
14 Did the extra 20ish to Gualala Point CP
15 Bodega Dunes
16 Fast forward to SF from Pt Reyes Station


  • Meeting Daniel
  • Elk Prairie Thanksgiving and elk
  • Seven Devils
  • Dry weather
  • Familiarity of the ride
  • Humbug Mountain
  • My bears outside of Klamath


  • Colder than expected
  • Knee pain towards the end
  • Needed a zero day or two, but really was in the rhythm and wanted to do more
  • I’d prefer to stay off sugar when touring, but didn’t


  • Fewer changes of clothes; more empty space in bags
  • Batteries over dynohubs, cemented
  • Extra low gearing makes touring SO much better
  • Hills are temporary
  • There’s not a lot of time for sidetrips, so make the tour itself the centerpiece
  • Eating healthier pays dividends
  • Pacing is super important… doing an extra 20 to save it on a harder day following helps a ton.
  • Lots of small climbs are much more taxing than a few big ones

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