The Pedalshift Project 250: The Green Goblin Retirement Tour

The Pedalshift Project 250: The Green Goblin Retirement Tour

For the sestercentennial edition of the pod, it’s the summer 2021 tour reveal: the Green Goblin retires its west coast life with one last time on the Oregon coast. Learn all about it right here!

The Pedalshift Project 250: The Green Goblin Retirement Tour

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Summer Tour 2021 Revealed: The Green Goblin Oregon Coast Retirement Tour

After 3 weeks back on the east coast, I’m ready to go back to Oregon to do the Oregon Coast with my trusty vintage touring bike… the Green Goblin.
And it’s probably the last time it’s doing the Oregon coast after several rides through the years, living in Portland. It’s time to come to the east coast, wear black socks with shorts, play shuffleboard in the humidity and get mounted in a place of honor at the cabin. No, really, seroiusly thinking about doing that. Like on a wall or something.

The trip

Basic Oregon coast ride, with a border run. This is the classic ride that I’ve CRAVED all through COVID. Tillamook to the border and then…

The curveball

A new way to conclude the trip! Following the border run in Brookings, I discovered there is a (kludgy) 3-part bus ride from Brookings to Medford. From there I’ll fly home.
Yes, fly! Alaska Airlines has an excellent bike flying policy
One of the reasons for the Goblin’s retirement is there’s less of a reason to keep a bike in Portland, particularly one that seems to need extra maintenance between trips
ALSO! I finally bit the bullet on FOTS Maggie Lonergan’s suggestion of the super cool Ground Effect Dogsbody bike bag, out of New Zealand (shouts to my Kiwi listeners!)
Allows me to carry a bike bag, scrounge for some rando cardboard in Medford and roll right to the airport. And maybe roll home too (although that will be a little late)
Being able to ride to and from an airport has always been a bit of a missing link and this bag is making this ride easier than scrounging/begging for a bike box in Medford with a few hours to spare.


Fully loaded ride
Bringing both panniers and two dry bags in my trusty duffel
Duffel and bike bag placement is TBD, depending on the rest of my gear. May be in one pannier each.
Going very limited on clothing this trip…. relying heavily on wool and puffy vest. Probably going with just the rain jacket and crossing my fingers on rain pants. TBD depending on weather forecasts.
Hey I have a new ALPS Zephyr 2 tent! First trip for it… kind of excited for it/
New “warm weather” down bag rated to 41 degrees, which is rectangular, not mummy… should be excellent.
All Oregon state park campsites. May consider wild camping one night (TBD) to avoid one particular site, but honestly being the worst of a great series of campsites doesn’t mean it’s a must skip. Also… shower.

Anything new?

A few things, but not a lot. I’m more interested to see if the route is getting any use… seemed very light traffic by bikes in CA last month.
Found a few new breweries to hit
Mostly this is a nostalgia run… probably the last tour, very likely the last west coast tour, for the Goblin.


Society folks, I’m going to be doing an exclusive dispatch for you – details to come. Want to get that bonus episode? Sign up for the Pedalshift Society by July 24th… that is the Saturday after this episode drops, so get on it!
Pod will be covering this tour basically the remainder of the summer after next week’s show and the best of in August.

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