Pedalshift Tour Journals Vol. 1 is a daily podcast journal of my Pacific coast bike tour, beginning in Victoria, BC and ending at the US/Mexico border near San Diego, CA in the summer of 2014.
The US Pacific Coast bike tour is one of the premiere extended bike tours in the world. Amenities mixed with temperate weather and solid challenges make for a trip of a lifetime.
My trip was a modified version of the traditional Pacific Coast bike tour… instead of starting in Vancouver, BC my tour began in earnest in Victoria, BC. To be precise, I started in Seattle and took a ferry from there to Victoria, and continued north to Sydney, BC before making the turn south. I rode every inch to the US/Mexico border except for a short stretch from Anaheim to Oceanside (largely to try the Amtrak Surfliner).
As I reflect back on the trip, I realize how much of it I retain in my memory. Some of the portions of the route were well-known (the Oregon coast, Leggett Hill, San Francisco) and some were brand new bicycling experiences (Washington state, Big Sur, Los Angeles). What amazes me is the detailed knowledge I retain of small stretches of the ride. The 100 feet or so at the top of Leggett Hill where I can get a cell phone signal. The places I know I stopped for a bar and a look out on the Pacific from vistas off Highway 1. The precise spots I pitched my tent at Burlington campground along the Avenue of the Giants.
41 episodes in .mp3 format, 3 hours 8 minutes (includes Pedalshift Project 005+006)
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