- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 4 edition (January 28, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0898869544
- ISBN-13: 978-0898869545
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 73 customer reviews
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Bicycling The Pacific Coast: A Complete Route Guide, Canada to Mexico Paperback – January 28, 2005
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A detailed book about the ride down the coast…Directions to nearly every inch of the trip. (Idaho Falls Post Register)
If you've ever dreamed of riding part or all of the Pacific Coast this is a great source of information. (The Cascadian)
This spring, the fourth edition came out, and it's worthy of the new printing. The whole book is peppered with new information, from updated mileage logs to additional attractions. In addition to planning our rest stops and camping based on the book's suggestions, we had the pleasure of experiencing several scenic detours we otherwise would have missed. (Albany Democrat-Herald)
If you are thinking of taking a long cycling trip along the West Coast, you might consider picking up a copy of the fourth edition of Bicycling the Pacific Coast…Admittedly, you would have to be very brave to cycle through parts of the urban jungle along the way. The book warns you about what you are getting yourself into. But it also tempts you with tantalizing tidbits from what lies on the road ahead. (Hamilton (Ontario, Canada) Spectator)
This is a book to inspire dreams of rolling adventure. (San Francisco Chronicle)
The latest fourth edition may be the one that introduces a new generation to the joys (and pains) of long-distance cycling...[A] no-holds-barred look at doing the mighty coast highway on two wheels." (Oregonian)
Whether you'd like to head out for a weekend tour or for weeks on end, this comprehensive guide will help you down the road. (Adventure Sports Journal)
About the Author
The daughter of Washington state conservation icon Ira Spring, VICKY SPRING grew up on the trails of the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of numerous hiking and cycling guidebooks for the Western U.S. and Europe.
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As I completed a section I ceremoniously tore the section off and mailed it home to lighten the load and to have a sense of accomplishment.
I was already familiar with the route from a lifetime of car and motorcycle travel in the area although I was not sure what to expect traveling by bicycle especially in terms of camping and climbs (hills which are barely noticed in a car can be quite daunting when faced on a bicycle). Between the book and the map most of my questions were answered and it was easy to pick a destination for each day's ride.
If one is going to ride the Pacific Coast this book is a valuable resource to carry even if you are using the popular maps. It has a lot of mileage and descriptive detail that the maps just do not have room for. I did find the maps more usable while on the move. At least for the 300 mile segment I rode (Big Sur to Redondo Beach) the book documents some route options not included on the maps. I read the section for the days ride at least once before starting out every day.
I was fine using the online version on my Galaxy Note. It was nice to navigate paperless. Take a back up battery for the long days, and keep your electronics dry in Baggies.
I highlighted the titles of the segments we were traveling so I could locate them more easily on the Kindle app. A table of contents with links to chapters and maps would be appreciated.
I did see a fair number of people heading South to North. They seemed to be doing ok, despite the wind. I don't think I would have enjoyed that ride as much.
We credit card traveled, and stayed in hotels and such with the help of Trip Advisor, Yelp, and the few commercial listings on Google Maps. Search all 3, because none of them are complete.
I would recommend taking a sleeping bag and light tent from Monterey to about Cambria. The hotel and camp ground cabin operaters in the Big Sur area knew they had us, and sometimes charged up to $300 for fairly simple lodging. Once you hit Cambria the price of lodging drops again, and you can mail your camping gear home if you don't want to carry it any more.
Take some nice rear lights to help drivers see you in the late afternoon fog along the coast. We had good front lights, but didn't ride after dark that much.
We leap frogged over some stretches such as San Jose to Salinas and Santa Barbara to Anaheim using Amtrak trains and buses. It is a very helpful way to ride only the parts you want to, or to stay on schedule despite weather, illness, or injury. Research online so you know when you can ride aboard, and when you have to box your bike. Make reservations if you ride aboard, not so much for you as for your bike!
The kids and I are now using the guide to plan a ride from Vancouver to Astoria in July. I appreciate the book detailing both the inland and peninsula routes, and detailing the advantages of each. We plan to take the inland route. We will camp at least part of the time this trip, and eat out of grocery stores more.
I hope we have as much fun as we did last time. The ride down the central California coast with the kids, taking in Monterrey, Hearst Castle, the beaches and sea elephants, and wrapping up the trip with Disneyland and boogie boarding in Newport, was a smashing success.