Introducing the Pacific Coast Bicycle Tour
The day has finally come. I have been wanting to share this exciting news with you guys for a while now but I wanted to be sure to iron out all of the details before releasing my plans for an upcoming Pacific Coast Bicycle Tour!
Yes, I’m riding my bicycle down the entire west coast of the United States of America!
Originally, my plans were to ride the Pacific Coast on my own. Not because I wanted to ride solo, but because not too many people have the flexibility to be able to just take off work for 4-6 weeks. I find that to be a problem on most of my trips because when I travel I tend to go away for a minimum of 3-4 weeks at a time.
All I can say is that things happen for a reason. Coincidentally enough one of my best friends arrived back home a couple months ago and when he heard my plans of riding the Pacific Coast, he was instantly on board.
I couldn’t be more excited to get the opportunity to cruise the coast with one of my best friends. What an incredible adventure this is going to be!
On May 1st, Will and I will be flying out to Seattle, WA. From there we’ll be cruising out to the coast before heading south on the Pacific Coast Highway through Washington, Oregon and California until we reach the border of Mexico.
Where will we sleep?
We will be camping in a small two person tent for a good chunk of the journey. That is, unless YOU want to host us! ;-) If you would be interested in hosting us at some point along our route, please be sure to contact me.
I’m sure you’re probably asking yourself “Why would anyone want to ride a bicycle that far?”
1. We’re doing this for the people out there who can’t…
You see, I’m usually the one who will tell you that anybody can do anything they want in life as long as they commit to it. Sadly, this is not always the case. There are people out there who have lost limbs, suffered a brain injury, have been diagnosed cancer, are physically or mentally disabled and more.
To those of you who have always dreamed of doing something in your life but cannot due to a handicap of any sort, we are doing this for YOU!
We’re also doing this for the following people that I know either directly or indirectly…
- My cousin David who recently passed away from cancer at 38 years old.
- My ex co-worker Grace who suffered a small stroke a few months ago. She’s back to work now but still recovering. Grace, if you see this… I wish you the best of luck and a speedy recovery!
- A friend of a friend who passed away at the age of 40 years old leaving two young kids behind.
- Will’s close friend who lost both of his legs in a car accident late last year.
- My fathers life long friend who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
- My close friends in Egypt that wake up each day and strive to be successful in an oppressive country with little or no work, money or support.
- Benjamin Breedlove
- and so many more…
2. We love a challenge!
This is going to be quite the challenge! Neither of us ever imagined that we would drive the Pacific Coast never mind ride a bicycle down it. This will not only be our first time riding a bicycle long distance, but it will also be our first time actually camping on a trip. Sure, we have both spent nights in a tent at a campground in our younger years, but we’re not talking about spending the night. We’re talking about living out of a small, lightweight, two-person tent for 5-6 weeks.
3. Because I CAN!
I am one of the luckiest guys on Earth and I try to remind myself of that each and every morning when I wake up. I’m fortunate to have a sharp mind, fully functioning body parts, a supportive family and the ability to travel the world. That, my friends, is a life beyond extraordinary. I know that I CAN do anything I put my mind to and we’re going to end up at the border of Mexico one way or another with photos to prove it!
4. To stay fit…
One of my biggest passions other than travel is fitness. When I’m not traveling, you can find me at the gym working hard. For the first time in my life, I will be working out while traveling! The only thing I can hope for is that I come back from this trip with a six pack and legs like Redwood trees.
Ride with Us!
We would love for you to come join us on a segment of our Pacific Coast Cycling Trip! If you live out on the west coast and you’re interested in riding a portion of the trip with us, feel free to give us a shout!
I’ve secretly wanted to do a bicycle tour for about a year now. I’ve sat back and watched experienced bicycle tourers like Darren Alff, Ryan Van Duzer, Joshua Rothery, my buddy Ben and other inspirational travelers who have cycled the Pacific Coast, the Atlantic Coast, across the US, Europe, Africa and beyond.
Over the course of the last few months, I have chatted with Darren, Ryan and Ben about my upcoming trip. Each of them have provided me with some extremely insightful tips that have helped me start to plan the trip in one way or another. All credit goes to these guys for the inspiration! THANKS GUYS!
Well that just about wraps up the introduction of my upcoming Pacific Coast Cycling Tour! Next up, you’ll learn a little bit more about our gear, the route, our plans for this trip, and so much more. Stay tuned!