Cycling the Pacific Coast: The Complete Guide from Canada to Mexico

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An all-new guide to the most popular long-distance bike tour in the United States

The Pacific Coast route is the most popular bike touring route in the U.S., according to Mountaineers Books' non-profit partner, the Adventure Cycling Association. And for 33 years, our very own Bicycling the Pacific Coast was the most popular guidebook to this venerable route, until now! Cycling the Pacific Coast continues the trusted legacy with an all-new, extensively resarched, completely re-ridden, and comprehensive guidebook. It features the most up-to-date info on this amazing route.

Author Bill Thorness, who has lived and cycled in the Pacific Northwest since the mid-1980s, shares his favorite sights and stops along this amazing coastal journey.

Cycling the Pacific Coast is organized in five sections: Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Central California, and Southern California, and is useful to riders who plan to do the trip as one epic ride or break it up to pedal sections at a time.

Features include:

  • Suggested itineraries for the entire ride, or for one- and two-week trips
  • Logistics for getting to and from various ride sections, and for visiting must-see cycling destinations like Seattle and Portland, even though they are not on the main route
  • Airport and train-station connections in all major cities (Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego)
  • Alternate routes to take on lower Vancouver Island (Canada), Washington's Olympic Peninsula, and Norther California's "Lost Coast"
  • Fascinating and fun side-trip destinations in 5 cities, on 2 islands, and in 2 wine country regions

Readers new to cycle touring will find equipment information, packing advice, and safety tips, among other helpful trip suggestions. And all riders will find the guidance to experience the trip of a lifetime.



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From The Introduction: Build A Fire

When I arrived at the shared hiker-biker campsite, three small cycling groups were tending to their tents and sourcing their suppers from the depths of their panniers. I said hi and set about making camp. But the day was not complete—something was missing. So I walked out to the campground entrance, plunked down five dollars, and hefted a bundle of firewood.

It is an anthropological experiment to make a fire in a communal campground. People gather. Stories are told, advice is given and taken. Food and drink get passed. Meeting others, whether they are on your path or just intersecting, stokes your resolve and renews energy. However important the achievement of a long-distance bicycle trip seems, it is the human interaction that stays with you, that has the power. You pass through many places, there’s a familiarity that blends them together, but people are unique, interesting, inspiring.

When you cycle the Pacific Coast and you want to go deeper, build a fire.

— Bill Thorness, author

Publisher‏:‎Mountaineers Books (September 27, 2017)
Language‏:‎English
Paperback‏:‎256 pages
ISBN-10‏:‎1594859868
ISBN-13‏:‎978-1594859861
Item Weight‏:‎1.1 pounds
Dimensions‏:‎5.4 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches

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