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Offline dayjack119

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Tenting on the Pacific Coast Route
« on: April 04, 2014, 01:56:38 pm »
My routes and overnight stops are determined way ahead when planning a tour.  I make use of Warmshowers and Couchsurfing wherever I can because for me, they are like minded people and their hospitality and generosity make them the finest anywhere.    Yet when there are no hospitality site members, I hate getting beat up by RV Parks and commercial campgrounds when I need a place to tent.  Over the years I have heard about small campgrounds for riders along the Pac Coastline, and I have also heard that they closed some of them down due to problems with the homeless.  I hope to do the Pac Coast in September from Vancouver down and it would be great to hear from someone who has the scoop on campgrounds.
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Offline Norsman

Re: Tenting on the Pacific Coast Route
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2014, 04:15:07 pm »
You should have no problems finding state or county parks open at that time.  Many of them have hiker-biker sites and even if they don't you should be able to find fellow cyclists that you can share a regular site with to defray costs.  I think it is only in California that they have closed some of the sites and even there I think most of the closures are in Southern California.  But again you should be able to find someone to share a site with.  September/October is a very busy time for cyclists on the coast. 

Use the following links to the state parks to check on availability.  Remember there are also many county parks available as well.  I stayed in some great county parks when I cycled the coast.  There are even a few commercial sites, including KOAs, that offer hiker/biker sites.

For the Oregon part get the Oregon Coast Bike Route map (see link below).  It is a great help for both planning the route and checking on campgrounds.

http://www.parks.wa.gov/
http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=visit.dsp_find
http://www.parks.ca.gov/
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/BIKEPED/Pages/maps.aspx#ODOT_Maps
« Last Edit: April 06, 2014, 07:26:44 pm by Norsman »

Offline cgarch

Re: Tenting on the Pacific Coast Route
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2014, 06:30:41 pm »
Agree with Norsman, camping along the Pac Coast is pretty easy stuff - there are plenty of journals to attest to that.

I did look at your route and specifically in the Sonoma County area. I think you're making a big mistake to leave the coast at Skaggs Springs - Stewarts Point Road. It's one thing to do that road unloaded and questionable to do that loaded . . really questionable . . there are no services between the coast and Lake Sonoma, and that includes potable water sources. And there are many stretches that are 10-15% grades for many miles, some that are exposed. We use this road for an obnoxious double century called the Terrible Two and the Terrible Two's Bad Little Brother. While only ~36 miles, you may wish you had gone further down CA 1 and taken CA 116 and some other backroads to reach CA 128 through Healdsburg.

Here's a link to a ridewithgps route map - look at the elevation profile from mile 107.3 to 143.3 http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1417561 and you can make your own decision. Best of luck.

Craig
Retired Terrible Two Director
Santa Rosa, CA

Offline dayjack119

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Re: Tenting on the Pacific Coast Route
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2014, 06:46:26 pm »
Hey Craig:  Thanks for the input.  I don't mind pushing up a hill or two, but from what you say this route is terrible.  I'll check out the options. 
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Offline JMilyko

Re: Tenting on the Pacific Coast Route
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2014, 08:59:41 am »
Over the years I have heard about small campgrounds for riders along the Pac Coastline, and I have also heard that they closed some of them down due to problems with the homeless.

From the Pacific Coast #4 addenda:

Some of the CA state parks have closed their hiker/biker sites due to vagrants. You can find a updated list of hiker/biker sites by searching "Activity/Facility" at this site: www.parks.ca.gov/parkindex/

Hope this helps.

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Re: Tenting on the Pacific Coast Route
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2014, 09:01:51 am »
Thanks, Jennifer.  That's exactly what I was looking for.

Offline BikingBrian

Re: Tenting on the Pacific Coast Route
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2014, 10:11:27 am »
I noticed your route only goes as far south as San Luis Obispo. The issues with hiker/biker sites are when you get further south of Santa Barbara. However, these are more populated areas where you shouldn't have a problem finding a Warm Showers or a Couchsurfing host.

On another note, I see you are going through Sheridan and Buffalo, Wyoming - I took another route in that area which you might find interesting, check out Day 29 here: http://bikingbrian.com/bicycling/touring/usa2001/updates.htm



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Re: Tenting on the Pacific Coast Route
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2014, 11:00:59 am »
Hey Brian:  Looks like you had a great trip.  The wind was with you, right?  I did a west-to-east and wind was hardly a factor.  I met folks coming the other way and their experience was the opposite.  Yet I've read in places that it is the same each way.  I don't believe it.

My 2014 ride is actually a western USA loop from and to home in Iowa that is cut in half.  I found I don't like being away from home that long to do the whole thing at once.  So my 2014 end-stop in San Luis Obispo is my daughter's home.  It will then be the START for 2015.

The original route for this year is more or less a guideline at this point.  Host locations influence planning and I also take input from people like you and make adjustments every day.  I do appreciate your info and I will read your blog.  It looks like a great resource. 

The more detailed my planning, the more anxious to start I become.  Some areas appear to be inhospitable but I've found that I am often wrong about things like that.  It's the people one comes across that make the day.