Author Topic: Astoria, OR to Malibu area  (Read 846 times)

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Offline tanslacks

Astoria, OR to Malibu area
« on: April 23, 2010, 10:23:51 pm »
Hello everyone,

This is my first question and I know before I begin, it is a tough one to nail down. I ride my bike about 4 days a week, 40 to 60 miles at a time with several thousand feet of elevation gain on every ride. I also ride to town and do most of my errands on my bike. I'm 51 years old and ride almost always alone. The reason I mention this I want you to get an idea of my conditioning.

This summer I hope to ride the west coast from Astoria to Malibu area and I am having the hardest time trying to figure out how much time I need. i work full time and can only get 3 weeks off for the trip. I will be doing the ride alone and don't plan on much site seeing other than what I see from my seat. I have done several overnights, but they have all included very large mountain terrain, so I can't judge what to expect on the coast. I will be camping, I rise very early and find it hard to believe that I would only ride 4 or 6 hours a day with the long days and solo travel.

could anyone share some of their thoughts? Thanks in advance

Offline whittierider

Re: Astoria, OR to Malibu area
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2010, 12:42:00 am »
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I rise very early and find it hard to believe that I would only ride 4 or 6 hours a day with the long days and solo travel.
If you do it that way you'll miss the best of the helpful tail wind which is in the afternoons.

Offline johnsondasw

Re: Astoria, OR to Malibu area
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2010, 01:46:38 am »
I did almost the exact same trip in 19 days, averaging 72 miles a day.  I was 56 and in about the same riding shape as it sounds like you are.  I don't think you will have any real problems with it.  Get the Pacific Coast guide book, though.  You are going to love this ride.  It delivers every day.   
May the wind be at your back!