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Offline Daveymac

Hi there! I hope you are all well!
I am planning a bike tour from Vancouver south to Mission Beach in July.
Generally on tours, the night before, I look ahead at 4/5 potential accommodation options 100-150kms ahead of my current location.
In France I used a campsite, BnB app and websites....

I plan on staying in Hike n' Bike campsites and treat myself every 3/4 days to a BnB or guesthouse...
I have the digital & paper maps from the ACA... I can see 'Service Directory' information on the paper maps with some accommodation options...

I have the maps on my Garmin & also on my Maps.me App...

What is the easiest way to plan accommodation options while en route?

Thanks a million!


Dublin Dave.

Offline adventurepdx

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What is the easiest way to plan accommodation options while en route?

Haven't you already answered your own question?  ;)

But seriously, it looks like you have plenty of tools to figure out accommodations for your tour. And the thing about the Pacific Coast is that there are few places where there are a scarcity of lodging options. And if you have the ACA map, it'll warn you about them.

Camping is dead easy on the Pacific Coast, with a couple exceptions (noted on the ACA maps). Since the majority of places you stay at will be state run hiker-biker sites, you don't need to think much about them. They'll always be available to you, no reservations needed. Just look at the maps. Other map apps and google maps are useful, but if you are strictly staying on the route, superfluous. (They would come in handy if you decided to do considerable detours off the main route.)

Indoor lodging would be trickier. There are a decent amount of hotels and motels on the route, but if you are going in the high season, many will be booked up. That's when you can use google maps and other searches to book them a day or two in advance. If you plan on doing this, I'd recommend getting a North American cell phone number when you get State-side. Some of these places won't have online booking options, so you'll need to be able to call them (and possibly leave a message if you hit them at the time they close the office to clean, run to town to do errands, etc.)

But I wouldn't sweat these things too much. It's easy to overthink things before hitting the road. Many people have biked the Pacific Coast with less tools, and have come out fine.

Offline Westinghouse

There are plenty of state parks with hiker-biker sites. They are quite inexpensive. There are hostels.

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There are plenty of state parks with hiker-biker sites. They are quite inexpensive. There are hostels.

There aren't as many hostels on the coast anymore. There is a concentration in the Bay Area, and there's some south of there, but north is pretty scant. In Oregon, there is Seaside and a small one in Newport. The Norblad Hotel in Astoria has a bunk room.

Some of the nicer hostels that used to be on the route, like the Olympic in Port Townsend WA and the Redwoods Hostel south of Crescent City CA no longer exist.

Offline Westinghouse

You would have to use what's available. There might be warm shower hosts along the coast. There might be couch surfing hosts. I did the PCBR and mostly free-camped. I got showers in state parks. I used hostels four times---SF, Santa Cruz, Venice Beach, and Jim's in SD. I believe Jim's is not there anymore.

Offline Daveymac

Good evening! And a very belated thank you for your feedback...
I have also uploaded the route onto Maps.me on my phone... it is a great app, as u can use it offline & save data charges & battery!

I like the idea of going with the flow & trying camping... but I think I will treat myself, where possible to a comfy bed, shower etc...

I have heard some people warning about hostels in the US... compared to Europe/Australia/New Zealand.. I heard some unsavoury characters can stay there?!
I could be wrong though!

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I have heard some people warning about hostels in the US... compared to Europe/Australia/New Zealand.. I heard some unsavoury characters can stay there?!
I could be wrong though!

Maybe? But there can be unsavory characters at motels too, you just don't see them as much since you're not sleeping in the same room with them. I wouldn't worry too much about that.

Anyways, you won't run into that many hostels on your tour.

Offline Daveymac

Okay ... thank you mate!