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Offline Henk Wittekamp

pacific coast
« on: January 02, 2011, 04:36:08 pm »
I'm from the Netherlands and want to cycle the Pacific Coast route in May this year. Me and my wife have been cycling  several times in Asia and are now looking for a new challenge in the VS. i Can't find enough information about accommodation along this route as we are not camping and prefer to stay indoor during the night.
Are there on cycle distances hotel/motel ore other overnight accomodation and are they published. Or is the information on the maps from Adventure Cycling Ass. sufficient.
I would like to here from people with experiece what the possibilities are.
Kind regards,


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Re: pacific coast
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2011, 05:25:17 pm »
I have ridden this route using indoor lodging most of the time. Towns are close together; finding a place is not difficult. Where there are more than three places, the ACA map lists only three.

Where there were three or more places, I did not reserve a room in advance. Arriving in town in early or mid-afternoon, I asked for the local Chamber of Commerce or similar information center, where people were always willing to tell me about the choices and even telephone around for me.

These days, Wi-Fi is ubiquitous. 95% of motels and hostels have it. I now use Google Maps to look at the towns ahead, then "search nearby" for lodging. Then gets me opinions about the places from others who have stayed there. Being on line really helps.


Offline dougcalifornia

Re: pacific coast
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2011, 08:49:29 pm »
Henk There is a book called "bicycling the pacific coast" that gives great route information. Then just Google the town you want with the word motel or hotel in it. The book does list several hostels along the way. I have used the book for my trip and it is great.

P.S. there is also promotional magazine that you can pick up at most restaurants and rest stops that have room specials for travelers. it is also on line at  Doug
« Last Edit: February 13, 2011, 10:47:33 pm by Fred Hiltz »

Offline staehpj1

Re: pacific coast
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2011, 07:47:07 am »
Henk There is a book called "bicycling the pacific coast" that gives great route information.
It is a very nice book but is probably getting a bit out of date wrt services.

I'd probably invest in the ACA maps if I were going now and didn't already have either.  I have not used these specific maps, but based on my experience with their other routes I am sure they would be all you would need other than printing out the addenda from the ACA web site just before you go to be sure of having the latest changes.

Offline steelhead

Re: pacific coast
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2011, 08:40:40 am »
Since I live in Oregon I have biked this route often. There are many state parks along the way with yurts. In addition, all the parks have hiker biker only areas if you choose to camp.
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Offline jeff s

Re: pacific coast
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2011, 12:42:23 pm »
Henk, check out the link to the Oregon Coast bike map that Steelhead offered - it's very useful!  As far as (non-camping) accommodations, check out the Travel Oregon website - - they have a lot of good info & also a "Ride Oregon" section devoted specifically to bike touring.  If you're getting out to the coast from Portland, there are some great back road routes - see the City of Portland maps page:

Offline Westinghouse

Re: pacific coast
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2011, 12:54:37 pm »
As for myself, I would just go and cross those bridges when I came to them, but that's just me.

Offline Grumpybear

Re: pacific coast
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2011, 01:09:17 pm »
I just did that tour last summer. For most of the route finding a place to stay should be no problem. There is an area in California called Big Sur that has fantastic coastline but few towns, I would plan ahead for a place to sleep between Monterey and San Simeon.

Have fun,