Day 12- Arrival in San Francisco

For the first 2 hours of our last day, we endured the most torrential rainstorm I had ever biked in.

The previous night our newly-made professional bike-tour-guide friend had assured us you couldn’t get lost going to the city. Earlier I had left my camera and phone in my front bag, and when we stopped at the Safeway in San Rafael ( to ask for directions since we were lost) I found them floating in two inches of water.

A super-amazing police officer who was attending to a purse snatching we witnessed in the previously-mentioned Safeway gave us absurdly detailed directions.

Later, the wrong directions from a well-meaning local sent us through Tiburon on Paradise Dr, a lovely road, with houses worth more than I will make in my lifetime.

The sun arrived and dried up all the rain.

The Golden Gate Bridge reminded me why it deserves every bit of praise sent its way.

My brother Davy met us outside his apartment. We did about 20 bonus M’s that day.

Day 11 – Highway 1 to Samuel P Taylor State Park

Jul 2nd 2011 — Biking,California,Portland to San Francisco — 8:55 pm

Day 10: California State Parks: Van Damme Beach to Salt Point

Jun 23rd 2011 — Biking,California,Portland to San Francisco — 7:47 am

Day 10. Another amazing day of riding on the Pacific Coast. Strong tailwinds all day. If you ever want to bike the Pacific Coast, I can’t stress the importance of biking north to south enough. I cringed every time we saw people heading north.

Day 9: To Highway 1

Jun 13th 2011 — Biking,California,Portland to San Francisco — 10:08 am

From Richardson Grove State Park to Van Damme Beach State Park.

Day 8: Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Jun 9th 2011 — Biking,California,Portland to San Francisco — 3:53 pm

One of my favorite days. The road went inland so it was warmer, and much of it was spent biking on the Avenue of the Giants. 30 miles of almost zero traffic through monstrously large redwoods. We also came across a free barbecue that a local business was putting on, complete with hippy sodas and a dj who was surprisingly good given the circumstances.

Day 7: Redwoods

Jun 8th 2011 — Biking,California,Portland to San Francisco — 12:03 pm

This was a big day of biking, around 80 miles or so. I remember being quite tired by the end of it. We ended up staying at a commercial campground, there was a brewery nearby we had been told about. By the time we got there, we were too exhausted to check it out though.

Day 6: To Elk Prairie Campground

Jun 8th 2011 — Biking,Portland to San Francisco — 11:03 am

Highway 101 is now the Redwoods Highway.

Day 5: to Harris Beach State Park

Jun 7th 2011 — Biking,Portland to San Francisco — 6:38 pm

With two amazing Jalapeno Burrito’s in tow, we had a much more reasonable day of biking. The woman at Harris Beach State Park said we were the first hiker-bikers she had seen of the season. This was our last night in Oregon.

Day 4: Reedsport to Bandon

Jun 3rd 2011 — Biking,Portland to San Francisco — 11:39 am

My favorite aspect to bike touring is the simplicity it brings to your life. While you are on tour your life consists of biking, eating, and sleeping. The only choices you have to make are directly related to accomplishing those things. Jeff and I went without the internet for over 2 weeks. It was glorious.

Day 3: Lincoln City to Reedsport

Jun 2nd 2011 — Biking,Portland to San Francisco — 10:37 am

Day 3 was our biggest day of riding, 87 miles, including a big uphill starting at mile 80. The ride was basically beside the ocean the entire time. The weather had much improved.

Biking Portland to San Francisco: Reach the Beach

Jun 1st 2011 — Biking,Portland to San Francisco — 2:40 pm

The first two days. PDX to Lincoln City and the Pacific Ocean.

Finally starting to get away from the city of Portland. A house.

Portland to Cannon Beach

Dec 2nd 2009 — Biking,Portland,Portland to San Francisco — 8:43 pm

On Saturday we drove to the coast. About an hour and a half drive from Portland.

Oregon Countryside Cannon Beach Hil and Kathleen Tillamook Rock Light Starfish Oregon Coast Breaking Wave Cannon Beach 2 Forest

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