Chas Eberle
Pacific Coast
Refresh The fog has lifted! Rolling inland for a few miles from Bodega bay felt like a change. Something was immediately different as we passed through the town of Tomales. During a regular coffee break, we were greeted by a group of 20 cyclists on fancy road bikes who were doing a club ride from Santa Rosa. Though a couple of them had toured before, the mentality felt quite different. The relationship I have with my bike is now that of an old car reliable car, or a trusty steed that takes me to new places on the regular. The miles have been whipping by, with little concern for total elevation gained in a day at this point. The roads here were beautiful, and I can see why they are popular day rides. I may have caught a little of that roadie bug...but I'm back to normal now. The last state park before San Fran was the ultimate bottleneck for cycle tourists heading south, so there was enough energy for a celebration! A fire was lit, beers were passed around, and things got rowdy. The hiker/biker camp was alive well pas
t 10pm, which was a true achievement.

Our arrival to San Fran was marked by my little cycling pack living out some of our finest rituals. Power dinner(ramen-curry soup with peanut butter) and coffee and donuts for dessert the night before, followed by a glorious late AM breakfast in Sausalito. We finally arrived at the Golden Gate, and it ended up being more of a chore than the peaceful, welcoming giant I had imagined. After carrying our bikes down and up two flights of stairs, the sidewalk was so busy that it would have been easier to walk.

But we made it! This would be the last day I saw my riding buddies, as San Fran was their last stop.


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  • What was the genesis moment or inspiration for your upcoming adventure? This trip has been a long time coming. Back in 2008 I began spending a lot of time at my local community bike shop in Bellingham (the Hub). I was beginning to learn a bit about bicycle repair, and did the typical college kid thing and built up a fixie. Eventually, I found a bike in a ditch and it was my goal to rebuild it from used parts and ride it to Portland. My buddy and I chose to ride the Washington Peninsula because we had never seen it, and thought it might make a good story. (It also had an easy bus system if anything catastrophic happened to my makeshift bicycle and trailer). We made our way to Portland over 10 days, and by day 3 I decided that I wanted to do the entire coast. Unfortunately, our short timeframe prevented that from happening. The trip to Portland went flawlessly, and I rode the train back to Bellingham hoping to complete the journey some day.
  • Have you traveled by bike in the past? I have done multiple other 2-3 day trips since the Portland trip, but nothing as substantial. Around town I commute to school/work every day, mountain bike 2-3 days per week, and have the weekly town/interurban rides with the gang (The Wetboyz).
  • What is your goal for the route? I have never seen to Northern California! I want to ride my bike through a tree, do some beach touring, find more small community bike shops, and do some surfing. It is also my goal to find some dirt connectors instead of just doing road the entire time. I want to have a loose plan, but let the trip adapt and change as the journey goes on. I want to share stories with people on the road, and travel to places recommended to me by other people, instead of relying solely on the guidebook.
  • What do you hope to get out of this journey? I hope to see some new places, make some new friends, and connect with myself in ways unknown at this point. I hope I can inspire people with this journey, and show them that it doesn’t take years of planning and thousands of dollars to see some of these beautiful places that are right in our back yard. I believe the biggest barrier for most people is simply getting out there, and I really believe in Blackburn’s mission statement. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao-Tsu Yes, it’s cheesy but that quote has inspired me in many ways. It encourages me to be open-minded and go bold-headed into projects instead of holding back and being overly particular.
  • “What’s in my bag?” 1.) Pink/silver Kershaw Leek knives. I lost and recently refound the pink one for a year, and the silver one was a birthday gift from my girlfriend to replace the pink one.
    2.) Fujifilm Instax 210 Camera + photo of my girlfriend and I from the Portage Glacier (Whittier, AK)
    3.) Lucky Bike Shorts – Had ‘em since high school.
    4.) Ratball. (a drinking game for the rats, developed by the Wetboyz) For making friends on the road.

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