Chas Eberle
Pacific Coast
Vancouver, BC to Bremerton, WA So I guess the thing about planning is that plans change, and my plans were no exception. Initially I had planned to ship my truck from Ketchikan to Anchorage and ferry down to Bellingham, but instead I took a 25 hour ferry to Haines and then drove the remaining 17 hours. It made more sense financially, I was able to spend 5 days with my girlfriend, and it added another cool stop to the journey.

Arriving in Bellingham was a strange experience, being that I had lived there for the past 7 years and was coming back for what was essentially a visit. I spent my time visiting some old spots, hanging out with family, and getting my bike all dialed up at my local community bike shop (The Hub). When everything came together, I met up with my riding partner (Howard) and we caught a ride from a friend up to the border.

Speaking of riding partner, I have one! About 2 weeks before my trip, my buddy's father-in-law contacted me for some advice on touring, and eventually asked if he could tag along. I slept on it for a couple nights and decided that, yes, of course I'll accept the company, safety, and motivation of a second cyclist!

So after a morning of riding back to Bellingham ironically, we headed back to the hub, which shut down early so that we could all get on the road a bit sooner. We left town around 5pm and that's when the party began. Beer stops, carnage, and hilarity ensued for the evening and continued for 3 days after. These are the buddies I went to school with, and the buddies I learned to ride with.

I have ridden the Bellingham-Whidbey island section a few times before and pretty much knew what to expect; awesome scenery, ferry crossings, and some moderate hills. So this part of the journey definitely felt like more of a reunion party than the beginning of a trip. This was probably a good thing considering it was a good distraction from the body fatigue and adaptation period I was feeling. By the 4th day it was definitely time for a break in Seattle and also time to say goodbye to the buddies as they went back to their lives up north. It also marks the beginning of what I would consider the real ride, now that we are entering uncharted territory and finding that touring rhythm for the first time. I'm definitely excited for what is to come on this next stretch, and excited to meet up with my Sister when we get to Astoria.

Onward!

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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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