Carrie Suriano
Pacific Coast
Mantra There is a great hiker/biker spot situated next to the ocean at Cape Lookout State Park. You can hear the surf break while you cook, and it lulls you to sleep. The tall trees surround you, the feeling sheltered and comforting.

This loveliness is as memorable as the hill climb that starts almost right out of the campground the next morning. The climb was to be the first of three major climbs for the day. I felt it was a good test and confirmation of my release of anxiety about going uphill. My bike weighed 80 pounds, but rather than think of that I focused on pedaling.

“Make circles,” “push, pull,” became my mantras.  

It took some effort, but I did it and moved on. I enjoyed the day filled with lots of other moments: unexpectedly seeing a friend in the Cape Kiwanda parking lot; the beautiful area surrounding the Yaquina Lighthouse; a stop in Goodwill that scored me two super-bright green riding shirts; the pleasant ride through the town of Newport; a walk on the beach; and, the pleasure of discovery along the interpretive boardwalk at South Beach State Park.


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  • What was the genesis moment or inspiration for your upcoming adventure? The inspiration came from a reach out by a friend via Facebook. She put the idea out there, I spoke with Nick (the head Ranger) and the desire for a long bike adventure has taken hold of me.
  • What is your goal for the route? My goal is to turn the pedals enough times to get me from Canada to Mexico. My goal is to have fun riding my road bike and to make biking an even more integrated part of my transportation/vacation choices. I am signed up for Cycle Oregon in September, a supported 505 miles. This will be excellent training.
  • Have you traveled by bike in the past? I have done two short trips by bike. My first trip was a solo adventure in New Zealand. I rode along the west coast of the South Island, around 389 miles. The road was pretty much quiet and the places I stayed either empty or full of group travelers. My second trip was more of an urban ride--I rode from Portland to Bend which is around 180 miles. Both trips I camped and in New Zealand I also stayed in backpacker hostels.
  • What do you hope to get out of this journey? I hope to wake up somewhere refreshing, like in a campground near the ocean, many times over. I look forward to getting away from habits and exploring my "local" area in an intimate physical way. And I look forward to simply being responsible for myself and the spontaneity and routine that I will find in that. I look forward to meeting people and hearing their journey of choices along the way.

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