Carrie Suriano
Pacific Coast
Rising about deflation Oyster farms, tidal wetlands, highway miles and three flats. The riding has been a mix of pleasantly scenic and busy main arterial highways punctuated by a morning flat tire. The busier sections led me to imagine myself as a piece of glass being tumbled by the ocean, only my ocean is the wind and noise of the rushing cars. It seems by the end I will be polished and smooth. The process is something to treasure.

The flats each day didn't dampen my spirit but momentarily stopped my progress and gave me some worry. It felt like trial by fire and it’s really to be expected. For those interested, if you want to improve your flat mechanic skills go on a bike tour by yourself.

Before this trip I had changed only one tire on my own. Now I have learned first hand, a thing or two, about how to fix a flat. The first is how it is better to avoid them by keeping my tires fully inflated. I thought my second and third flat were related to the cut in my tire (which I had to temporarily "boot" with a folded dollar bill) but inspection of the tube showed evidence of a telltale snake bite puncture. For those who need it spelled out like I did, this means a pinch flat occurred from too low of pressure in the tube. So lesson learned: top off your tires regularly!


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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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