Carrie Suriano
Pacific Coast
This is the End, My Friend It starts with a bowl of muesli and hot cup of coffee. The breaking down of camp is easy, and I feel ready for the day.

I am once again on my solo agenda. I started this journey alone, with only myself to answer to the flat tires when they came, or make decisions on where and when to stop. Details such as whether I ate out or prepared my food for the day. Or even when to get up and how long would I ride to the day’s final destination. 

Maybe there aren’t many who would have liked my routine. I woke between 5:30 and 6 a.m. to get on the road early. I ate peanut butter and honey on 28 out of 30 days. I stopped whenever I felt like it. It was these details that made the trip uniquely personal, but saying that I was out there alone is not really true. I always had the support of my family, Blackburn, and the tribe of bicycle tourists who are out there cycling each day. I would meet them along the route. I would meet them in camp. Even the local roadies would stop sometimes and share advice or their personal story.

Everyone I met (except one person, cycling northbound, who I met halfway through Washington) was happy to be out on the road adventure. We are there because we are choosing this vacation. There are as many reasons why this type of journey satisfies us as there are cyclists; still, we all do share a spirit of adventure. We get out there.

My run to the border was not as smooth as I would have hoped. I was able to savor all the scenic moments I could find: the surf board bikes at Trestles, La Jolla, the active boardwalk of Mission Beach, and the San Diego Harbor with the city skyline in the background. These are all standouts. Yet, I also became disoriented a little in the congestion and industrial areas. Some roads were under construction, and the traffic fueled me to keep going, rather than take enough time with the details of my maps.

The last day, I did get a little off-route, but I did finish. It was a proud moment and one of gratitude.

My personal journey was 1,903 miles long.

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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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