Jennifer Schofield
Pacific Coast
The forest for the trees We camped at Standish-Hickey State Park along the Eel River on the 4th of July. No shower tonight, I swam in the river and that's good enough for me. I got to the beach as all the families were packing up and leaving. It was just me and three other people by the time I got in the warm, clear water.

I had the strangest experience floating on my back, looking up at the sky, I was able to see all the little particles floating on the surface of my eyes - little squiggles and dots. Funny to actually see them - they're always there but I forget because the daily conditions make it easy to look right past them.

On the beach I met two little Schipperke dogs, Oso and Bonnie. Little Bonnie came over to check me out when I arrived and each time I got out of the water. Guarding her mistresses, she gave me a few warning growls until her people said I was okay. With each encounter, she grew more comfortable with me until she finally rested her full weight against me. Such a sweet little dog, and while I miss my dogs terribly, I would never have gotten to do much more than pet her if they were around.  

I had been hoping for an extra t-shirt, and one appeared on the beach, in my size and very appropriate for my trip. The perfect day - to lead into Leggett Pass.  

Avenue of the Giants was up next: So many big, old trees. Walked on some long fallen trees. Several had hollowed out parts you could climb into. I called my husband from inside a tree one morning, That was a fun little phone booth.

On the hills today (in 99 degree heat), I was daydreaming about running and playing soccer. I'm either really enjoying myself, or going crazy. I'm starting to realize how good all this exercise feels.


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  • What was the genesis moment or inspiration for your upcoming adventure? Have you traveled by bike in the past? Reading Bruce Weber’s New York Times posts about his 2011 cross-country bicycle trip rekindled my 20-year old dream of doing a long bike ride. Then I talked with several friends who have done long tours – both the PCH and Transamerica…and I started thinking, hey, if these guys can do this, I can too. I’ve done the Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Classic a couple times – what’s a few more hundred miles?
  • What was the genesis moment or inspiration for your upcoming adventure? Have you traveled by bike in the past? Reading Bruce Weber’s New York Times posts about his 2011 cross-country bicycle trip rekindled my 20-year old dream of doing a long bike ride. Then I talked with several friends who have done long tours – both the PCH and Transamerica…and I started thinking, hey, if these guys can do this, I can too. I’ve done the Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Classic a couple times – what’s a few more hundred miles?
  • What is your goal for the route? What do you hope to get out of this journey? I intend to ride from Port Angeles, WA to the US-Mexico border. I am hoping for adventure, time on the beautiful Pacific coast, a good tail wind and embracing life outside the cubicle! I’m looking forward to visiting the small towns along the coast and especially meeting new people along the way.

MY MUST HAVES

  • Magic Feather Because believing I can do it is what's going to get me there
  • My Journal Documenting the memories as I go
  • My Phone Staying connected with friends and family
  • Lip Balm A little bit of comfort that I carry with me on every long ride

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