Shayne Khajehnoori
Pacific Coast
Vancouver Island to Seattle to Olympic Peninsula 6/27 - 7/5

On a time crunch to meet friends on the San Juan Island and be in Seattle for the 4th of July, I quickly thumbed a series of rides to Victoria, on the southern end of Vancouver Island. A pilot, a farmer, and an engineer, all graciously took myself and bike aboard their vehicles and I arrived without incident (and well fed thanks to the farmer) in Victoria within hours. 

Along the way, I gained a new travel partner, a renowned hairstylist, making her way back to Victoria from a wedding. Arriving in the eclectic Victorian neighborhood of Fernwood, we dove right into a night of Pride celebrations, party hopping with Victoria’s vibrant and thriving queer community.

Sad to leave the colorful city of Victoria, I caught a ferry back to the United States and landed at Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. The San Juan Islands are known for their migrant and residential orca populations, and I was lucky to catch several sightings of the beautiful animals as they traveled through the Haro Straight hunting the delicious Chinook Salmon.

Feeling island fever at last, I boarded another ship to Seattle, the BC Clipper. As the crew hoisted my Niner RLT bike onto the deck, the captain sought me out to get the details on my trip and admire my touring rig. 

I landed in Seattle and was greeted by an old friend, and we began brainstorming and planning a few days of camping in the North Cascades National Park. We spent two nights camped in old growth forests hugging the edges of Lake Diablo, swimming, paddling, and hiking to stunning overlooks of the towering rock that is Pyramid Peak.

After July 4th celebrations, and itching to get back on the bike after what seemed like weeks not riding, I made my way to the Olympic Peninsula. I was getting excited to finally utilize my packraft for a river adventure. Nervously checking river water levels online, I hoped that the rivers that I was familiar with on the peninsula would be running, and that I had not toted my packraft and paddling gear along in vain. It looked like I would be in luck, as a heatwave had just melted a bit more of the glacier that feeds the Hoh River. I quickly made my way down highway 101 and into the rainforest.

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  • The inspiration for my upcoming cycling and paddling adventure is rooted in my desire for exploration, both internally and externally. I am able to better fully understand myself and learn from others as well as my environment when I launch myself into the unknown. The excitement lies in every rotation of the cranks, every untraveled road, and every unexplored river and coast. Adventure is the currency that I barter in, and my bike, my trading post.

    Over the last four years, I have embarked on several multi-day bicycle and bike-rafting tours throughout the west coast including the Humboldt Redwoods, the Northern California coast, and the Olympic Peninsula. My personal highlight was bike-rafting from Seattle to Portland via the Olympic Peninsula. With my packraft carefully nestled atop my rear rack, restlessly waiting for inflation, I was able to mix adventure cycling with some hair-raising whitewater paddling on several rivers on my way through the Washington. This upcoming trip, I am excited to revisit these same waterways and explore more as I head south through Oregon and California.

    I have several goals for my trip, all challenging in their own way. As I disconnect from the habitual daily rituals that dictate my current life schedule, I gladly welcome the ability to set aside time and energy to focus on self-exploration and development through writing, photography, videography, breathing and meditation. My goal is not to log a hundred miles a day or climb 5000 feet a day, but to allow myself to stay open and seek out new experiences, people, thrills, and uncertainties.

    This coastal journey from Canada to Mexico will undoubtedly be a life altering event. Through my communion with my bike, packraft and the environment around me, I hope to learn something new every step of the way. My focus does not solely rest on what I can get out of this journey, but also on what I can give. A poem, a picture, a prayer, a smile, a hug, an inspirational glimpse at adventure. I hope to open myself up in a way where I am in a position to give as well as receive, to equitably exchange knowledge, joy and energy with people and my surroundings.
  • What’s in my bag? Packraft - This is the best way for me to get off the road and explore more remote areas.

    Cameras (Canon 60D & GoPro Hero 4 Black) - These are absolutely essential tools for documenting the adventure ahead.

    Fishing pole - I’m hoping to snag some surfperch and rockfish.

    Homemade, homegrown, organic healing salve - A combination of calendula, yarrow, comfrey, and plantain from my garden, infused in coconut oil with a bit of arnica oil and lavender essential oils. Great for cuts, abrasions, sun burn, sore muscles, or giving a massage.

    Recorder - A simple musical instrument. Nothing like busting out a Disney show-tune around the campfire.

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