Shayne Khajehnoori
Pacific Coast
Crescent City, CA From one temperate rainforest to the next, I detoured off the 101 into the Quinault Rainforest which surrounds beautiful glacier-carved Lake Quinault. Owned and patrolled by the Quinault Indian Nation, very few boats navigate the lake, as boating and fishing permits are heavily regulated by the Quinault Indian Nation, ensuring the lake’s return to optimal ecological balance. This makes for a magnificently placid lake of incredible stillness, a spectacular remnant of the last ice-age.  

I stealth camped along the lake’s southern shore for two nights, and I explored the nearby rainforest trails by day, splashing and swimming in the refreshing cool waters of the lake and nearby creeks.  Sunsets invited a handful of paddlers out onto the lake, and traditional native canoes glided across the water as fish leapt out from the surface.

I could have stayed for months, but the two nights of rest had rejuvenated my muscles and I knew I had to move on. Reluctant to leave, partly because I knew the ride to Gray’s Harbor was quite drab, I headed back to the 101 and continued south towards the Oregon border.  

Passing through Aberdeen and Raymond in the county of Grays Harbor, it’s easy to see how the county got its name. Economic depression and a sunless sky meet here in one of the gloomiest sections of the pacific coast route. Campsites become scarce and inconvenient, and the industrial cities along the coast are less than inviting. Passing through, I urban camped in city parks and behind buildings, eager to cross the border into Oregon where a vibrant and rugged coastline awaits.


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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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