Shayne Khajehnoori
Pacific Coast
Continuing down the last remote stretches of the Oregon coast, highway 101 hugs the coast nearly the entire way to the California border. Leaving Coos Bay, I climbed the legendary Seven Devils Road, a fun alternative route to rejoin the 101 further south.  The road climbs to about 1000’ over a series of six false summits before reaching “Devil #7”, the final summit. As you crest each peak, spray painted numbers and funny declarations remind you that you’re not quite to the top. My favorite was near the peak; spray painted on the ground it reads, “You Devil.” Thankfully, my true reward came next when a strong tailwind placed its hands on my shoulders and pushed me 50 miles to Cape Blanco with minimal effort.

Had I known I may have seen the final moments of a rescue effort of a shipwreck off Cape Blanco, I would have peddled harder. Just hours before I arrived at Cape Blanco State Park, in the early morning darkness, a 52’ fishing boat crashed into the rocks near the point of the park where a lighthouse ironically stands. Four men aboard the ship jumped into a life raft but were unable to get to shore. In comes the Coast Guard Air Crew, who, in the turbulent conditions, were unable to hoist the men out of the water.  The Coast Guard instead dropped Petty Officer 2nd Class Darren Harrity into the water, and without a flotation device, he swam each man individually 250 yards to shore, totaling nearly one mile of swimming in dangerously cold waters.
    
That night, the entire beach and campground was buzzing with energy as people wove stories and tales of the rescue. One memorable addition to the story was Harrity had to hitchhike back to the Coast Guard station because there was no room for him plus the four survivors in the helicopter. I guess that is a hero’s luck.
    

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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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