Making a list, checking it twice

I’ve been doing more research than training for this ride, starting with the “bible” that everyone refers to, the nattily titled “Bicycling the Pacific Coast: A Complete Route Guide, Canada to Mexico“, a number of blogs from those who have done it and a private Facebook group of people currently on the route. There’s lots of great information to be found and the most common method seems to be carrying a boatload, sorry bikeload, of camping gear and staying at campsites and/or Warm Showers.  Some of the lists I found were mind-boggling and I didn’t want to lug all that gear so I’m going to stay in hotels and motels along the way.

Here’s my list of what I’ll have with me:

  • The bike, a Specialized Roubaix
  • Garmin Edge 800 with maps from the Adventure Cycling Association
  • 2 spare tubes, puncture repair kit and tire levers
  • Pump
  • 2 water bottles plus a Camelbak
  • Electrolytes and snacks/gels
  • Lightweight jacket, hat, layers, lots of layers
  • Timbuk2 pannier bags
  • Awesome aluminum rack from China that comes with no installation instructions. Despite the crappiness of the box and absolutely zero instructions it really is quite awesome and fits road/race bikes that aren’t prepped for a rack. As an added bonus it came with a really fugly free headscarf!
  • 3 gallons of anti-chafing butt cream (ok, perhaps not quite that much, but close)
  • Credit cards
  • Phone, portable charger and cables
  • Rear view mirror to minimize the fun from Lhermitte’s
  • Nitrile surgical gloves, just in case I need to perform any surgeries on the way (hopefully not on myself) and, if not, they are great for keeping the cold and wet at bay
  • Selfie stick, sorry, but I had to

My evening clothes for fancy dining in exotic places like King City, CA will be in the support truck along with spare tires, my laptop so that I can hopefully keep this blog updated and other sundries, medications etc.

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Aside from my legs and my bum, my other biggest concern is my throat. The radiation treatment left me with no saliva so I get severe dry mouth just breathing normally. Huffing and puffing on a bike in to the wind is going to be a challenge so I’m thinking that a Camelbak will be needed to avoid the desert throat feeling.

I just had the bike serviced with a new chain and cables so I think the planning phase is coming to an end and now it’s time for the doing phase. Yikes.

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  1. This looks like it’s going to be awesome and I’m going to follow along. Hope I can do the trip soon! You’re the man!


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