Showing posts from July, 2014

Cycle the Coast Slide Show

Back to work tomorrow to start the new school year. We spent the last couple days organizing our photos from our trip in order to create some sort of finished product. I should have started two weeks ago when we first got home since we still have a ton of pictures and video clips to go through on the GoPro. Oh well. It was a choice, and while my time lounging by the pool and watching Survivor was not as productive as it could have been, I enjoyed doing a whole lot of nothing to round out my summer. Hopefully now that we've practiced a little with this slide show, perhaps the "extended cut" will go a bit smoother and we'll be able to incorporate some of the time lapse and video clips.

Coastal Ride: Stats and Stuff

I may not like math like my husband, but I like stats. And while some of you might find this boring, I found this kind of information helpful for me when planning, especially when people went back to their original lists of items and reflected on their experiences. I would like to do that for anyone else planning this type of trip.

Before I get to that, here are a couple celebratory pictures. Thank you Mom and Dad, Pam and Erik, Val and Denis, and everyone else who made us feel like we really did something when we finished.

Peace Arch, Blaine WA to Border Field State Park, CA via Pacific Coast Highways (101, 1, and PCH)

Riding Stats

Total Days: 37

Actual Days Riding: 32

Total Miles: 1,741. 21

Daily Average: 54

Longest Ride: 89.36 miles (Day 32: El Capitan State Beach to Malibu, CA)

Shortest Ride: 22.02 miles (Day 36: Old Town, San Diego to Border Field State Park, CA)

Average Speed: 9 mph

Total Calories: 82, 379

Average Calories Per Day: 2,574

Most Calories Spent/Day: 3,998 (Day 32: El Cap…

Coastal Ride: Days 34, 35, and 36 (Tour Complete)

Sometimes when I think back to living outside of the states, it just doesn't seem real. I have the memories, I have the pictures, and in a few cases, I still have the friendships. But it's not my current normality and so those years take on a sort of dreamlike quality. It's kind of disorienting and a little sci-fi. This trip is already starting to feel that way and it's a little bittersweet.

We're semi back to real life. The new school year will begin in just a couple weeks. We've already flown up to Washington to retrieve our pups and our car. We've managed to unpack and wash clothes. We've gone through 40 something days of mail and paid bills and deposited checks. Tyler has done some yard work and pool maintenance. I've tried, and am still trying, to salvage any survivors from my vegetable garden and citrus trees. We're back to walking the pups at 5 am to avoid the heat this area is capable of this time of year. Leah has already had a trip to…

Coastal Ride: Days 31, 32, and 33

"Just because you're breathing doesn't mean you're alive." I found this quote on a subreddit for bad tattoos. Instead of "you're", they used "your". I suppose that's beside the point because I kind of like the quote. Sure it's a little cliche and yes, I can picture a good portion of my students really latching onto the words over the potential meaning (YOLO kind of shit right?), but for me and for this ride down the coast, it makes sense.

People's reactions over hearing what we were doing has varied from startled- to excited for us- to nervous for us- and at times very unclear as to why we would elect to do something like this. That's the part that is kind of hard to explain in a few minute conversation.We are not avid cyclists, obvious to those who know us, but doing something like this is not just about being on a bike for eight hours a day. No really, it isn't. And so while I wouldn't consider myself some hardcor…

Coastal Tour: Days 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30

"If not now, when? If not here, where?" At some point along the way we've adopted this philosophy. Mostly we say it in reference to foods and coffee and beer and wine. But honestly, I've had to let go a little. (I'm a kind of tight with money in real life). However, my typical mentality does not easily transfer to this kind of trip. I'm also way more routine than I thought I was (which is basically an impossibility when every day everything changes). It's been a challenge to do something like this--some days are way better than others--some rides fly by while others drag on. I'd say it is awesome 85% of the time (Tyler says 70%).