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.

This is one of the faces I came home to.

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 Capitan SB to Malibu, CA)

Least Calories Spent/Day: 1,059 (Day 36: Old Town, San Diego to Border Field SP)

Total Elevation Gained: 188, 574 ft

Highest Elevation Gain: 15, 306 ft (Day 28: Veteran's Park, Monterey to Plaskett Creek Campground)

Elevation Gains over 10,000/ride: 
                Day 19: 10,178 ft (Fortuna, CA to Richardson Grove SP)
                Day 21: 10,261 ft (Mackerricker SP to Manchester KOA)
                Day 20: 11,375 ft (Richardson Grove SP to Mackerricker SP)

Least Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft (Day 36: Old Town, San Diego to Border Field SP)

Where we stayed:

Tent Camping: 20 nights (including the night before we started)
Hotel/Motel: 7 nights
With Friends and Family: 5 nights
Yurt: 3 nights
Cabin: 1 night
Home: 1 night

What we ate:

(This list covers the foods we had with us and ate most of the time. It does not include any restaurant or cafe stops. Also, we did not carry all this food from day 1. It was packaged and divided into four separate sections to cover the length of our trip, and to be either mailed or hand delivered to us at designated locations by our dear friends and family. We love them.)

  • "Homemade" Trail mix- cashews, peanuts, chocolate drops, raisins, dried pineapple, dried mangoes, banana chips, pretzels, almonds, walnuts and pecans 
  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (with chocolate chips and walnuts) 
  • Beef Jerky/Steak Strips/Turkey Jerky (Costco)
  • Protein Bars (Clif's chocolate mint are unreasonably good for a protein bar)
  • Luna Bars
  • Regular and seasoned tuna packets 
  • Sandwich Thins ("bread" that doesn't lose shape and is reasonably tasty)
  • Peanut Butter and honey (awesome sandwich that I never knew existed until this trip)
  • Honey Stinger Chews (quick energy)
  • Honey Stinger Waffles (quick energy)
  • Smoked Salmon (First two segments of trip--from Olympia's Farmers Market)
  • Hard Boiled Eggs (First 8 days or so when the temps were cooler)
  • Dried Papaya Spears
  • Dried Canteloupe

What We Brought (Clothes/Camping/Miscellaneous):

Clothes for Riding:

  • 1 pair long bike pants -- sent home as weather warmed (used in WA and OR)
  • 1 pair bike capri -- sent home as weather warmed (used in WA and OR)
  • 2 pair bike shorts
  • 1 underarmour long sleeved shirt -- sent home, never wore
  • 1 long sleeved pullover -- sent home as weather warmed (used in WA and OR)
  • 1 short sleeve -- sent home as weather warmed (used in WA and OR)
  • 3 tank tops -- sent one home, too many tanks
  • 2 sports bras 
  • rain/wind jacket -- ESSENTIAL!
  • rain pants -- sent home, never wore
  • keen bike sandals
Additional Clothes:
  • bathing suit
  • flip flops
  • sneakers -- sent home, never wore
  • jeans
  • jean shorts
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 tank tops -- sent home one
  • 1 hooded sweatshirt (also used as pillow!)
  • 1 long sleeved flannel
  • 1 bra
  • 3 panties -- sent home one
  • 2 long socks -- sent home one pair
  • 2 short socks -- sent home one pair
  • 1 pair yoga pants -- good, comfy choice
Camping Equipment:
  • sleeping bag
  • ridge rest
  • tent
  • 2 tarps -- one sent home
  • 3 dry bags -- one sent home, other two used around sleeping bags while riding 
  • rope
  • swiss army knife
  • mini-cutting board -- used, but later sent home
  • paring knife 
  • carabiner, s hooks
  • lighter/matches
  • head lamp -- sent home, never used (shockingly--I think because we went to bed so early)
  • triangle push light
  • mess kit -- sent home, used once (we ate like animals)
  • utensils -- Essential!
  • water purifier
  • extendable poker for cooking over fire -- sent home
Toiletries: (All essential to me. All in small amounts as if flying, except the bug spray and sunblock)
  • comb
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • hair product
  • contact stuff
  • glasses
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • floss
  • hair ties/bands/buffs
  • soap
  • lotion
  • toilet paper (fortunately not used--would definitely bring again though--just in case)
  • wipes
  • hand sanitizer 
  • bug repellent
  • sun block 
  • chap stick
  • girl stuff
  • diaper rash cream (unfortunately, this is not a joke)
  • disposable razor
  • first aid kit
Bike Gear:
  • back panniers 
  • fenders
  • handlebar bag
  • small saddle bag
  • 3 water bottles (and cages)
  • front light
  • flashing back light (2)
  • reflector vest
  • helmet
  • mirror
  • sunglasses
  • 2 bike locks + 1 extender cable -- sent one lock home (one lock + extender was perfect for both our bikes to be hooked around decent sized trees)
  • bike gloves -- personal preference, sent home
  • patch kits + patches
  • multi-tool
  • pliers
  • extra tubes
  • liquid soap watered down + rag (to clean rims)
  • rag and oil and brush for chain
  • sandpaper for brakes
  • duct tape and electric tape
  • ziplock bags
  • zipties
  • notebook and pen
  • double sided velcro
  • extra batteries 
  • nylon bag (held toiletries)
  • solar charger + batter (YES!)
  • ipod and rechargeable speaker (YES!)
  • beach-size towel chamois (YES!)
  • dynamo hub (front wheel power generator) + battery (YES! Used for navigation.)
  • GoPro


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