Attempting a long stint in the woods 1

Attempting a long stint in the woods
Back in 2012 I hiked from central Oregon to the coast and down to the border with California. After some trips on foot, I was managing 2 weeks between re-supply just with what I carried. I got curious, so I packed as much as I could, and went 30 days between a resupply. This is ...

Repair, Rear Rack

Repair, Rear Rack
Shortly after beginning my route through The Lost Coast, I noticed my rear rack rubbing on the tire. This probably happened as a result of metal fatigue, the rack is very light weight. The fix was instantly apparent, I should simply splint the fracture with a couple of hose clamps. As an added bonus, while ...

Erik’s First Nature Video

Tom, thank you for your hospitality and help. You’ve given me the tools I need to succeed. Also, editing video is FUN! Holy smokes. I think we hit on a great idea of having an extra couple of memory cards for video only, to be edited and voiced over in the future, when I can ...

Redwoods – Ferndale North 2

Redwoods - Ferndale North
Ferndale is a lovely little town to arrive at after a stint in the Lost Coast.  I did all my cleaning… laundry, showers, and rested in a quiet park campground. Once underway, I realized this was the first flat paved riding I’d encountered so far.  Humboldt Bay Area is marvelously flat.  I rode and rode, ...

Mounting a bottle carrier on the downtube

Mounting a bottle carrier on the downtube
I started putting together a plan for mounting my cooking fuel on the bicycle frame.  There are a few products on the market which somehow strap on to the tubing and hold a bottle carrier in place. My cooking stove is able to burn gasoline as easily as white gas, so I fueled up at ...

Lost Coast by Bike, Part 3

Lost Coast by Bike, Part 3
The sky broke open.  Hot, blinding light saturated the earth, which began to geyser with steaming water that had come down with the winter storm’s drenching. My batteries were all used up, and I raced around to gather solar power, heat water for a bath, and assemble my touring bike so I could get the ...

Lost Coast by Bike, Part 2

Lost Coast by Bike, Part 2
Usal campground is merely 10 miles from the paved road of Highway 1.  After spending six nights at this campground and after finishing nearly all of my food, I set off on Usal Road toward Shelter Cove. Should I ride back to Fort Bragg, since the time of year is so early, go around and ...

Lost Coast by Bike, Part 1 3

Lost Coast by Bike, Part 1
Fort Bragg to Usal Beach I came away from Fort Bragg with a pretty strong sense that my bike could handle mountain roads.  It’s heavy, 100lbs sometimes, but it is faster than hiking, if you compare carrying 81 lbs with a backpack that weighs 6. Whenever possible, I rode the bike.  Sometimes I walked along ...

Departure from the norm 1

Departure from the norm
After about one week of riding north from San Francisco, I developed an extreme pain in my right knee.  Of course, this probably goes back to a snowmobiling injury at around the age of 14 that I never told anyone about. After studying the problems bicycle riders encounter with their knees, I made some changes.  ...

Kit Sorted

Kit Sorted
I am extremely stoked about my new bicycle mirror.  On my bicycle, I have “drop” bar style, first seen as “ten-speed” handlebars here in the states, they are road bike bars. Try mounting a rear view mirror on one. Everyone has their own favorite mirror, but I’ll neglect all of those opinions in favor of ...

Making progress again 1

Making progress again
The new ‘granny gear’ gearing has made a big improvement.  Hauling around 100 lbs. is no small feat, but I’m within limits.  Imagine moving that load on foot! Getting very close to interesting trees… already I have seen silver fir, sitka spruce, and other northern species. Today was the first time a driver actually forced ...

Beautiful Bodega Bay 1

Beautiful Bodega Bay
I couldn’t possibly describe for you this little town just north of San Francisco on the epic Pacific coast of North America, though I feel an obligation to share what I found. Bodega Bay is a little town along a strip of Highway 1 (not 101), a harbor, and home to two fantastic parks along ...

What a time to be alive

What a time to be alive
I really think this is an amazing age to live in.  From my perspective, the modern times certainly fit my goals and dreams. Often I tell people that it is just within the past 5 years or so that such a bicycle tour would be possible.  For instance, I plan on spending a month or ...

Coastal Shroud

Coastal Shroud
just a few pics from under the coastal shroud, among sand dunes and the chaparral that grows here… This harbor town on the coast is just wonderful.  I’m waiting for a replacement piece of equipment mail ordered online, and getting to know some of the local culture and lifestyle.

Headed north slowly, very slowly

Headed north slowly, very slowly
Having the luxury of checking out the spur routes and visiting along the way, I have met so many interesting and kindred people.  I am headed north, but I’m going to continue checking all the spur routes and taking it slow.  The results can be seen…