In the summer of 2009 I rode my bike 2100 miles down the Pacific coast from Blaine, WA to San Ysidro, CA. I started riding on Aug. 12th and reached the border on Nov. 22nd. This is my ride diary. The prelude to this diary can be found here.
- Day 3 (8/14)
- 50.54 mi.
- 10.8 av
- 4:41 hr
- 193.8 mi total
- 1874.9 odo
I’m writing much earlier today. It was a short day compared to the previous two. I also woke up at 5:30 am today to attempt to make an exit before the camp hosts made their rounds. I packed all my stuff and moved to the day use area for breakfast. Besides being out of the camp site that I didn’t pay for it had the advantage of being dry. It rained last night and my table at the camp site was pretty wet.
The host came by and said hello but he was focused on fiddling with the water shutoff or power or something. So I got off with another night of poaching a campsite. I’m hoping for a hat-trick tonight. Because of the short distance and early start I got to the campsite at about 1:00. I could have made it earlier if it weren’t for the day’s fiascoes.
I started the day with my first flat tire of the trip. That set me back a half hour. Then I missed a turn in Bremerton. I got epically lost from that mistake. I spent an hour riding around that shit-hole trying to get out. I don’t think there was a single cool thing in that city. Just a military base and the degree of trashiness that they cause on a town that supports them. The weather today is a bit better, no rain but still partly cloudy. Tomorrow is supposed to get better. I’m planning to stay in a hostel in Elma unless I get motivated and push to Centralia. If I do that I can eat dinner at McMenamins! I’ll see my folks, Evie, cousin Amanda, and her husband Chris regardless. It will be good to see them. Mom is going to bring a bunch of goodies plus I’m a little homesick. All those hours of riding do nothing to prevent me from missing the people I love.
The park I’m camped at isn’t made for bikers. The site I’m at is for marine/human-powered travel. That means it’s bordered by the hood canal, hwy 106, and a boat launch. However, this means it’s apart from the main campground (Twanoh SP) so I doubt anybody is going to hassle me about paying. I’m taking extra time today to do laundry. All of my riding clothes plus underwear are drying in a group picnic site that wasn’t being used. I’m hoping they will dry by morning.
- 0 Bananas eaten but I bought some!
- $19.78 spent today… food for a few days.
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