Tuesday, August 10, 2010

My September and October

Pretty cool, huh?

September 12, 2010

Sumas, British Columbia, Canada to Lake Cavanaugh, WA

about 66 miles

Our first day! We're going to start the day in Canada with a cold Canadian beer (after all, we're bookending this tour with a Tecate in Tecate) and a few miles in the great white North, then head south to Lake Cavanaugh in Washington state.

September 13, 2010

Lake Cavanaugh, WA to Seattle, WA

about 75 miles

Some more pretty riding in rural Washington, all funneling toward the Emerald City. We'll be leading a group ride in Seattle in the evening.

September 14, 2010

Seattle, WA to Olympia, WA

about 82 miles, including the Bremerton Ferry

This day starts in Seattle with a morning ride to the ferry dock and the always-pleasant ferry to Bremerton. From there we'll be riding the peninsula to the state capitol in Olympia. We'll be leading a group ride in Olympia.

September 15, 2010

Olympia, WA to Bay Center, WA

about 80 miles

We'll be riding through the rolling hills of rural Washington toward the Pacific Ocean, and starting our first of many miles on US 101. We'll be camping at the Bay Center Campground.

September 16, 2010

Bay Center, WA to Jewell Meadows, OR

about 74 miles

Today will mark our first sighting of the western coast of America - we'll be laying our eyes on the Pacific Ocean in Long Beach, WA before crossing the Oregon Coast Highway Bridge to Astoria, OR, and our second state of the trip. Our day continues past Astoria into the Catsop State Forest and Jewell Meadows.

September 17, 2010

Jewell Meadows, OR to Portland, OR

about 70 miles

The City of Roses! Our 5th day takes us from the forests of Oregon to it's capitol city. We'll ride from Jewell Meadows to the capitol building in Portland, and lead a group ride in the evening in Portland.

September 18, 2010

Rest Day/Awareness Ride Day in Portland

Although we won't be putting a dent in our touring miles, we'll be leading at least 2 group rides in Portland and doing some promotional work with a few local shops and clubs. Come join us!

September 19, 2010

Portland, OR to Lincoln City, OR

about 93 miles

Our legs "fresh" after a down day in Portland, we'll be knocking out 90+ miles for the first time in our trip today. We'll be heading west all day in search of the Pacific Ocean, arriving in LIncoln City and spending the night on the beach. We may be leading a group ride in Portland first thing in the morning - keep posted!

September 20, 2010

Lincoln City, OR to Winchester Bay, OR

about 97 miles

Even more miles! Inching toward a single-day century now.... Today's ride is simple: take the Pacific Coast Bicycling Highway south while looking at the Pacific Ocean all day. If you don't like good scenery, this isn't your kind of bike ride. If you like jaw-dropping postcard views all day, then come join us.

September 21, 2010

Winchester Bay, OR to Port Orford, OR

about 93 miles

Well, after waking up on the beach after yesterday''s ride, we assume that we'll be into doing pretty much the same thing. So we're going to stay on the coast and take 101 south to Port Orford, enjoying more views and great roads along the way.

September 22, 2010

Port Orford, OR to Klamath, CA

about 105 miles

High five! Our first single-day century of the tour also takes us into our third state, California. We'll be staying on the Pacific Coast Bicycling Highway all day, crossing into California about 2/3 of the way though our day. Camping on the beach is still the accommodation of choice, and tonight's venue will be Flint Ridge.

September 23, 2010

Klamath, CA to Eureka, CA

about 73 miles

We'll be sticking to our oceanfront riding+forests theme, enjoying both the Pacific Ocean and the giants of Redwood National Park today, before ending up in Eureka, CA. We'll be sure to explore some of the famous mansions and architecture the town is known for while we're there.

September 24, 2010

Rest Day/Awareness Ride Day in Eureka

Going to rest our legs and spread the word with the friendly locals of Eureka - we'll be leading a group ride this afternoon.

September 25, 2010

Eureka, CA to Leggett, CA via the Avenue of the Giants

about 88 miles

Well, this has all of the makings of one of the highlight days of our tour. After our "rest" day in Eureka, we'll be heading inland to the Avenue of the Giants - one of the most popular natural attractions in the world. Trees bigger than houses? Why yes, thank you.

September 26, 2010

Leggett, CA to Point Arena, CA

about 90 miles

If there's a way to one-up the natural beauty of the Avenue of the Giants, the ride on California State Route 1 all day might just do it. We'll let you know. Want to see for yourself? Come ride with us.

September 27, 2010

Point Arena, CA to Santa Rosa, CA

about 82 miles

Another gorgeous day riding the Pacific Coast Highway in California to on of the biggest cycling towns in the world, Santa Rosa, CA.

September 28, 2010

Rest Day/Awareness Ride Day in Santa Rosa, CA

We'll be leading some group rides and meeting some of the local cycling population in Santa Rosa - come say hello!

September 29, 2010

our own King's Ridge Gran Fondo

103 miles, about 8,500 feet of climbing

Some of us will be retracing the 2009 Gran Fondo route (yes, just for fun) while the rest of the team will be enjoying an additional day in Santa Rosa. The King's Ridge Gran Fondo is local pro Levi Leipheimer's home ride. We can't make the event this year, so we're setting out on our own ride. It's going to be awesome.

September 30, 2010

Santa Rosa, CA to Napa and Sonoma, CA

about 70 miles

All of this cycling has made us thirsty, so we decided on a detour day out to California's fabled wine country. Nothing like a few vineyard tours to relax those aching muscles...

October 1, 2010

Sonoma, CA to Muir Beach, CA

about 61 miles

A nice short day is on the calendar for our first day of October - after numerous vineyard tours the day before, we'll probably be glad we've only got 61 miles to go today! The day's ride ends on scenic Muir Beach, CA in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Another night spent sleeping on the beach....

October 2, 2010

Muir Beach, CA to San Francisco, CA

28 miles

Definitely going to be one of the best days of the tour. We're going to rise with the sun on the beach, then enjoy the ride into San Francisco over the world famous Golden Gate Bridge. The day will then be spent touring San Francisco and meeting some of the enthusiast commuters that tackle those famous hills every day. We'll be leading 2 group rides in San Francisco today.

October 3, 2010

Rest Day/Awareness Ride Day in San Francisco, CA

We'll be leading some group rides and touring the city - if you live in San Francisco, come show us your roads! We're excited to also take a trolley somewhere while we're here...

October 4, 2010

San Francisco to Opal Cliffs, CA via Half Moon Bay

about 82 miles

Leaving the City by the Bay, we'll head south along the coast to Half Moon Bay, one of the more famous beaches on the California coast for an unwinding day at the beach (and some bodysurfing!). After dinner, we'll take a twilight ride on to Opal Cliffs, CA for a night's sleep on one of their lovely beaches.

October 5, 2010

Opal Cliffs, CA to Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

about 50 miles

Taking it easy today with only 50 miles, but with all of them along Monterey Bay, and with the day ending in Carmel-by-the-Sea, I think we'll manage.

October 6, 2010

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA to Morro Bay, CA

about 123 miles

Well, here's where we put those legs to the test after an easy day yesterday. Tackling all of Big Sur in one day - a California cyclist's dream. Despite the mileage and the thousands of feet of climbing (or maybe because of the miles and climbing), the consistent views of the Pacific should make today one to remember.

October 7, 2010

Morro Bay, CA to Gaviota, CA

about 93 miles

More coastal riding and stops in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria should make today's ride a real treat. And at the end of the day? More camping on the beach!

October 8, 2010

Gaviota, CA to Ventura, CA

about 60 miles

A pleasant coastal ride today, with a stop for a Friday afternoon group ride in Santa Barbara. We'll then be cruising along Highway 1 around sunset all the way to Ventura and yet another night spent on the beach under the stars.

October 9, 2010

Ventura, CA to Beverly Hills, CA

about 83 miles

Starting the day with a Saturday morning group ride in Ventura, CA, we'll then head out for LA, stopping in Camarillo for some sightseeing (Chris was born there, and wants to see the town...). Up next, a stop at the Santa Monica Pier and some time at the beach! The day ends with a self-guided tour of Beverly Hills, a evening cruise down Sunset Blvd. and a nighttime view of the famous Hollywood sign.

October 10, 2010

Rest Day/Awareness Ride Day in Los Angeles, CA

We'll be leading some group rides and touring the city - if you live in Los Angeles, come show us your roads! We know there's a lot to see, so give us some ideas of some good places to see and things to do while we're here!

October 11, 2010

Rest Day

Okay, so we're going to be tourists for a day and enjoy Los Angeles.

October 12, 2010

Los Angeles, CA to Palmdale, CA

about 67 miles

This is the setup ride for tomorrow... 67 nice and flat miles...

October 13, 2010

Palmdale, CA to Big Bear Lake, CA

about 136 miles with about 14,200 feet of climbing

Ouch. Yes, we're bold enough to think we can complete stage 6 of the Amgen Tour of California. It'll be fun to look at the ProTour riders' times when we're done.

October 14, 2010

Rest Day at Big Bear Lake, CA

If you think we're doing anything but sleeping and eating under the sun at Big Bear Lake after yesterday, you're nuts.

October 15, 2010

Big Bear Lake, CA to San Bernandino, CA

about 42 miles

Nice, easy day through the San Bernandino National Forest, culminating in a group ride in San Bernandino.

October 16, 2010

San Bernandino, CA to Long Beach, CA

about 85 miles

Our Saturday takes us back through the concrete jungle of suburban Los Angeles, stopping in Pasadena for a group ride and a sightseeing trip to the Rose Bowl. Then on toward the Pacific Ocean once again - we'll be spending the night in Long Beach/Huntington Beach.

October 17, 2010

Group Rides in Long Beach, CA and Huntington Beach, CA

about 18 miles, plus group rides

Ah, Sundays. Nothing like meeting new friends over a few miles of Pacific coastline riding.

October 18, 2010

Rest Day in Huntington Beach, CA

We're going swimming and working on our tans.

October 19, 2010

Huntington Beach, CA to Oceanside, CA

about 52 miles

A full day back on Highway 1 on the Pacific coast, stopping in Laguna Beach, Dana Point and San Clemente for some sightseeing.

October 20, 2010

Oceanside, CA to San Diego, CA

about 40 miles

Another pleasant day on Highway 1 - this one is to be the last of our tour. We'll be passing through Carlsbad and Encinitas en route to San Diego, our last big city of the trip.

October 21, 2010

San Diego

We may go to the zoo..... who am I kidding, we're going to the zoo.

October 22, 2010

Group Ride in San Diego

We'll be leading an afternoon group ride to celebrate Friday evening - come join us.

October 23, 2010

More group rides!

We'll be leading a morning group ride, spending the day exploring the city, then leading a twilight ride. It's going to be fun....

October 24, 2010

Our last group rides!

These Sunday rides will be the last TYB group rides of the Border2Border tour, with one in the AM and a low key ride in the PM. Ah, Sundays...

October 25, 2010

San Diego, CA to Tecate, Baja California, Mexico

about 50 miles

THIS IS IT! Our last day of the tour! All of those miles have culminated in a short ride from San Diego to the Tecate Brewery in Tecate, Mexico. It's going to be a tasty beer....

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