Tour2014

Tour without a goal – 11 August 2014

to the sound of flowing water found my way down to the village   -Santoka angels and Dutchmen The campground at Lassen is at over 7000 feet of altitude so it as a nice rid down to the valley below. As it does it warmed up as I descended but big fluffy white clouds kept rolling in keeping things cooler. Things flattened out at this big valley with mountains all around and trees ahead. It…

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Tour without a goal – 10 August 2014

came along a mountain path talking to myself   -Santoka under the volcano In 1915 Mount Lassen erupted – twice. Two years later Lassen Volcanic National Park was formed and like so many of those early parks the centerpiece is a road that runs through it. I’d wanted to spend a but of extra time here since I wasn’t even really aware of this park before the tour (shameful I know) but the best way…

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Tour without a goal – 9 August 2014

Warm nights, the lee of twisty pines — high jets crossing the stars -Gary Snyder scorched earth In the morning I found a hiker sitting on the picnic tables in the hike/bike site. He figured he’d camp at Burney Falls for a week or so, hike the trails, “maybe take the PCT over and then hike up Lassen Peak”. As he outlined his plans he crushed a package of ramen, filled it with water cold…

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Tour without a goal – 7 August 2014

The clouds come and go, providing a rest for all the moon viewers. -Issa California It turns out that the next campsite from Ashland is 70 miles away. I hadn’t quite realized this and I spent far too much time this morning running some final errands. I hit the road after 11 and it was already pretty warm. After returning the main route the bulk of this mornings ride was riding up to Siskiyou summit.…

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Tour2009: Itinerary

This is my basic Itinerary for the tour. This will also serve as an index of sorts, as I’ll turn all these pages into links after the tour.  This basic route is from Kirkendall and Spring’s Bicycling The Pacific Coast, with my own route for the first couple of days and ending in San Francisco. From San Franciso I’m taking the Coast Starlight Amtrak home which I’m also looking forward to – I haven’t done…

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