Bicycling the Pacific Coast

Bicycling the Pacific Coast was first published in 1998, and has been updated for the most recent edition. It's a comprehensive and fully-indexed 272-page book that covers every mile of the 1987.3 mile Pacific Coast Bicycle Route between Vancouver and the Mexico border.

Bicycling on the Pacific CoastBicycling on the Pacific Coast

And when we say every mile, we mean it. The book is divided into 42 do-able days, averaging 52 miles a day, and every section comes with a detailed mileage log telling you exactly what you need to know in order to make the trip. After 2.4 miles you come to a small town with a grocery store. After 10 miles you reach a residential street which forks and you take the left fork. After 15 miles there are rest rooms. After 21.5 miles there's a bike shop. It really is that detailed.

Bicycling the Pacific Coast isn't just a mile-by-mile guide to the PCH, though. It's also a travel guide, listing the attractions you'll see on the way, and the diversions that are worth making. Plenty of practical, personal information too, like this about the Oceano County Campground near the Pismo Dune Reserve: 'Keep valuables, touring bags, and food stored well out of reach of the flock of marauding ducks and thieving raccoons.'

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The information is so detailed that you're in no doubt about the fact that the authors have pedaled the whole route themselves, and kept the book thoroughly up-to-date. Even so, it's now almost four years since the author's last trip, so you will want to double-check some of the important information in advance, especially if you're relying on campsites or hostels for overnight stops.

The authors don't pull any punches on which stages of the Pacific Coast Highway are the worst, where there's absolutely no option but to ride along a busy highway. But their routes keep that to the absolute minimum, and they're in no doubt at all that the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route is 'the best long-distance tour in the country' along 'the world's most scenic coastline.' And this book will be indispensable for anyone planning to make that Pacific Coast journey.

Bicycling the Pacific Coast

A Complete Route Guide, Canada to Mexico
By Vicky Spring and Tom Kirkendall

More cycling pages

  • Ways to Go

    Here are links to the different ways you can go along the Pacific Coast Highway, one of the most popular drives in the world but you can also cycle it.

  • Cycling the USA West Coast

    Lonely Planet's Guide to Cycling the USA West Coast is a bicycling guidebook for anyone touring California, Oregon and Washington by bike.

  • Cycling the Pacific Coast Highway: Advice, Information, Book Reviews

    Advice on cycling the Pacific Coast Highway, with information on routes, books, and accommodation options through Washington, Oregon and California.

  • Coastal California Guidebook

    Lonely Planet's Coastal California guidebook is the ideal travel guide for driving or cycling the Pacific Coast Highway from the Oregon border to Mexico.

  • Bicycling the West Coast in 1909: Two Wheels North

    Two Wheels North: Bicycling the West Coast in 1909 is the award-winning story of two young men who cycled the Pacific Coast from Santa Rosa to Seattle.

  • Alaska to Mexico by Bike

    Downhills Don't Come Free by Jerry Holl is an inspiring account of his trip from Alaska to Mexico by bike, and also showing why we sometimes need a challenge.



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