on the OCEAN HIGHWAY

Introduction

This website features a human powered recumbent trike journey along the western coast of the United States, from Florence, Oregon to Atascadero, California, a distance of 875 miles along the Pacific Coast of the United States. The story, photographs, and movies  appear on this website. Click the Day by Day button in the menubar (above right) for a drop-down menu containing all 19 days, where you may read that day’s story and view all the photographs for the day. Click HERE to view the Movies. If you wish to just read about the journey, without all the photos, click on The Tale button for a text page. The 929 photos appear on The Photos page. A 25 minute and 30 second musical media presentation of the entire ride appears below, and also on the Movies page. Thank you for visiting – enjoy the adventure!

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SUMMARY:

Riders: David Massey, Matt Jensen, and steve greene

Human Powered Vehicles: Azub TriCon tricycle, Surly Long Haul Trucker bicycle, ICE Qnt tricycle

Departure Date: September 03, 2013

Departure Point: Florence, Oregon

Destination Point: Atascadero, California

Distance: 875 miles (1408 kilometers)

Overnights: Hiker/Biker tent camps at coastal campgrounds 

Periodic Updates: Provided by former 2009 DVTE correspondent Desert Dune on the “Progress” page of this website, and rider David Massey on his personal website called Good News Only.

PCTA Epic Movie:

The final epic movie of the PCTA – Music & song by Rob Kimball of San Luis Obispo, California

THE TEAM:

Adventurer steve: 62 years old, pedaled 875 miles from Florence, Oregon to Atascadero, California in 19 days. Steve is the publisher of Trike Asylum, and author of several books.

Adventurer David: 63 years old, pedaled from Coos Bay, Oregon to Arcata, in northern California in 5 days. David is a high school computer and art teacher. Visit his watercolor painting website to view some of his artwork.

Adventurer Matt: 44 years old, pedaled 57 miles to Charleston, Oregon. Matt is a free spirit, living in the present moment, pedaling one of his human-powered cycles much of the time.

PCTA (30)Steve Greene and David Massey get ready to pedal south from Charleston. ICE and Azub trikes sit poised at Bastendorff County Park the morning of Day Two. Photo by Matt Jensen.

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A short set of clips captured by David Massey during the Oregon portion of the PCTA:

PCTA (234)Azub and ICE trikes on the road in southern Oregon

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Here is a Beach Boys tribute to the Pacific Coast route:

7 responses

  1. Jerry Forster

    Hi again Steve, Just curious about one thing. This will be your third trip south, if I have it right. You tell of the trip there, but how do you get back home? Do you ride back or take the train? Just wondering.

    August 1, 2013 at 8:52 am

  2. Howdy Jerry!

    Yes, this is the third trek to mama’s house. My sister now lives with her, watching over things. I usually stay down there about 3 months, as I visit about every other year now. I used to own a car, which made it easy (could get there in one long day), but nowadays, preserving the integrity of the air I breathe (and what everyone else breathes too) is more important, thus my acquisition of the trike in 2009. I travel about the distance in one day that a typical car covers in one hour.

    This year, I will stay with mom and my sis through Christmas. I’ve been contemplating returning by trike later in the spring, but have yet to decide so far in advance. Riding back north along the coast would be fun too. In the past, I’ve rented a small, fuel efficient car, offsetting the carbon footprint through the folks at TerraPass. If I choose to drive back this trip, I will see about renting a hybrid and using a carbon offset program perhaps through The Nature Conservancy.

    I’ve been able to reduce my carbon footprint considerably since 2008 when I sold my last car. The trip south is always free of emissions, except for human flatulence now and then, but even that is minimal since the body is burning calories far faster than I can eat them. When down there, I usually end up driving my mom around, and this year, I am going to try to talk her into offsetting her pollution also – she’ll be 86 shortly after my arrival, so may just be a tad set in her ways by now, ha ha.

    Taking the train is too much of a hassle with a trike and gear. David Massey was originally going to take Amtrak up to Oregon to begin this trek with me, until he discovered the cost and loading hassles were not worth it. The plan now is that he will rent a Hertz car, drive to North Bend (about 45 miles south of Florence), and I will meet him down there at a campground (the first day I’ll ride solo 57 miles to the camp, and then on Day Two, we’ll head out as a team.

    At least this year, the first 865 miles of the journey are along the coast, so I’ll have campgrounds, along with things like showers and laundries, at my disposal, whereas the past two times on my inland routes, I had to sleep in road turn-outs, church lawns, gas station parking areas, and wherever else I could find come sundown. I am eager to light the candle and get underway!

    Okay, enough of my long-winded response, which was probably more than you wanted to hear anyway. Thanks for chatting. Follow this website, and short of me updating it en route, the whole story will appear sometime after I arrive at mom and sis’s house, rest up a bit, and hit the computer keyboard once again! Take care my friend. See ya’ …

    steve

    August 1, 2013 at 2:29 pm

  3. Jerry Forster

    Thanks for the reply, and know it wasn’t too much. I’m always interested in trips like this. My wife Elinor and our daughter Holly have toured many times on diamond frames and Loves it. Can’t wait till we can tour on the trikes. We are (Elinor and I) planning a tour on the Oregon scenic bike trail next year. Hope to see you on the road sometime soon.

    August 5, 2013 at 9:29 am

  4. Hey, Steve: Ah, now I see the outline of the trek. Sounds great. Sept. is a good month on the coast after most of the summer turons in cars/trucks/buses/RV monsters are gone. You can stay at our place in Tehachapi if you like, although it is up in the hills some distance (about 4 miles) from hwy 58. Also, we don’t really have a guest room set up, so you’ll be camping on the lawn, but showers, restroom, etc., of course, will be easily accessible. Do you plan to take 58 up and over Tehachapi Pass? Woodford-Tehachapi Rd. is MUCH preferred–scenic, quiet, beautiful, though steeper. I assume you’re on Sierra Hwy then back roads past Saddleback Park and all that to Apple Valley? That’s a nice route that I’ve pedaled a couple of times.

    If you want to stay closer to the route, there is good camping, and I think showers, too, available at the glider port off of Highline Rd., which now has awesome smooth shoulders! Plenty of room for trikers, too.

    So give us a heads up when you will be coming through. We hope to be away on many weekends this fall for adventures in the eastern Sierra’s, so many of these will be booked. I know for sure we’re busy on Sept. 14/15, for example.

    Hope your trip goes well.

    Scott

    August 29, 2013 at 1:37 pm

  5. So wish I was going with you guys! Good luck! I look forward to reading your writings, watching your video’s and viewing your pictures – I shall live vicariously with you throughout! :)

    September 1, 2013 at 4:19 am

  6. Hey, thanks Nigel. Great to hear from you again. We’ll make sure the adventure is a grand one so you can stay up all night reading about it. steve

    September 1, 2013 at 4:06 pm

  7. daytriker

    Are you sure your name isn’t really Indiana Greene?

    October 8, 2013 at 7:50 pm