Below you’ll find a summary of my long bike ride along with a few of the images I captured while pedaling the Pacific Coast Highway.
I’m now focusing my energy on one of my greatest passions, Operation Elf Box. Please visit Operation Elf Box for more information on how you too can help create a brighter Christmas for children. I’m grateful for this fulfilling and a very exciting life I get to live!
A special thanks to those who have encouraged me and supported the ride. Picky Bars, real food for real people; they were designed by pro athletes. Picky people love them. Without Picky Bars, I might have starved. Their generous contribution fueled my long bike ride.
June 17th, 2013 near Sisters Oregon
Headed to Newport with Jo on the floor and Noah at the wheel.
Having so much fun in Newport Oregon on the eve of my long bike ride. I just wrapped up an acoustic set. Noah Stroup sits in working it out musically with my buddy Richard Silen. It’s raining outside, perfect coastal weather. Shoeless Jo is sleeping in the car resting up. Tomorrow I pedal!!
June 18th, 2013 near Yachats Oregon
It barely rained today. It’s sunny, on a bluff I stand watching whales swimming by. Thirty five miles down the coast we went, Jo happily running the last few. He’s heavy. State Park camping, hot showers and an amazing sunset, this is most awesome.
June 19th, 2013
Here at the Umpqua River Whale Watching Station I arrive having covered forty (s)miles today. It was all pure awesome. Just south of Winchester Bay now. We camp. Jo’s happy. — at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park.
June 19th, 2013 near Winchester Bay Oregon
To my friends who haven’t figured it out yet, I’m only half crazy. I’ve ventured out on a long bike ride. It’s only day two and already I’m seventy (s)miles down the Pacific Coast Highway with my dog Jo.
June 19th, 2013
It rained all night! I love falling asleep to the sound of raindrops on my tent. At Umpqua Lighthouse State Park.
June 20th, 2013
Jo, he loves camping.
June 20th, 2013 near Sunset Bay State Park
I meditated on the sand for a few hours this afternoon at Sunset Bay. I rode thirty one easy miles down the highway. Camped out and lovin it.
June 22nd, 2013 near Brookings Oregon
I just ate an entire box of peanut butter chocolate no bake cookies, nine of them. Then I swallowed two large bins of strawberries whole. Took a thirty minute hot shower and partially charged my phone. I’ve been invited to sit by the fire with the two ladies from London.
June 23rd, 2013 near Brookings Oregon
It was raining last night. Jo and I stayed dry, the tent positioned under a huge tree. Six miles to California! We will miss you Oregon.
June 27th, 2013 near Mendocino
Ruff life; the sun is shining, headed towards Mendocino on a beautiful day with my best friend, Jo.
June 28th, 2013 near Nor Cal Coast
Sunny and warm, I ride shirtless. Jo’s travel trailer is now a complete convertible having lost the top that seemed to act more like a sail then a shade. We’ve traveled over 500 miles and no flat tires. Lots of love we receive from those passing by, they’re flashing peace signs out the moon roofs and gently tapping their horns.
June 29th, 2013 near Jenner Pass
Twelve miles into my day; I was invited to stay the night with a father and daughter whom I’d been playing leap frog with the entire ride. Their family had a house in a small town. I accepted the offer.
After sleeping in at the Sea Ranch, four women were roadside with two horse trailers. They jumped in the road flagging me down, saying that they need air.
My bike pump filled the trailer tire, putting the horses on the highway. Shoulder less, no shade and heavy traffic are the reputation of the steep pass ahead. They offered a ride over the twenty mile stretch, I accepted. After an awesome chat with Pat, the town of Jenner welcomed me arriving just in time for lunch and live music on the deck overlooking the bay. I’m eating organic. Perfect day!
June 29th, 2013 near Petaluma
Riding the coast on a bike reveals more mystifying beauty around every corner. It was one more awesome day of travel by bike. Here’s a humble admission of an amazing life experience. I also took a wrong turn and rode twenty miles out of my way into Petaluma, securing a hotel for the night. It is my second of two hotels on this journey. Now to rest as I’m wiped out.
It’s my final day of exploring the coastline by bicycle. I’m on a patio in Pedal-uma. Riding west to the coast, Point Reyes, then south on Highway 1 soon to be reaching San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park via the city bike route. Sounds easy, I’ll get lost.
Jo dog has been a thrill to travel with. I’m excited to share him with my Son very soon. I am eating everything in sight, consuming calories for the ride.
July 2nd, 2013 near Fresno
My long bike ride from Newport Oregon to San Francisco was 650 miles…or so. I pedaled everyday, thirteen days in a row. Most days I rode about fifty miles. My short day was thirty, my long day, sixty five.
Shoeless Jo learned shortly after we emBARKED to jump from of the trailer at just the right moment, running uphill beside me, attached by leash to the bike. He helped me by lightening the load by thirty pounds.
It occurred to me while riding over the Golden Gate Bridge that my dog Jo is now conditioned to running about twenty miles of hills….everyday. I’m in big trouble if he wants to continue this new exercise regimen.
Another adventure, perhaps a long bike ride is right around the corner!
~ Josh Hart & Shoeless Jo