Now that the holidays are winding down, we’re looking forward to our first bike trip of the new year and are headed down to California! While not extraordinarily exotic, it does promise some desperately needed sun. Our plan is to take Amtrak Coast Starlight down from Portland to Paso Robles, spend a night or two there, then work our way to San Luis Obispo and explore the town. From SLO, we’ll ride down south as far as Ventura (maybe a side trip into Ojai), then hop Amtrak into Los Angeles to visit family and friends. Then using the Amtrak Surfliner, go down to San Diego where we’ll begin the desert portion of our trip, riding through Julian to Anza Borrego, Salton Sea then turn North towards Palm Springs.
That’s the rough plan anyway. Things always change.
Aside from putting some real loaded miles on our Vayas, one goal is to travel with a lens focused on bicycle tourism to see what works and what doesn’t. So we need your help. If you’ve got any tips on communities, advocacy groups or businesses (restaurants, lodging,etc.,) that are bike friendly and actively reaching out to cyclists let us know. We’d love to interview them and put a few more arrows in the quiver for when we go to DC to speak at the National Bike Summit!
One goal for 2013 is to advocate for bicycle travel in some big ways. We feel that we’ve done a pretty good job at getting individuals excited about hopping on their bikes and exploring. The next step, is to get communities and cities excited about bicycle tourism and travel. We occupy an interesting space, a nexus between adventure and advocacy and we plan to go gangbusters on the advocacy in the coming year.
We need your help with suggestions of people to talk to and some places to stay along the way. Or, if you’d like for us to speak at your community while we travel, let us know! Or if you just want to meet up and grab a beer. You can email us or send us a message via our contact page.
This trip, like our previous trips, is paid for out of our own pockets with funds from our ebook, shirt, headbadge sales and articles and photos we sell along the way. It sounds a lot more glamorous than the reality of the situation, believe me, but we feel strongly about the future of bike travel and are trying our best to help spread the word. So if you can help in any way with a nights stay, let us know.
California, here we come!
Pam December 28, 2012 at 8:37 pm
Hey, come on down to California! I’m in Ventura – if you need help with something – email me – I’ll send my phone number in advance (I followed your travels on your Brompton – I too have one in my bike stable) – Have fun on your trip and enjoy! Warm regards, Pam pammieellen at gmail dot com.
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Alicia December 29, 2012 at 5:41 am
Exciting!! I am moving to Santa Barbara at the end of January, sight unseen so your experiences will be very nice to read about.
And… I’m a host on warmshowers.org so if you find yourselves near Santa Barbara after January and need a place to stay, please contact me! 🙂
Rich Wolf December 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm
I live in Julian. I see you are coming through our little town. Noted for it’s fine apple pies and old time historical past as a gold mining town.
e-mail me if you want to get together.
sara January 2, 2013 at 6:20 pm
Sending an email now. Know folks from our Peace Corps days who are long-time SLO residents. Perhaps the four of you might hook up.
Carol and Steve Fleury of Best Bike Zone January 12, 2013 at 10:48 am
We were so lucky to have you stay with us here in Paso Robles. We loved getting to know you and are so happy you got to ride in the Paso area – and found out how great our westside is for riding! You’ve re-invigorated us on how great bicycle touring is and given us great ideas on how to show what a great area Paso is for cyclists.
Keep on riding!
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When we were in SLO recently we were lucky enough to be invited along to a meeting of the SLOBC. Although their focus seems to be on promoting safe cycling within their own geographical area, we did learn that a couple (?) of their members worked with Google to upload safe cycle routes to Google Maps. This is a great help to cyclists passing through. I’m sure they would be an excellent source of local info for you.
While you are in SLO check out the very helpful http://foothillcyclery.com/ and if you’re feeling thirsty, the Eureka Bar – we have never seen so many craft beers in one place. (Well, apart from a British Beer Festival!)
Have a safe trip and hope the weather’s good. Dreaming of California sunshine from a very flooded Britain.