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2006 Tour

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This page covers my planning for a 1000 mile ride in July from Seattle to Portland. Then along the Columbia River to Walla Walla. Up to Coeur D’Alene, Idaho and back along Centennial and Iron Horse Trails to Seattle

Route

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Here’s a Streets and Trips file with the detailed route that you can download.

Garmin Mapsouce version

However, what these maps don’t show are bike paths. We are planning to ride the Coeur D’Alene, Centennial, and Iron Horse Trails plus the trail along the Columbia River.

Equipment List

My equipment list for the ride can be downloaded at Slipstream Equipment

Wind

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Gear

Packing the Bike

This is always a challenge, to pack in a stable way and yet have things available when you need them. This year I have new panniers, Jandd Expedition Panniers. They are bigger than anything I have used before (a plus and a minus). The picture shows the panniers on the bike with the tent on the rear rack. Note: the 1 liter water bottles in holders with Velcro straps on the front of the panniers.

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Written by Roland

May 22, 2006 at 4:29 pm

6 Responses

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  1. Did you ever write up your summer tour? I’m interested in hearing about the tour proper as well as how the Slipstream performed on a longer tour.

    Clint

    December 29, 2006 at 12:25 pm

  2. Clint have I written up pieces of it but need to finish the Columbia River section.

    It wasn’t a great trip for me. My hip problem setting in and temps over a 100 just didn’t make for a fun trip. But I will fill in some of the pieces.

    The Slipstream was great after I replaced the rear wheel. The rear wheel I believe was damage in shipping to Seattle.

    Roland

    December 29, 2006 at 11:59 pm

  3. Hi Roland

    I’m interested in knowing where you got the wind graph from.

    Your bitmap is too fuzzy for me to read the text.

    Thank You

    Derryl

    Derryl

    December 27, 2007 at 4:26 pm

  4. Check out my 5/24/06 post on which way does the wind blow for more information

    Here’s the URL or just use the search box on this site

    Which Way Does the Wind Blow

    Roland

    December 27, 2007 at 5:37 pm

  5. Hi there:

    I am just coming into the world of touring. At the end of the month I have a trip planned for a little 3 to 4 day jaunt from Portland to Astoria and back, then in July I’m doing the Oregon coast to California. I am fully self-supported, so if you have any advise, I’d be happy to listen!

    Thanks,
    David

    David

    April 1, 2008 at 1:42 pm

  6. From what I have seen of the Oregon coast that should be a beautiful ride.

    My tips are:

    1. Make sure you have plenty of time and don’t get into time pressure. Don’t plan more miles than you can ride comfortably every day and expect rain delays.

    2. Stop and look around, you aren’t there to see the road and just do miles. Take lots of pictures and ask people to take pictures of you on your bike. You are making memories that you will want to share.

    3. Have a pretty fair idea of where you will spend each night and where you will eat supper each night. You don’t have to actually stop at those places but having made the list you will know what your options are and where there aren’t many options.

    4. Savaging camping is common in that area but if you are riding solo – it makes for lonely nights and some uncomfortable situations.

    5. The Army Corps of Engineer’s Camp sites are very nice but find out ahead of time if they have anything planned for that night. In the western part of the state they water the campground and tents at night.

    6. Get a backup battery kit for your cellphone. You should discover what you have forgotten the first night but you may need your phone later in the trip also.

    Have a great ride then come back and tell us about it …. Roland

    Roland

    Roland

    April 1, 2008 at 2:38 pm


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