“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” — James Dean
I’m really excited! Over the next few weeks, I’ll be fulfilling a dream that dates all the way back to some of my earliest memories. I vividly remember the June 1971 issue of my favorite childhood magazine, National Geographic, which had an article titled “Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail”. The article was a marvelous entre into an epic Trans-American journey, replete with maps, vivid descriptions and beautiful pictures. As a 9-year old boy, I was completely enamored with the magazine, the article, and the idea of taking such a complete journey, beginning in one country, crossing another, and finishing the journey in yet a third, all throughout the West Coast of the U.S.. Along with my adventurous mother, I read and re-read the pages of that particular issue, many times late into the night, visualizing myself exploring, discovering, and achieving, all under my own power. I would lie awake with excitement and wonder, and I would go to sleep looking forward to my next opportunity to fantasize about such a trip.
But as I grew older, life began to take form, as it should, family and professional responsibilities took center stage, and gently, over time, my dream of an epic, self-powered journey from Mexico to Canada faded. The dream, however, was never completely extinguished. Fast forward to the present. Throughout the next couple of weeks, I intend to complete what I started on the West Coast part of my journey around the American perimeter.
The tour will begin in Eugene OR, and continue up the awesome Oregon Coast along the Pacific Coast Highway. After crossing into Washington state, the route will take me through the Olympic Peninsula and onto Whidbey Island. After crossing back onto the mainland, I’ll island hop all the way to the Canadian border, and ultimately end the tour in Vancouver, British Columbia. So, after all is said and done, over the last three cycling tours I will have replicated that boyhood dream of traversing, under my own power, the entire West Coast from Tijuana Mexico to Vancouver Canada! While I’m very proud of the accomplishment, I’m equally ecstatic about the journey through what is one of my favorite areas of our beautiful country.
I anticipate this 700 mile journey will also be chocked full of challenges. For example, I’m continuing my northward trek up the Pacific coast, which, as I’ve mentioned previously, is a contrarian direction, given the prevailing Northerly winds. Additionally, I’ll be pedaling up the coast in what I understand is the tail-end of the region’s rainy season, with temperatures mostly on the cool side of thermometer. Rain gear and waterproof storage will be the name of the game!
“Dreams are journeys that take one far from familiar shores, strengthening the heart, empowering the soul.” — Unknown
I’m ready to fulfill this longstanding dream, and I’m looking forward to an empowered soul.
It’s All Good.