FAQ: How many miles did you ride per day?

Soo Mi and I needed to arrive in San Francisco on August 1, 2013.

Our daily mileage was double that of most touring cyclists. We carried the lightest ‘kit.’

Soo Mi and I woke at 6:00am +/- and were on the road by 8:00am. We found that a large breakfast with constant eating on the road helped high mileage days.

We generally stopped riding between 8:00 and 9:00pm.

Day Start
(Google Map Hyperlink)
1 The Moore Hotel, Seattle WA 9:54 10.8 107 107
2 Harrison RV and Tent Park, Centralia, WA 7:31 10.7 81 188
3 Chevron Gas/RV Park, Cathlamet, WA 8:56 10.1 92 280
4 Biak By the Sea RV Park, Garibaldi, OR 8:10 11.0 90 370
5 South Beach State Park, Newport, OR 8:48 11.8 104 474
6 Bastendorff Beach Park, Charleston, OR 6:58 11.5 81 555
7 Curry County Fairgrounds, Gold Beach, OR 8:40 10.8 94 649
8 Elk Prairie Campground, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Orick, CA 9:52 10.8 107 756
9 Burlington Campground, Humbolt Redwoods State Park, Myers Flat, CA 9:31 10.3 100 856
10 Russian Gulch State Park, Mendocino, CA 9:22 10.5 100 956
11 Bodega Dunes Campground, Sonoma Coast State Park, Bodega Bay, CA 7:24 9.9 73 1029
Average*** 9:30 10.8 95.6 na
  Maximum     9:52 11.8 107 na
  Total      95:06:00 na 1029 na
* Day 1, Rolling Time estimated
** Day 1, Ave. Speed estimated
*** Day 11, not included in Ave.

FAQ: What bikes do you tour with?


2001 Jamis Aurora

Soo Mi has ridden across the continent TWICE with this bike. I have ridden across the continent ONCE and commute to work with this bike. The bike has never malfunctioned. In fact, it shifts more smoothly than my DuraAce and Ultegra gruppos. Two Thumbs WAY UP :) !!

FRAME Reynolds 520 double-butted chromoly main tubes, double tapered cromo stays, forged dropouts with double eyelets.

FORK Chromoly unicrown, low rider braze-ons, double eyelets. HEADSET VP sealed, lower race needle bearings, 1″.

WHEELSET Ritchey Rock Comp & OCR Comp, 700c (26″ front on 47cm), 36H, with Ritchey Comp QR front and Comp-Z QR rear hubs, 14g stainless steel spokes.

TIRES Ritchey Tom Slick, 700 x 30C

DERAILLEURS Shimano Sora GS rear, Sora 28.6mm band clamp front.

SHIFTERS Shimano Sora Dual Control STI, 24-speed


FREEWHEEL Shimano HG50, 8-speed, 12-25.

CRANKSET Cyclone, alloy/alloy/steel, 52/42/30, 165mm (47), 170mm (50-53), 175mm (55 – 62).

BOTTOM BRACKET Shimano BB-LP27, 68 x 113mm.

PEDALS Wellgo Road, alloy cage/resin body, with toe clips.

BRAKESET Tektro alloy cantilevers, Shimano Sora STI levers.

HANDLEBAR HL Modolo Road, 400mm (47-50), 420mm (53-57), 440mm (59-62).

STEM HL chromoly, (+10°), 90mm (47-53), 105mm (55), 120mm (57), 135mm (59-62). GRIPS Cork tape.

SEATPOST Alloy microadjust, 250mm x 27.2mm, with cromo seatpin.

SADDLE Soo Mi … Viscount Retro-T with SL top, steel rails, front and rear guards. Jim … Brooks B-17 Honey tone.

COLORS Satellite Blue (since bleached purple by sunlight :) )

WEIGHT 25.25 lbs

FAQ: How to get bike to the West Coast?

FAQ: How to get bike to the West Coast?

Airlines charge for oversized baggage. Man-handling bicycle boxes through the airport is a hassle.

I collect two empty bicycle boxes from my local bike shop. I wrap the frame tubes with Home Depot pipe insulation. I remove the front wheel/fender, pedals, handlebar, and seat. I coordinate with and ship the boxes to the hotel.

It’s most convenient :)

Go Fast … JIM