West Coast Best Coast Day 01 – Portland

Vacations, holidays, or just plain breaks. We all need them and regardless to how fun you may think this job is, it’s a lot of work. Like, I’ve worked for 8 years in architecture and I thought that was a lot of work. No way. Traveling, shooting photos, maintaining this site, is all work and once a year, I like to take a break.

Granted, the very fact that I’m writing a post today, on the first day of our West Coast Best Coast trip, contradicts the notion of a true “holiday”, but hey, I can’t just leave the site alone for a week!

Lauren and I have been apart a lot this year, she’s been kicking ass in Myanmar doing design research and I’ve been jet-setting around the globe attending various events. So when we had a week or two open in our schedules, I planned a trip.

The general idea was fly into Portland, spend a few days there and then dip down to LA along the Pacific Coast Highway, aka PCH.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this route, I rode it a few years back on my touring bike, albeit a bit later in the year. In August, it’s a haven for people in the US and around the world, leaving camp sites, hotels, everything booked out for months, making it difficult to plan anything.

Luckily, I’m not a big fan of plans and I have a pretty good idea of where to go, what to see and how long to spend in each place.

The only planning I did was our vehicle. I’ve been wanting either a mid 80′s – mid 90′s Toyota 4×4 4 cylinder pickup since moving to Texas and getting back into mountain biking. Trucks in Texas are crazy expensive and so I extended my search to the west coast, where I found a pretty good deal on a ’96 Tacoma.

It’s red, has a 3″ lift, camper shell and it needs a name. More on that later. Best news is, it runs and will be our vehicle for this trip and hopefully many others.

Yesterday, we did the tourist thing in Portland. Went to a few shops, met friends and took it easy.

It was a perfect day to begin our West Coast Best Coast trip!

  • http://baltimorevelo.com/ seth

    Greatest
    Mural
    Ever

    • Tyler Johnson

      Agreed!

  • http://www.digicycle.net/ Tucker

    Punch-Out!

  • Jack Luke

    I love my Cane Creek 40, but I’ve never seen one in silver like that and I instantly one one. So snazzy!

  • Guest

    Is it a vacation if you blog it?

  • Jonathan McCurdy

    Wish someone would have told me the right places to go when I was in Portland in May! Where does one get that PCH sticker, anyhow?

  • Mitch Lomacz

    Swing by Cyclepath for a beer!

    • James

      Funny I have the same bars on my Moonlander. Mmm…Moots…I need a Psychlo-X.

      • Mitch Lomacz

        Theres a Psychlo X for ya.

  • charlesojones

    50+ breweries in Portland. It’s a hard place to leave.

  • TaylorSizemore

    Any plans to head up north? Let me know if you swing into Seattle!