Okay, I know, most of you already have a copy of Bicycling The Pacific Coast by Vicky Spring and Tom Kirkendall, but for the two or three readers who don’t I’d like to recommend you go out and buy this book.
I’ve had my copy for years and years and it has provided me with many evenings of good reading. It covers bicycling routes from Canada to the Mexico boarder in greater detail than you’d probably ever actually use on a tour.
And that’s one of the great things about this book. Although it’s advertised as a guide book, at times it reads almost like an adventure novel.
I used it to plan last summer's Oregon tour and I took it with me for reading in the tent. It was fun to read about the places I would see the next day, and gave me a heads up on those special little roadside attractions I would have otherwise missed.
If I have one complaint about the book, I’d have to say that the recommended daily mileage is a bit ambitious. To stop and see all the sights the authors recommend and still log those distances would take some kind of monster biker.
But those are small things and they don’t detract from the valuable information and just plain old good reading this little book provides.