Cycling the Pacific Coast Highway is a dream for many. I decided to do it and review it so that I could share my experience with all of you. I rode from Port Angeles, Washington down to San Francisco, California. It was a great ride. I brought another bike with me but quickly realized that it was not meant to be a touring bike.
This is where the [easyazon_link keywords=”Surly” locale=”US” tag=”maksenofcen0b-20″]Surly Disc Trucker[/easyazon_link] and my Surly Disc Trucker review come into play.
The Surly Disc Trucker is a great bike for anyone who is touring. It’s affordable, it rides great, and everyone seems to have one (must be a reason for that!).
I’ve ridden a lot of road bikes, and I have to say that if you want to tour, then you need a legitimate touring bike. I know that because I first started cycling the Pacific Coast Highway on my road bike and quickly realized that doing so was not very comfortable.
The The Surly Disc Trucker made riding long distance very comfortable. I felt like I could almost double the distance I was riding each day due to the fact that the bike was so comfortable to ride.
Here’s what Surly says about the Surly Disc Trucker:
Our Long Haul Trucker enjoys a reputation as one of the best riding and most value-packed touring bikes out there. It’s been around long enough to be tested in the real world, in all kinds of places, with all kinds of loads on all kinds of roads.
Sometimes, however, a combination of load, climate and terrain demands a bit more braking performance than a standard rim-brake LHT can provide. That’s where the Disc Trucker comes in. Disc Trucker is a Long Haul Trucker specifically designed for the unique forces discs impose. We’ve made sure it can run discs, racks, and fenders with no jury rigging, a somewhat unique feature we’ve just now decided to call Simulpatibility.
Most of the components on the complete bike are the same as the standard LHT, parts chosen for their balance of technical capability, durability, and value. The drivetrain uses the sort of wide gearing you will need for loaded and unloaded travel, cable operated disc brakes for their proven reliability and ease of service, and hubs that are durable and easy to maintain.
I’m sure many of you are wondering more about cycling the Pacific Coast Highway as well. It was a fun trip and one that I knew I had to do and review on the blog. In today’s post, though, I just want to quickly list all of the places we had to stay at so that others can be more informed.
- Elwha RV Park – This was the start of the trip. This RV park was great and very pretty. The owners were very nice too!
- Forks 101 RV Park – This was a small RV park, but in a great area close to some very beautiful beaches. If you’re a Twilight fan, then this is the area you want to be in.
- Kalaloch Campground – This is my most favorite campground hands down, EVER! Very affordable and right on the beach.
- KOA in Bay Center, WA – This is a simple KOA, but they were located on a beautiful bay that made it worthwhile.
- Cape Disappointment State Park Campground – This was another beautiful stay. Affordable and on the beach.
- Fort Stevens State Park Campground – This one was quite similar to Cape Disappointment.
- Camper Cove – A nice campground for an affordable price.
- Devils Lake Campground – This was a little bit on the pricier side considering how small the spots were, but it was an okay spot that was right on the 101.
- South Beach Campground – Beautiful campground right on the beach. I wish we would have had more time to enjoy this one.
- Tillicum Campground – Another beautiful campground right on the beach. I wish we would have had more time to enjoy this one.
- Takinitch Campground – A beautiful national forest campground.
- Bandon RV Park – Basic RV park with many full-time residents. Spots were close together and wifi wasn’t good, but it was a good stay for the price.
- Humbug Mountain – Love, love, LOVED this state park.
- Harris Beach State Park Campground – This is another one of my most favorite campground. There were beautiful trails nearby that took you to the beach.
- Jedidiah Smith State Park – This campground is on the pricy side at $35 a night with no hookups. However, very beautiful! If you have an RV, be careful. I wouldn’t recommend an RV over 25 feet to go here.
- Elk Creek State Park – A beautiful state park campground.
- Chinook RV Park – This place was very affordable, with a nightly fee of less than $20 with a Passport America card. Wifi was good too.
- Mad River Rapids RV Park – This campground was very clean and nice.
- Giant Redwoods RV Park – This campground was nice and had a fun fenced in dog area, which is a huge plus. The area surrounding the RV Park didn’t seem to be the greatest, but we were fine.
- Standish Hickey State Recreation Area – A beautiful campground near the Pacific Coast Highway.
- Van Damme State Park, California – A beautiful campground near the Pacific Coast Highway.
- Anchor Bay Campground – This was an interesting campground. We stayed here due to the fact that it’s right on the Pacific Coast Highway. LOTS of people here. I’ve never been to an RV park with such a party atmosphere. Note – There was no cell signal here or in the surrounding area.
- Ocean Cove Campground – This is a beautiful and affordable campground right on the beach bluffs. Note – There was no cell or internet signal here or in the surrounding area.
- Bodega Bay RV Park – This campground was very clean and nice. The Mexican restaurant that is just a few hundred feet away was delicious too!
- New Brighton State Beach – This is an expensive campground, but I guess that is just how the California beach campgrounds are. The area was great, just wish there were more spots with a view of the beach.
Hope you enjoyed my Surly Disc Trucker review!
This is not a sponsored post. I bought the Surly Disc Trucker on my own in order to review it on my website so that there were no biases that would could provide an impact on my review.