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Angelina
City: Seattle
State: WA
Country: United States of America
Begins: May 4, 2016
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Mar 8th, 2016
Start: Seattle
End: Portland

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Starting by biking down the Pacific Coast-thoughts on gear

If there's one thing I've confirmed by starting my journey by biking down to the start of the PCT, it's that you should try out your gear before you get started. Since I was planning for two trips at one time (biking down the Pacific Coast and the PCT), I didn't get to do all the prep I wanted to. There were a few big ticket items that I hadn't even tried before I was out on the road, and it came back to bite me. For instance, the Tarptent Contrail doesn't work for me at all. I spend end up spending a lot of time in the tent because it's raining and there's more down time when you're biking and sunset is still at 630. The Contrail is not made to spend time in. It's also more difficult to make taut than some people say, so it caves under the weight of the rain. Even after only a few days it's really obvious I need to tweak some things if I'm about to do this trip not completely sopping wet all the time. So I'm spending a few days off in Portland to dial everything in and get social media stuff. I'm sure the same thing will happen on the PCT because all the planning happened in the last few months. Let's not forget, I've never bike toured or thru-hiked before, so all of this is one hella learning curve.

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Angelina Takes A Trip

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org

 

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