2013: Pacific Coast

The full 19 day expedition presentation:

Clips from David Massey, team rider, from the Oregon portion:

watercolor by David Massey

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A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

Lao-tzu, timeless Chinese philosopher



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Being a long-time resident of the central Oregon coast, the Earth’s ocean has come to have special meaning for me. Living here purifies the body in many ways, physical and emotional. I have become part of this life giving territory on the western edge of the Pacific Rim. This is where I ride my ICE trike.

Steve Ocean

I have driven the Pacific coast of the contiguous United States many times during my life in a petroleum powered automobile, and thus am very much aware of the breathtaking beauty to be found along its powerful shores. This year of 2013 marks the time when I will instead be pedaling the roads at land’s end. My cycling buddy Matt has long encouraged me to take this route when triking south to my mom and sister’s house in the southern Mojave Desert of California, and, perhaps to his utter joy, I will now heed his endless enthusiastic exhortations.

Bandon seashores

Bandon, Oregon

I have named this new endeavor the Pacific Coast Tricycle Adventure, or the acronym PCTA. I thought about naming it the Pacific Shores Tricycle Adventure, making the acronym PASTA to be cute, or even the Pacific Shores Tricycle Expedition, making the acronym PASTE, but I settled on the former for simplicity. I’m a simple guy. I like simple things – like trikes and tents rather than cars and motels.

ICE Camp

The distance from Florence, Oregon to Atascadero, California is 875 miles along the Pacific Ocean.

Departure will occur precisely at 7 AM on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, the day after Labor Day holiday. There are four reasons for choosing this time frame: 1) Moderate temperatures, 2) North winds – tailwind, 3) Low precipitation, 4) Reduced highway traffic.

Steve on Trike 4

I may find time to find a computer along the journey to update TA readers while traveling, but, as always, don’t count on it. This pedal path is laced with many incredible campgrounds along the way, so rather than spending time typing (again) on a computer, I might be having a blast socializing with people for a change! Yep, always doing online work requires a brain-break from time to time, and NOW is definitely the time! I will, however, take photographs and a few movies, and once I arrive at my destination, rest up a few days, and get well fed by my family, I plan, as in 2011, to let the fingers fly and put it all out there for you to read.

Dan Price Hobo Camp 2

What is my expected transit time on this one? This question depends on whether I am riding solo the entire way, and also if I stop to smell the roses for a change. This trek, I am trying real hard to let time vaporize and just live in the moment, leaving my inherent competitive nature behind, and arriving at the end of the adventure with two feet that actually are still fully functional. I wish to heed the ancient sage advice of Lao-tzu on this journey, being mindfully aware as I pedal the landscapes each day of the trek.

South Jetty 6

Be good while I’m gone my triangular friends! Ride often, smile always, and live all your dreams while you can. One never knows what tomorrow will bring. See ya’ … Stevie G.

PS: This page is always accessible under the “Steve’s Stuff” main menu button.

Heceta Head Light

.The Heceta Head Lighthouse, just north of my abode, is the most photographed lighthouse in the United States, or so “they” say. This photograph was taken from a foot path that leads into the coastal mountains. It is an incredible hike for those who enjoy spectacular ocean views.

Here is a tribute by the Beach Boys to the PCTA:

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August 26, 2013: Steve gets a haircut the week before liftoff. Actually, he got all of them cut. Trike gypsies are gnarly looking hombres! Leave ’em alone. This simple three-step procedure makes keeping one’s hair clean a snap. Trike nomads always seek what’s simple and quick.

PCTA Haircut

August 01, 2013: Only four weeks remain until the Pacific Coast Tricycle Adventure hits the road. This will be the final comment left on this page – for future details, please visit the Trike Phantoms website. Current plans have David coming as far north as Coos Bay, Oregon in a rental car, and then getting a campsite at Bastendorff County Park the first night (September 3rd). I will pedal 57 miles that day, meeting up with him at the campground. On Day Two, we shall start riding south together towards Morro Bay. California, here we come …

July 20, 2013: David is experiencing 100 degree heat during some of his trike preparation rides. I am experiencing 60 degree heat during mine. I hope he remembers to bring a coat when he comes to the coast!

David met Gary Bunting (from the 2011 CCTE journey) and they rode together recently. This allows David to get some good tips from a trike warrior who has tasted the rewards of long haul triking. Learn more HERE.

David Massey Gary BuntingDavid Massey (Azub) and Gary Bunting (Catrike)

June 30, 2013: Here is Glenn Frank’s video rendition of the coastal ride David took with him and six other trikers. David’s video appears directly below this one.


June 21, 2013: On June 16, David took a trike ride with Glenn Frank, the fellow known as Trike Boy with his popular YouTube video clips. It was a six hour ride that helped prepare David for the PCTA, and below is a 10 minute video of the triangular jaunt.

May 28, 2013: Riding along the coast of the United States necessarily means preparation for tsunamis, thus, I present my tsunami gear, a gorgeous four piece ensemble to dazzle cyclists as I streak by outrunning the wave. Actually, this outfit is referred to as rain gear by most normal folks. High visibility jacket, pants, booties, and gloves, all of which roll up snugly for stuffing inside the trike’s rear rack trunk.

Rain Gear 1 Rain Gear 2

May 21, 2013: A new PCTA website is currently in development (called Trike Phantoms), and will be loaded with all the news of this adventure by late fall 2013. Little exists there currently, yet for anyone eager to be on the leading edge of life, click here to see it in its infancy. New updates to this journey will begin appearing there, and less will show up on this Trike Asylum page.

Sidebar PCTA Link

May 15, 2013: I received a telephone call this afternoon from the Oregon State Police, Coos Bay division. Lieutenant Smartt contacted me to say that if we notify him immediately prior to our arrival in North Bend, he will have a state trooper and squad car available to personally escort the PCTA trike pilots over the much maligned bridge that spans Coos Bay. He said the trooper will drive behind us to make sure there are no negative incidents, as we would be pedaling on the roadway. I suspect few motorists would consider passing under such circumstances. We are also considering routing ourselves on the east side of Coos Bay, using the East Bank road to entirely circumvent the bridge, along with the busy towns of North Bend and Coos Bay. Lt. Smartt is the regional commander for the Oregon State Police. We must have a trike enthusiast and TA reader on the department.

Oregon State Trooper.

April 29, 2013: Yesterday, on a quiet and partly rainy Sunday, I spent some time preparing my California map for the trip. A triker’s greatest daily concern when triking overland is the question of where he is going to stay come nightfall. On trips where I ride the hinterlands inland, this is always a point of concern, as campgrounds are nearly nonexistent, thus road turnouts sometimes must suffice. On this Pacific Coast journey however, campgrounds abound, many more than actually can be used. I prefer my map to have what I need easily observable, so I have made notes of many of the campgrounds on it, and the mileages from the previous campground with a mileage figure. A little time preparing is a good thing. Here are some images of my efforts from yesterday:

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April 25, 2013: Well, David is ramping up very quickly here these days, and is sure to be a prepared triker on the PCTA. He has just acquired his Free On Three trike patch, an awesome statement of triker solidarity. Additionally, he has gone the extra mile and mounted a GoPro Hero helmet cam atop his skid lid, so you know what that means? Yep, sure enough, we are going to have a fantastic selection of incredible coastal trike movies to watch this fall once I get assembling all the media for everyone to see!

David Massey FOT PatchDavid’s Ticket to Ride!

David Massey Helmet Cam

This is going to be awesome! Great video coming our way before the holidays.


April 18, 2013: David Massey is now officially a member of the PCTA overland trike team. He has squared away his scheduling concerns and is eager to pedal his new Azub trike the 850 miles from Florence, Oregon to Morro Bay, California. His work commitments require a return to reality shortly after reaching Morro Bay. Welcome aboard David! If we can get a TA reader to buy one of your beautiful paintings, that would cover your campground fees for a while. Glen Aldridge is also planning on a PCTA team spot, and once that is firmed up, I’ll let everyone here know. Glen is planning on riding a new HP Velotechnik trike. Dan Zimmerman has also expressed interest to do a portion of the journey on his Catrike 700. Gary Bunting, and his son Jonathan, may accompany the riders in his van, riding his Catrike Road with Jonathan on his Catrike Pocket for short distances on certain days. As more unfolds, it will be posted here! Oh, word in the pipe even has it that phantom biker Matt Jensen may make an appearance for some or all of this ride along land’s end.

Dave Massey Azub

David Massey on his Azub trike


April 17, 2013: I have just purchased a new helmet for the PCTA, replacing my Specialized Instinct helmet. The Instinct is still fine, and I love the fit, but have now moved into the higher visibility mindset for my skull, and have chosen white. The helmet is a Specialized Vice, their top-of-the-line mountain bike helmet. MTB helmets provide greater coverage than road helmets, and since I sometimes ride close to precipitous mountain cliff edges, I figured this may come in handy someday when I drop a tire over the edge. So, here is my official PCTA helmet. This helmet will set you back $85 if you wish to acquire one of your own. Here is the link to the Specialized website:


I acquired mine at the local bicycle shop (LBS) because I prefer to keep my dollars local. So, my old hippie friend Tim now has 85 of my dollars, and I now have a cool white VICE helmet. Awesome! Thanks Tim! His shop is called Bicycles 101, and can be visited HERE.

Specialized Vice

If you wish to accompany the riders of this trek, at least in spirit, you may acquire one of the small patches (2×4″) like on my trike seat mesh, thereby matching the symbol to show unity of triking brothers and sisters. This patch I have affixed to the mesh of my seat, just below the top:

Free on Three PatchHow cool is this? Get yours HERE.


There's Perry!

North Bend – Coos Bay bridge

More beautiful coastline

Southern Oregon Coast



20 Responses to 2013: Pacific Coast

  1. Dave Beedon says:

    September 3, 2013—a day that will live in infamy…

  2. Gary W. Bunting says:

    Hi Steve,

    Fantastic!!! Hopefully my son Jonathan and I will be able to join you on at least some of this adventure. Glen is looking forward to it too; I spoke with him about it yesterday, to some great extent. He’s planning on that new HP Ghekko FX for the treck.

    Anxious now,


  3. David Massey says:

    I’ll be back to work by the time your departure date rolls around, but with your permission, I will try to locate you some miles out from your destination and ride part of the way with you. Maybe near San Luis Obispo. I’ll have to see what my schedule can bear. Have fun, Steve.

  4. Steve Greene says:

    Hi David,

    I would openly welcome you to accompany me as far as you wish, even if only for a single day! Having a kindred spirit with whom to share during the miles is a wonderful thing. Yes, please do consider this. If it looks like you can do so, email me prior to departure, perhaps sometime the first part of August, and we can discuss options for connecting up on the road. I can call you closer to time. My email address is wildernessrogue (at) gmail (dot) com.

    The inland portion of the journey begins at Morro Bay on Highway 41, through Atascadero, right on Highway 58 to Highway 33, along the eastern edge of the Carrizo Plain National Monument,and then left (east) on Highway166. Essentially I am taking this convoluted rural route for two reasons: 1) to avoid the urbanized Bakersfield area, and 2) to emerge onto Highway 58 (or its surface road counterpart if bicycle travel is prohibited on the freeway) far east of Bakersfield as I proceed over Tehachapi Pass towards Kramer’s Junction (where I will then head south on Highway 395).

    Let me know David if you decide to hook up. I’d love to see your Azub! Besides, this 62 year old triker sometimes gets lonely all by his lonesome … boo hoo.


  5. David Massey says:


    I am close to 100% sure you can count me in. A ride from Kramer’s junction to my home in Glendora would be about 93 miles, but I would rather to spend some days on the road with you and the guys. I need the experience of a camping situation.

    My wife will be up visiting the grand kids in Washington, but should be home by the time you reach Morro Bay. We have friends and family in San Luis Obispo. She would drop be there. I could ride the 13 miles to Morro Bay and hook up with you there. She would hang out in San Luis, then after two maybe three days scoop me up somewhere on the route down.

    The only reason I would not ride further is because I will have just returned to work (high school teacher) and probably should not take too many days off at the beginning of the semester. I guess what I need to know is when you think you might be in Morro Bay. Then I could plan my schedule to coincide with yours. I will contact you.

    Man, I am so excited I could hardly sleep last night. Hey, and don’t worry about your age. I’m 63 myself, and as we already know, “Old Guys Rock!”

    Take care,


  6. Dan Zimmerman says:

    I like go with you part of way, because I going to ” Burn Man” end on Sept 2rd in Black Rock NV, I have pull my RV back to Tempe AZ. Turn around & meet you some where. I will be riding new Catrike 700 with Schlumf high speed drive, pulling Bob trailer. What mileg per day you doing ? I am 48 yrs old now buy then 49, I ride almost every day 20-45 miles, but I could do more some tour ave 55-65 miles day. My riding buddy said I am stong rider. I retired early at age 41 due to bad stroke I had, Dr told me wheelchair for life & no talking & no spelling. WRONG I beat it, I can walk & talk & even taught my sefl how to spell again. My passion is trike riding & tour.

  7. Steve Greene says:

    Hi Dan,

    Wow, it is so challenging to determine in advance answers to the questions you pose. What I can say for certain is that the trip will begin on September 3 on the central Oregon coast. As things are shaping up currently, I may have two other trikers with me. As far as daily mileages, that is always uncertain on any cycling trip, and depends upon factors that are not predictable in advance. Since we will be pedaling the Pacific coast, daily mileages will likely be higher than when I ride inland over the big mountain ranges, because the coastal terrain is considerably more moderate when considering extremely long and steep uphill grades. When I ride solo, I tend to average 65 miles per day, but with other trikers providing good company and fun times, that may vary. I suspect, based on coastal experience, that 50 mile days are doable, even for inexperienced trikers. Still, it is not possible to determine where the overnights will be. The only method for meeting another triker en route would be through the use of cellular telephone updating.

    The Black Rock Desert in Nevada, where Burning Man occurs each September, is a very long way from the Pacific coast of Oregon and California. On my inland trips, I am close to the Black Rock, but not this time. I applaud you Dan for your persistence in overcoming the odds with the stroke! The human body is an amazing power of life, and can find a way to adapt even under the harshest of conditions. Take a look at the route map posted for this 2013 trip and let us know any further thoughts about riding along for a portion of the trek. It is definitely a long shot due to the challenges of finding other trikers on the road, but fun to contemplate if nothing else. Does the PCTA route go close to where you live?

  8. dantrikeman says:

    Hi Steve

    I’m trying to figure out travel time, and Burning man end sept 2nd. I’m trying to find a ride from NV to Oregon.

    I did think about bring my bob trailer, and you’re right. I read your article about cargos. I usually go on routes where there are hotel. However, I’m gain with wherever we stop for the night.

    I can’t change flat tires due to not being able to use my right hand and would require aid. Would this be an issue?

    Would there be showers available on this route?


  9. Steve Greene says:

    From Florence to Morro Bay there are campgrounds, and I am told showers are the norm. If you have excellent tires (Schwalbe Marathon Plus, as described on the tire page under the Trike Touring button in the main menubar), flat tires should not even be an issue. In my 4 years of triking thus far, I have yet to have a flat on my trike. The problem Dan comes in with regards to locating the trike crew en route. There may be up to six riders (some part-time), but once we leave Florence, there is no telling any schedule or location, kind of like finding a needle in the haystack. The odds against meeting up successfully are very slim, and every rider must be responsible for his own well being should he break down. It’s not that we would not assist each other, but being on tricycles, there is only so much we can do to help one another, especially in the event of a situation that ends the ride for one of us. Responsibility for returning to one’s car or home in that event will fall upon the rider involved, regardless of who it is. As a team, we will assist each other as best we can, but that cannot include a complete safety net of getting someone back to home base. Trike treks are uncertain affairs for sure, and these things must be taken into account by anyone who embarks on such a journey.
    Dan Zimmerman (trikeman)
    Dan Zimmerman

  10. I just wanted to congratulate you on your showing doctors that what they say is to happen, is only a possibility. Especially when the individual is personally driven to succeed to the best of their ability.

  11. dantrikeman says:

    Thank you!

  12. daytriker says:

    Hey David, Does that new tricon glow in the dark? haha Nice choice ’cause now I wont run into you when it’s pitch black out! (I have bad eyes) You guys think of everything!

  13. Down Wind Dan says:

    Hi There, Steve, checked your map, it looked like you may be riding along that area of San Francisco next to the ocean. As a kid, about a hundred years ago, I lived there just a block or two from the beach. Always wanted to return and check it out again.
    I’ll watch your progress and if possible be there at the same time you and your buddies are. Most likely be a lot of down wind along that area for you. I have a Catrike 700 R, hope you can keep up, I’m 84.

  14. Steve Greene says:

    Hi Dan,

    Well, I’ll be 84 in 22 years, and by that time I’ll be pretty darn quick! Practice makes perfect. I have little doubt I may not be able to keep up. The older we get, the faster we become! Awesome. It would be nice to see you if that can come to pass. Perhaps my communications crew might arrange for some updates around that area, or phone contact if possible – it’s a long shot, but would be a kick. The PCTA Communications Division (CD) consists of two trikers by the names of Glen and David.

    See you on the big orange bridge!


  15. David Massey says:

    Indeed, DB! Hi Guys. Here is a fun segment of a 27 miles training loop I did this morning on the AZUB. It should be ready at YouTube soon. Use this link to see the video. Enjoy.

  16. David Massey says:

    Nice work on the maps sections, Steve. Have you worked on the Oregon leg yet? I still would love to see Sunset Bay if we can work it in. If not, I’m going with the flow.

  17. Dave Beedon says:

    Video brings the ride alive! I’m looking forward to video documentation of the Pacific Coast Tricycle Adventure. My hat is off to anyone who goes to the trouble of filming and uploading video.

    Helmet-mounted cams have their uses, but also have a major limitation: they transmit head movement to the camera. When pedaling, it’s almost impossible to keep your body from engaging in some rocking movement. Even the slightest movement shows up in a video.

    This is true for your linked video: at the very beginning there is an obvious rocking movement of the image while the trike is being pedaled. In short order it becomes a distraction and eventually makes viewing uncomfortable. This problem is easily solved by mounting the camera on the trike during a ride. With the proper mounts on trike and helmet, switching the cam from one to the other would be a snap. The downside of trike-mounting is that you don’t capture views to the side or rear unless you go to the trouble of mounting for those shots—extra work.

    On a more positive note, the sound quality in “Saturday Morning Ride” is impressive. In fact, before the fast downhill run, it is fantastic and your voice is clear as a bell. Even during the downhill run—with its wind noise—it’s much better than I have heard in many trike videos. Please tell us about the equipment you used for capturing video and audio. Did you use an external microphone?

  18. David Massey says:

    The PCTA is starting to generate some excitement. I received a post from a friend who use to run a cafe near our departure point on Hwy. 101 and Hwy. 126. She’s all set to follow the action.

    I have been putting together my gear list for the trip. It’s congealed from multiple sources. Use this link if you’d like to see the actual list. I can’t wait. Steve says we might even have a State Trooper escort, How cool is that?

  19. David Massey says:

    Hey, Guys! Took my first short 13-mile training ride today under full load. Very educational. Read more and see pictures on the Training Page of my site.

  20. David Massey says:

    It’s on now! The official PCTA logo has been sewn into place on the TRIcon.

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