2019 TransAm

Pre-ride Vacay

Day: T-minus 1 day to send off
Day Mileage: 0
Total Miles: 0

With the bicycle loaded into a cardboard box, checked into Southwest Airlines, Megan and I were off to Portland, Oregon. The flight was a bit bumpy into Las Vegas where we had about an hour before PDX. The Vegas airport, which we think each time we’re there, is.something.else.

Once we arrived into rainy Portland, I discovered that the bicycle box was inspected by the TSA. I can’t imagine they cared for placing it as it was with as much care as I had originally. Our backpacking pack had some new holes as well which was unsettling. We made our way to the Lyft line ordering an XL fully expecting being able to load the box into their larger vehicle. After two drivers declining to put down seats, we had no choice but to take a taxi for the 2 mile ride to Kennedy Elementary School, where we were staying for the night. We stopped here for drinks each time, but never had the opportunity to stay in this school that has been converted into a hotel/brewery/restaurant/theatre/pool. It was terrific.

We were off to Bend, OR the following day. Bend is ~120 miles away but three hours because of the route through Mt. Hood National Forest. We were able to find a camping spot at Tumalo State Park which was just 4 miles outside of Bend.

Once we were all settled, we were off to bed without any trouble. We were able to make breakfast at camp before we headed it to see Crater Lake National Park. It was unreal and very worth the drive down.

We had one more item on our agenda and that was to go see Lake Street Dive and the Avett Brothers which is what set this whole vacation and trip off. The concert was really great though LSD didn’t play You’re Still The One, but still they were great and the Avett Brothers put on a great show also.

Wednesday was the day to relax. We did nothing. It was exactly what we each wanted and so…we did that.

Ready. Set. Nerves.

Day: T-minus 4 days to Oregon, T-minus 9 days to send off
Day Mileage: 0
Total Miles: 0

In August 2014, I set off from Vancouver, BC on my first multi-day bikepacking trip. I had never done anything like it. I wanted to quit after day 3. I’m glad I didn’t. I finished in San Francisco later that month after 1,247 miles along the Pacific Coast.

Pacific Coast Route | 2014

It’s time for another.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma in July after 14 months in their accelerated program. The next step is to take the NCLEX and become a REGISTERED Nurse. I will not be able to test until early September at the earliest due to timing with graduation, receiving our Ticket To Test, and scheduling to take the actual exam.

Pinning ceremony.

So in the meantime, I will be leaving Bend, OR on August 15th and will need to be in Denver, CO by September 19.

Rough estimate of the route I’ll be taking.

With this trip, I’ve had to plan with a little more attention to detail. Looking back to 2014, I have no idea how I did that ride. Seriously. I feel as if I was unprepared about everything. I have the same feeling this time, but at least I have a little more knowledge about bikepacking. Still nervous. In addition to the actual ride, I feel as if I’m leaving more at home this time. More responsibility. More worry. More love.

Megan and I are flying to Portland on Saturday, August 10 where we will be staying at the McMenamin’s Kennedy School, an old elementary school that’s been turned into a hotel. We’ve stopped here each time we’ve been to Portland to hang out and have a drink, but this time we’re actually staying in it! Their auditorium was turned into a theatre, they have a brewery onsite and the playground is now a courtyard. It’s really terrific. We will then be driving to Bend, Oregon for a Lakestreet Dive and Avett Brothers concert while staying at Tumalo State Park. We love camping as we spent our honeymoon camping down the Oregon coast, but this time, we are checking out central oregon on the east side of the Cascades. Very exciting! Megan will drive back to PDX on Thursday, August 15 where I will take off from Bend on my first day….. nerves, anxiety, emotion….

Now for the details.

Detailed Route with mileage, camping, etc. Continuously updating.

My complete packing list:

All The Gear
Packed Away
Fully Loaded


  • 54cm Bianchi San Remo
  • Tubes (2)
  • Patch kit
  • Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HV Mini Pump
  • The Topeak Bar Extender
  • NiteRider MiNewt Mini 350 USB Rechargable Headlight
  • Spokes (2)
  • Master Link
  • Multi Tool
  • Chain Wip
  • Surly Front Rack
  • Rear Rack
  • Blackburn Outpost Cargo Cage
  • Bike Bag
  • Bike Post Bag
  • Bike Lock?
  • Zip Ties
  • Extra Screws
  • Electrical Tape
  • Chain Lube
  • Spoke Wrench
  • Pedal Wrench
  • Map Pocket
  • Ortlieb Front Panniers
  • Ortlieb Rear Panniers
  • Camera Bag (Used for easy reach pack on front rack)


  • MSR Hubba 1-person tent
  • Big Agnes Q-Core SLX Sleeping Pad
  • Sea to Summit Pillow
  • MSR Footprint
  • Teton Trailhead +20
  • Tent Stakes


  • Dri-Fit Shirst (2)
  • Longsleeve Dri-Fit (1)
  • Quarter-zip Pullover (1)
  • Convertible Pant (1)
  • Under Armour Tights (1)
  • Cycling Shorts (2)
  • Undies (2)
  • Board Shorts (1)
  • Patagonia Nano Puff (1)
  • Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Jacket (1)
  • Light Gloves (1)
  • Heavy Gloves (1)
  • Neck Buff (1)
  • Beanie (1)
  • Arm Sleeves (1)
  • Smart Wool Ankle Socks (1)
  • SmartWool Mid Socks (2)
  • Westbrook Jersey (1)
  • Tevas
  • Bicycles Shoes


  • MSR PocketRocket 2 Stove
  • MSR Strike Igniter
  • Snow Peak Titanium Trek 900 Cook Set
  • GSI Outdoors Spice Rocket
  • Sea to Summit Alpha Flatware Set
  • Lighter
  • Hario Mini Mill Slim Hand Coffee Grinder
  • Onyx Coffee Camp Mug
  • Snow Peak Coffee Drip
  • Plastic Spork
  • GSI Outdoors Nesting Bowl & Mug
  • Coffee Filters
  • Canister Fuel


  • iPod Classic
  • GoPro
  • Cell Phone (Google Pixel 2)
  • Garmin Fenix 2 GPS watch
  • iPad Mini
  • iPad Charger
  • iPod Charger
  • Cell Phone Charger (2 adapters)
  • Mini USB Charger
  • Garmin Charger
  • GoPro Charger
  • USB hub (2)
  • Petzl Actik Core Headlamp
  • Power Bank
  • SPOT Tracker
  • JOBY tripod

First Aid

  • IBUprofen
  • Bandaids
  • Antibacterial Ointment
  • Blister Bandaids
  • Body Glide
  • Tylenol
  • Cold Patches


  • Shampoo
  • Body Wash
  • Face Wash
  • Floss
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Gold Bond
  • Cleansing Cloths
  • Eye Drops
  • Fingernail Clippers
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Chapstick


  • Sunglasses
  • Glasses Mirror
  • Knife
  • Bear Spray
  • Dry Bag (1)
  • Life Straw
  • Nalgene
  • Water Bottle
  • Microfiber Towel
  • Bungee Cords (6)
  • Nylon Rope
  • Butt Butter
  • Krazy Glue
  • ACA Maps (2-6)
  • NCLEX Drug Guide
  • ClifShot Bloks (6)
  • Bug Spray
  • Nuun (3)
  • Pen/Paper