Wednesday: Started the day on the Avenue of the Giants. It’s a highway surrounded by redwoods. It was a beautiful ride. Trees bigger than you can imagine! There wasn’t much traffic which made it even better. We had to stop several times to stare in awe at the ginormous ones. The biggest town we went through was Redcrest where we expected to get a sandwich from the deli. Something other than a peanut butter wrap. Nothing was open so we had a snack and kept going to Rio Dell. There was a little burger diner called DJ’s Burger Place. After we filled our stomachs with deliciousness all we had was 6 miles to Fortuna. Corey’s house. Another great Warm Showers host where we had homemade hummus, watched the movie WILD, and looked at all of Corey’s amazing watercolor art. He is extremely talented!
Thursday: Going to bed late = slow start. Not to mention the sun wasn’t coming out anytime soon. We woke up to cold, cloudy, and misty weather. Another reason I wasn’t in a rush to get on my bike. Luckily the weather cleared up around 11. The sun came out and the wind came along with it. I’m learning that we can’t have it all! The adventure cycling site states that the wind usually comes from the North on the west coast. The site should say IF YOU CAN AVOID IT, DO NOT GO SOUTH TO NORTH. Haha the wind is relentless! The highlight of the day was Arcada. A cute hippie town. We hung out there for a little while and met a really cool couple that has traveled many different countries on their bikes. Clam Beach was our final camp destination. Not my favorite campsite! It’s right next to the highway, has no showers, only about 10 sites, and not the cheapest. It was still nice to be on the soft sand for once.
Friday: Had a great nights sleep on the beach! Long day with 70 miles to Crescent City and a couple good climbs. We rode on a really windy road for most of the morning. Amazing views right next to the ocean! We passed through Elk city with street signs everywhere warning cars of all the Elk in the area. Getting into Crescent City we were soooo happy to be done for the day. Winds around 30mph. We pulled up the the church that is listed on Warm Showers. St. Pauls Church lets cyclists stay the night, use the large kitchen, showers, and sleep in the community room. There was a couple from the UK (Rob & Ness), Emily (also from the UK), and Noah. All of us touring the coast except for Noah who was heading across the country. It was awesome hanging out with everyone and relaxing in the church!