Day 18 – Harris Beach to Humbug Mtn

19 Aug

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Total: 55 mi

Well, goodbye to awesome camp, and hello insane winds, small shoulders and crazy truck drivers. We tried to start a bit early, but the winds were already picking up by the time we left camp.

…and windy it was all day. Mikey was saying by judging the ammount and size of the whitecaps off the coast it was easily 20 knots. We had mostly southeastern gusts, and sometimes just plain crosswinds over the raised roads along the shore.

I entertained myself as per usual by hootin and hollerin and ringing my bell at the lazy southbound bikers. Some get it and enjoy the encounter, while others stare in bewilderment.

We crossed the highest bridge in Oregon, which was, well, really high. I made Mikey cross it again for a picture which he was glad to do.

Mikey all of a sudden yelled at me from behind and stopped real quick, he was all freaked out and took off his helmet. By the time I turned around to get back to him, he was saying he got stung by a bee. I couldn’t see a stinger, but I did see the bee lodged in his helmet. All of a sudden it fell out. A minute later it freaked us out by waking up and flying away.

I sweat not 10 miles later, another gigantic bee was following Mikey for at least a half hour. He’s marked, I say!

Mikey also had something kick up and nick his thumb and he was bleeding all over the place. Good thing we got that handy first aid kit!

We were thinking of trudging on to Point Blanco, but afterf all the traffic and wind we decided to wrap up the day at our original destination, Humbug Mountain State Park. It’s tucked away off the 101 and has a pretty cool, but super windblown beach. The trees inland are all slanted, and the river is challenged by the tide on its way out.

Tomorrow we rise hella earlier to beat the winds…

Posted from Port Orford, Oregon, United States.

Moving to Oregon

17 Aug

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*ding*ding*ding* what’s that I hear? Oh it’s the Ice Cream truck coming to the hike n bike section… That’s it, I’m moving to Oregon.

Goodbye Cali and howdy Oregon!

17 Aug

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Don’t let the Redwoods kick ya on the ass on the way outta Cali. My bro and I rode into Oregon all smiles and were ready for the much talked about OR hike and bike camping along the coast.
Though the smile went away when I ended up with a flat rear tire while waiting at a stop light! Ugh 1000 miles and I get one now? Fixed it quick and were back underway onto our camp. Ended the ride with food and drinks then heading to the beach. The smile was quickly returned. 

Day 17 – Oregon – Harris Beach

17 Aug

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Did we say we didn’t like the Mill Creek site, moreso the ride out of it? Yeah, that’s a definite yes! Double thumbs down!

I soothed myself with a ginormous Apple Fritter in Crescent City, where we saw more cops than the entire trip combined, LA included!

Getting into Oregon put us into the 1000 mile range. Mikey and I are truly stoked, not only for the mileage, but doing it together. High fives were had.

Margaritas and prawns were had in Brookings Oregon at the next mexican resturaunt in celebration. Man, I’ll tell you what, this place was fully stoked on prawns. Like prawns in most of the dishes… so of course, I had the Prawn Lovers Burrito. I was full on satisfied.

We also got me a new rear tire as my Continental was on its way out. Had to get a Schwalbe Marathon Plus in 28c which was a bummer as I’m running 32c but hey, its all good (and it was the only bike shop in a +100 mile radius. I did think it was odd that the rear was wearing so much faster, as my weight was fairly even, if not on the front heavy side. Plus it’s only been about 1600 on this set o rubber. Must have been all this epic climbing we’ve been doing.

Literally one mile later we roll into Harris Beach SP, which for the record, completely rules! Nice hiker & biker section, and the beach is sweet…

Facts about Oregon (even if it’s just true for one night):
– Men are Mens (more plural, even in the singular!)
– Sprint has 3G service all over the place, fuck yeah!
– Showers are FREE! Quarters? We don’t need no stinkin quarters!
– Hike and bike sites have more than a shitty 30′ x 30′ messed up campsite.
– Favorite tour food: anything covered in nutella

Posted from Brookings, Oregon, United States.

Day 16 – Arcata to Mill Creek

17 Aug

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A slow morning out of Arcata, we had a good breakfast, and on our way out, an old friend of mine Jane, got ahold of us. We visited her at her store, and caught up on things. She’s getting married next month, her store is doing great, and she’s in the midst of fixin’ up her house. I couldn’t be happier for her.

Following a route given to us at a LBS, which pretty much mimicked the ACA maps we had a leisurely first 30 miles near the coast, crossing many streams along the way. We took advantage of the Hammond & Humboldt Trails, even got some dirt trail riding in!

We passed Patrick’s Point and decided to check out the park. It is a must stay! Very chill views and they NEVER turn a biker away for camping. There are some amazing cliffs & trails there.

Then we went through Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Totally beautiful. We should have stayed there, but we had miles to put on and insane hills to climb. After a nice gradual uphill through most of the redwood park, it got gnarly till we hit the 101 again. Then there was a long chill downhill return, which brought us into the Indian reservation of Yourad & the town of Kalamath.

Jane was telling us of a whale that had come inland on the Kalamath river with her baby a few days ago. I guess the mother beached herself last night and died this morning, while the baby whale swam out to sea the day prior. People were apparently parking and/or lining up on the bridge to check the whales out, send good vibes, etc. Since we missed out on this spectacle, we got a picture of these chill golden bears on the bridge.

The second of the two main hills was awesome to look at, but plain brutal to climb. Add to this the fact that there was almost now shoulder on either side most of the way, and things got pretty scary every now and then. Overall there was at least 2000ft in climbing done today. Oh and don’t forget the three false peaks on this climb!

…and then we get to the exit for the park we’re staying at. Mill Creek? More like Crap creek. Two point two miles off the main drag… That’s cool… Waitaminnute, we’re going downhill pretty steeply… Dammit. So we have a roughly 1000ft climb over 2mi in the morning tomorrow. Good thing the rest of the ride is pretty flat.

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Day 15 – Oregon planning

16 Aug

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Today we made it north into Arcata. Caught up with some Flagstaff folk and set off to restock food supplies and plan the Oregon route with Mikey.

After a night at Del Norte State Park on Tuesday, we’ll cross the Oregon border. Reviewing the Bicycling the Pacific Coast ‘Bible’ we find their days pretty much mimic our ideas, but in reverse. Plus after checking out the Oregon State Parks system for hiker & biker sites, we were pretty stoked. Here’s what our schedule looks like…

– Wed Aug 17 – Harris Beach SP
– Thu Aug 18 – Humbug Mtn SP 56mi
– Fri Aug 19 – Sunset Bay SP 57mi
– Sat Aug 20 – Jessie M Honeyman SP 55mi
– Sun Aug 21 –  Beverly Beach SP 60mi
– Mon Aug 22 – Cape Lookout SP 57mi
– Tue Aug 23 – Taking a shuttle from Tillamook… For a day off in PDX.
– Wed Aug 24 – Day off in PDX!
– Aug 25-27 to Seattle on the ‘STP’ route…

Posted from Arcata, California, United States.

Avenue of Giants

15 Aug

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We cycled from the foggy / steep cliff coast line and climbed in altitude up to the Redwood area. As we approached the Redwoods we found to be overtaken by giant redwood trees, had a nice a cool climb into where we camped for the night.
The Avenue of Giants stretch of highway was one of my favorite rides thus far just due to the amazing sights ! The road might not have a shoulder and there was traffic we had no problems riding through.
This Redwood forest you just have to check out for your self to experience what its like! If you do drive through the ave. of giants just please be easy on the cyclists passing through!

Day 14 – Standish-Hickey to Burlington

15 Aug

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Total: 49mi

Started out nice and chill by just packing up around 7 and getting some breakfast burritos across the street. One couple at the hike & bike spot said they felt like they were dragging because everone was leaving early, as they were still making breakfast. They were all really just cheating and getting breakfast burritos like we were…

Today’s leg would take us onto the fabled ‘Avenue of the Giants’ AKA the redwood forest. On our way we rode by ‘Mystery Hill‘ which is pretty much California’s version of Arizona’s ‘The Thing‘. Alas, it was closed so we moved on north.

There was the normal tourist trap stuff, a lot of it bigfoot-centric… but man, this one surfing bear was hella chill.

There were more small hills, and a lot of riding along the South Fork Eel River, which was pretty darn scenic.

Lunch was gobbled at the WoodRode Cafe in Garberville. Their local Blackberry Pie is amazing. We also saw lots of people picking blackberries along the side of the road to the north of town.

Tonight we’re camping in the middle of the redwoods, which rules. The wind in the trees & faint sound of the river are super chill.

Oh, one more thing. When you can’t have fresh oysters, you gots to go with the canned ones. Hey, it’s for protien’s sake!

Posted from Myers Flat, California, United States.

Day 13 – Mackerricher to Standish-Hickey

15 Aug

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Total: 45mi.

First it was flat-ish. We had somebagels with smoked salmon.

Then it was hilly. I ate some shot blocks.

Then it was REALLY hilly (~2700ft of total climbing). I ate more shot blocks.

Then we crossed a bridge. I drank some water.

Then we went down a hill.

Then we ate double bacon cheeseburgers and bbq’d oysters. Mikey and I were stoked. I think Mikey said “screw Mendo Burger, this place rules!”

Then we went creekin’. I took a picture and dipped my feet in.

The end (of today).

Posted from Myers Flat, California, United States.

Day 12 – Manchester to Mackerricher

15 Aug

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We were supposed to sleep in, but I ended waking us up at quarter to seven because it was after nine. Beaut of a morning when we got rolling, but then became a bit breezy.

We’ve become accustomed to what we call ‘second breakfast’. Normally in the morning at camp, we’ll make oatmeal with honey, nutella, and granola for fuel. Then we have to earn our second breakfast of eggs, meat, juice and/or fruit after a 10 to 20 mile leg of the ride. This morning landed us at Queenie’s in the town of Elk. It was reccomended and well worth the ride!

Next was to find a backup/replacement chain for Mikey. There were marked shops in Mendocino & Fort Bragg. Ended up being all bike shops, but the one we passed a few miles back in Mendo were closed, so we just got some burgers at Mendo Burger (of course) instead. I was to pick up some local Thanksgiving coffee at Mendocino Bakery, but totally forgot. Dang, I am missing my morning caffine these past few days!

A chill ride later with a nice downgrade along new pavement and we end up at Fort Bragg, which looked a bit tweekerish, but they had a chill bike shop where a chain was available and were even directed across the street for pizza n beers at Piaci. Their selection would make the hardened beer-ie drool.

Mackerricher State Park probably has the smallest hike & bikes section, and oddly the most packed as well. I’ll chalk it up to the fact that it’s Friday…

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