The Great Pacific Coast Escape

Day 13: Keeping it simple
(Prairie Creek Redwoods to KOA in Arcata)

date: Saturday August 17, 2002
daily miles: 52 miles (84 km)
total miles: 1,014 miles (1,632 km)

It was a rather cold morning as I stuck my head out the tent this morning. Fortunately no bears came into the campground last night. We DID have elk in the campground, which really woke me up when you hear their snorting. Yes – I got another late start -- 10am -- but planned this time as I only want to get to Eureka today and look around and do laundry.

I was wondering where I was going to stay today as there are no parks (state or federal or county) with hiker/biker facilities. Rolling down highway 101 and I see a cyclist off in the distance. Two miles of some pretty tough pedaling and I caught him – just as he was pulling off to the KOA campground. I figured I would follow him and see what's up. Lo and behold it was Steve -- the good ol' boy from Georgia from two nights ago. It is strange how things work and the people you meet – we split the cost of the campsite between the two of us.


The KOA campground -- note the blackberries over the fence

Time to go do the laundry as we have facilities about twenty feet away and get some food and ACTUALLY plan what sites I want to hit tomorrow. Plus trades stories with Steve -- truly nice guy and fun to converse with.

Update:

Laundry is over and I have nice warm and clean clothes again -- nice!!!! =-)

Still having fun -- just with someone would turn the temp gauge up a few degrees -- please!!!

Porked out on lots of blackberries that Steve and I picked by reaching over the fence. Can you say YUMMMMMMMYYYYYY!!!

Time for me to crawl into my zero degree mummy bag -- it's nice and warm and perfect for sleeping in weather like this -- even though the bulk of it has made me question if it was overkill to bring versus a lighter sleeping bag.

Goodnight!

Mark

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The Great Pacific Coast Escape
Introduction time
Two weeks before - Welcome to "BOB"
One week before - Panic time!
The trip begins! (Bellevue, WA to Sequim)
Awesome sights to be seen (Sequim to Sapho)
The longest day (Sapho to Ocean Shores)
Casual cruise to pavement pain (Ocean Shores to Raymond)
I survived the bridge!! (Raymond to Ft. Stevens, Oregon)
I talked with a real bicycle tourist! (Ft. Stevens to Cape Lookout)
Hills, hills and more hills (Cape Overlook to Newport)
It was slow going today (Newport to Florence)
Kickback, relax and just surf (at Honeyman Camp in Florence)
Time to escape the convention (Florence to Bandon)
Sputter, misfire, detour... and a new direction (Bandon to Brookings)
Please turn off the fog machine!! (Brookings to Prairie Creek Redwoods, California)
Keeping it simple (Prairie Creek Redwoods to KOA in Arcata)
Enter the 'Avenue of the Giants' (KOA in Arcata to Weott)
Running on empty (Weott to Leggett)
Back to the Pacific Ocean (Leggett to Van Damme SP at Mendocino)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Van Damme SP to Stillwater SP)
Just another simple day (Stillwater SP to Samuel Taylor SP in Bodega Bay)
What were you expecting -- Baywatch??? (Samuel Taylor SP to Half Moon Bay SP)
There actually is sunshine in California (Half Moon Bay to Sunset Beach in Watsonville)
Sleeping in late means a late start huh? (Sunset Beach SP to Pfeiffer-Big Sur SP)
Riding above the clouds (Pfeiffer-Big Sur SP to San Simeon SP
The ranger told me that I probably wouldn't want to camp here (San Simeon SP to Oceana SP)
I see cracks!! (Oceana SP to El Capitan SP near Goleta)
Are we there yet? (El Capitan SP to Leo Carillo SP near Malibu)
The “City of Angels” in one day (Leo Carillo SP to Doheny SP at Dana Point)
The end has arrived (Dana Point to San Diego)
Equipment Reflections
Personal Gear Review
Review -- Planning and Maps
Would I do it all again?