The Great Pacific Coast Escape

Day 14: Enter the 'Avenue of the Giants'
(KOA in Arcata to Weott)

date: Sunday August 18, 2002
daily miles: 61 miles (98 km)
total miles: 1,075 miles (1,730 km)

The official bicycle "route" for the Pacific Coast ride bypasses all the cool things in the city of Eureka. So I turned around and went back and rode it again -- taking my own route instead so I could see all the cool places. Fog on the bay but I did see a lot of older architectural styles houses and liked my own route much better. :-)

I stopped at Denny's today for lunch. My brother had put the idea into my head via a phone conversation last night in regard to eating. He figured it was healthier than fast food. Ordered the burger and fries -- and I dived in so fast to the fries that the waitress brought seconds for me almost immediately -- plus a salad -- plus three glasses of Diet Coke. She wanted to make sure that I got enough food as I LOOKED rather famished. Thanks -- I think!!

Entered the "Avenue of the Redwoods" after a lot of nice riding this morning -- casual and pretty slow-paced for myself (plus I can stay warmer at slow speeds for some reason). Amazing seeing all these incredible redwood trees and realizing that some are 900 to a thousand years old. I wondered what would be here in a thousands years from now???

I caught up with Steve again (the gentleman from Georgia) at camp tonight. Nice guy to share a campsite with and I will try to do the same tomorrow also. Interesting the people and the friends that you meet in doing "out of the ordinary" things like this ride. I know I will wish him continued success back to his truck in Colorado -- which he will then promptly get to drive home to his wife Deb in Georgia.

I didn't even realize it was Sunday today! Last day of the Monterey Historic Automobile Races in Monterey, CA and the Concour's d'Elegance at Pebble Beach -- both events I missed this year while doing this ride. But everyone should know now -- I will be at both of those events on the third weekend of next year. I just have to go as it's in my blood and I do miss it not being there!!

Dreamed today while riding of doing a multi-day ride with my BOB (trailer) on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon with friends. I so enjoyed the ride we did a few years ago there and I'm curious about how much farther I could go now due to the extra capacity to haul more H20 with BOB. (H20 is major limitation of that ride)

Also the next time I do another bike tour -- I'm bringing my camping stove and cooking gear. Not too much problem getting food -- but I have this incredible craving every night for pasta with sauce and vegetables on the side. Plus warm food at the end of the day would better 'hit the spot'. Plus I think my energy levels would be a LOT higher and I wouldn’t have as many problems getting going in the morning.

We'll see what tomorrow delivers...

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?