Day 18 (1)

Day 18 (1)

Looks like I get an extra day in Crescent City!

I went to the post office and they told me that even if my mail got overnighted from San Leandro, it would take two days to get here. That means I need to go back to collect my mail on Saturday. That’s OK, I can rest and explore a little.

Here are some pictures from yesterday-

This is how the fog started. So far it hasn’t descended to road level, but if it does then I’ll try not to ride in it.

Two states and 700 miles done! Back to California!

There are more pictures, but the data connection here in town is seriously failing me.

Day 17 (1)

I didn’t get out of my tent until after 9 this morning, and then did a load of laundry and biked into town for a coffee. Looks like I’m hitting the road just before 1. If I make good time I may camp by the bridge Tony suggested. If not, I ran into a woman who suggested a few river spots a bit closer than Crescent City that are in redwood groves. I must say, I’m excited for giant trees!

Day 16 (pics)

Day 16 (pics)

My plastic box panniers have been holding up well. I think they’re doing a good job- this morning I woke up with little turds on top. Whoever left them was unable to get to my loaf of bread.

Hopefully there will not be many more pictures of dung on this blog.

Saw some dinosaurs, but didn’t feel like paying admission to go see the rest of the prehistoric garden.

Another decent bridge on the way into Gold Beach. Not terrible to ride over, but some folks may wish to use the sidewalk.

Shortly after this was Cape Sebastian, which kind of kicked my ass. The worst part was that the top didn’t even have a good view. It had a really steep road leading up to an alleged viewpoint, but it was so steep that I left my bike at the bottom to go check it out. Nothing worth mentioning was up there! Maybe with more walking there was, but it wasn’t clear how far or what change in altitude. Oh well.

I came down and was rewarded with a lot of this kind of scenery, then I guess another cape.

These guys thought it was super scenic.


Is a cool rock, right?

Somewhat cooler rock.

This bridge was freaky! Looking down at the creek was surreal. It was a very tall bridge, but not very long and I couldn’t see its structure at all. There was a path to get to a point to view it, but as far as I could tell it went down to the creek bed first. I wasn’t up for a 354 foot climb back up after such a long day, so I googled this one:

Thomas Creek Bridge

Kind of glad I didn’t see that one before going over it!!

Tomorrow I’m taking it slow, since I am about 30 miles from Crescent City, and I can’t pass it until I pick up my mail on Friday. I guess I’ll be looking to see how close I can camp for $5 or less, and probably cooking my next few meals. I couldn’t resist a burger and beer tonight. I’m glad I didn’t, but my wallet might have a different opinion.

Day 16 (pictures from 15)

Day 16 (pictures from 15)

I have to keep up with these, or I won’t be able to write anything at all about them!

Right after lunch yesterday, when I was looking for the bakery, I came across a place selling wind chimes:


It was really windy at the time, so now I am going to attempt this blog’s first video!

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…trust me, it was a sweet video with a lot of wind chimes going all at once.

Found these bones by the highway. They don’t look human, do they?

I think this one was at Battle Rock.

Those white guys were dicks, right?

Walked under a cool bridge to get to the beach last night at Humbug Mountain, where I took many pictures.

Got this one as the light was fading, and thats when the Nikon got to come out and do its thing. Can’t wait to see some of those on a big monitor!

That’s it from day 15.

Day 16 (2)

Day 16 (2)

Coming down off Cape Sebastian the wind was gusting so hard that my beard flew up into my eyes a few times. The sad thing is that with all that climbing there was no good view from the top. Apparently there was a “viewpoint” sign, but it led to a series of extremely steep hills without a clear indication of which way to go for the pretty view. I tucked my bike behind a sign just off 101 and tried the hills on foot, but had no reward until the end of the descent.


For some reason rocks sticking out of the ocean almost always look cool to me.

Day 16 (1)

Just taking a quick break to are what my Internet situation is, and have a breather in Ophir, and I saw that I had about 15 spam comments in my blog that I had to delete. It must be something with the iPhone client or something- my other blog rarely gets spam comments.

Anyway, while I was sitting here a guy walked up and told me he had a big. Ag of snap peas that a farmer gave him, and asked if I wanted some. Heck yeah I wanted some!

I guess you get some bad and some good when you’re not looking for either.

Day 15 (2)

Day 15 (2)

A couple of cool things happened today. As I reached Humbug Mountain, I also reached 600 miles for the trip. I think that means I’m more than halfway back to the bay area. Another cool thing is that I finally found the ripe blackberries!!


When I finally found them, I only needed a few minutes to completely fill my water bottle. After lunch I stopped at a bakery in Bandon and got a fresh loaf of bread, and stopped at the last grocery before Humbug Mountain (side note- I keep mixing it up with Big Sur and want to call it ‘Big Hug’) and picked up a quart of milk and a can of tuna. Dinner tonight was absolutely awesome. Tuna out of the can, soft hunks of fresh wheat bread, and a desert of more bread with honey (from a local road-side place), and blackberries less than an hour off the bush. Washed it down with the milk, and it was so good!

Net access on my phone is a bit sketchy here, but I’ll try to get the rest of today’s pictures up at some point in the morning.

Day 15 (1)

Day 15 (1)

I went to Moe’s Bikes in Coos bay, and Moe had a look at my rim and said it was going to be just fine. I went ahead and bought a new tire and tube, and made decent time to Bandon, where I had an excellent Cuban sandwich in Old Bandon.

I’m trying to get to Port Orford, though I’m not in a huge hurry for the next day or two since I have a mail drop arriving in Crescent City on Thursday or Friday. No sense showing up early for that!