Out of the firs and into the redwoods…

I climbed out of the sack a hour before dawn, decamped, and was heading out as the first yawning faces appeared. The temperature always plummets as the sun is coming up, and the first hour of riding is always very cold. The first 40km to Crescent City were level, so fast going, but I knew there was a major sting in the tail coming up.

But first, I met Mark on the shoulder of the highway, riding his trike for three miles to shop at Walmart…and I congratulated him for not doing it the American way….ie. climbing into his car. He was pleased about the compliment…

But the biggest climb of the first two weeks bore down on me imminently as I left Crescent City, a 5 mile climb into a redwood forest, up to 1100 ft from sea level, my first real experience of being completely surrounded by these venerable trees.

I reckon this one is the equivalent in age of a cocky teenager….about 1000 years old. The sequoias of the species can live for 3000 years, and as I meander down the Californian coast, I’m going to be feasted for several days.

Oh, before I forget, as I approached the Californian state border, I was met by two surprises. The first was a ‘weed’ shop on the state line (yep, it’s legal in California),

and a state border control, checking vehicles out for agricultural products that may bring disease into the state. I was waved through, even though I was eager to tell him I had a banana and pear in my pockets…ūüėä

Anyway I laboured my way over two major climbs, but at ‘vista’ points there were stunning views of the coast. I have to say, Oregon pleased to overflowing in the last two days, and California has put its best foot forward on this, the first day.

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About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace‚Ķ‚Ķ‚Ķtaking the road less travelled‚Ķ‚Ķ..striving for the ‚Äėfaculty of making happy chance discoveries‚Äô in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on October 4, 2018, in Vancouver to Mexico 2000 miles and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Glad you had a good ride, such a beautiful area. We took a (driving) road trip through that area earlier this year. Breathtaking! Cheers,

  2. Frank, I’m following this trip with great interest. This is a ride I have wanted to do for several years. I live in Vancouver, BC (sorry to have missed you) and love the Oregon and Californian coastal roads. Have fun!!!

  3. Glad you are getting the good views at last

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