Holy cow, today was a major highlight of the trip for sure! I took 101 for a while and then the rest of the way down the Avenue of Giants. It was a smooth ride through some stunning redwoods.
At the Beginning
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but the family I had dinner with last night insisted that this was the way to go, so I was all for checking it out.
It seems like there are lots of cyclists that take this route. There were many signs telling cars to watch out for cyclists out on the road.
I was immediately struck by how peaceful this route was. There were barely any cars or people and most of the way there; it felt like it was just me, out in nature.
I pretty much had the road to myself for the 30 or so miles of today’s 55-mile ride.
I was immediately struck by how large these trees are.
To get a little bit of perspective, I got a shot of my bike in front of one.
And also hopped up into a hollowed out stump of another that had fallen over.
Man, these things are massive. It reminds me of that part in the Duece Biggalow movie.
You remember that one?
Leaving the Avenue of Giants
After finishing the route, I rode a little further to Garberville where I ended my day.
I came across one of these today - it’s been a while since I’ve seen one :P
Do people still use these anymore?
Nervous About Tomorrow
I’m gearing up for tomorrow’s ride - it’s going to be a doozy. When I mapped it out, it looks like it’s going to be about 6-7 hours pretty much up-hill the entire time.
Wish me luck!