Day 19

Fortuna, CA -> Garberville, CA

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

Looking Up

Looking Up

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.

Entering the Avenue of the Giants

Entering the Avenue of the Giants

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.

Aww, Making Me Feel So Special

Aww, Making Me Feel So Special

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.

Riding the Avenue of the Giants

Riding the Avenue of the Giants

I pretty much had the road to myself for the 30 or so miles of today’s 55-mile ride.

Coasting Through Avenue of the Giants

Big Trees

I was immediately struck by how large these trees are.

Whoa

To get a little bit of perspective, I got a shot of my bike in front of one.

My Bike for Perspective

My Bike for Perspective

And also hopped up into a hollowed out stump of another that had fallen over.

It's Yuuuugggeee

It's Yuuuugggeee

Man, these things are massive. It reminds me of that part in the Duece Biggalow movie.

Actual Clip From the Movie - Original Audio

You remember that one?

Leaving the Avenue of Giants

View from the Ride

View from the Ride

After finishing the route, I rode a little further to Garberville where I ended my day.

Entering Garberville

Entering Garberville

Wha?

I came across one of these today - it’s been a while since I’ve seen one :P

EA Blast from the Past

A Blast from the Past

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!