Day 20

Garberville, CA -> Laytonville, CA

Today’s route stayed on the 101 for most of the day. Just like the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the 101’s got some pretty wide shoulders, so for most areas, I felt pretty safe. Additionally, it was a little odd, eerie almost, with the lack of cars.

At one point I stopped my bike at the side of the road and listened. No cars, nothing, just complete silence across five lanes of the 101.

5 Lanes - No Cars In Sight

So Much Climb

Early Morning

Early Morning

So today had by far the most climb of any day yet.

Still Climbing

Still Climbing

To give some perspective, the most climb I’d had in a given ride so far was about 2,500 feet - today had 4,300!

A Little More

A Little More

I’m super glad that I made it through. It looks like that will likely be the most difficult day for the rest of the trip.

Great View from the Top

Great View from the Top

So, I felt like if I can tackle that, I can tackle anything.

Decision Made

So, I decided to take the 101 inland instead of the 1. When considering the route, the only benefit Highway 1 had was better scenery.

Straight for Highway 101, Right for Highway 1

Straight for Highway 101, Right for Highway 1

Whereas 101 had:

  • More places to stay (since I’m not camping)
  • Safer shoulders and bike paths
  • Better reception
  • If I took Highway 1 I’d still have to cut back over to 101 anyway at the closure

Going Inland

I noticed the temperature change right away as I went further inland. It was over 90 degrees out as I got into Laytonville today so that last hour or so of riding was a little rough.

Wearing a Lot of Sunscreen

Wearing a Lot of Sunscreen

Not much I can do about it though because it’s sunrise when I leave, so unless I want to ride in the dark, I’ll have to just stick with it.

Random Photos

Not sure where to put these, so they’ll just go here.

A Helicopter Spinning Up on the Side of the Highway

A Helicopter Spinning Up on the Side of the Highway

Still No Idea What I Came Across...

Still No Idea What I Came Across...

Thanks everyone for all your comments on Facebook and e-mails that I’ve gotten. I appreciate all your support on this once-in-a-lifetime journey :)