Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Elk Prairie Campground (near Orick, CA)

Whoo! After 20 days on the road, we're now halfway done with our trip! We're currently aiming to reach Berkeley in a week, on July 11, and then it's just 11 days of cycling to reach the Mexican border.

We crossed into California today, and the ride turned out to be fantastic. The Oregon coast is quite beautiful, with its dramatic cliffs and rocks jutting up out of the sea---but the northern California coast has those, too, and it also has redwoods!

We had to climb a couple of 1000-foot hills today, but they were up into the redwoods, which made them completely worthwhile. The second climb was especially rewarding, since we climbed steeply for about 3 miles, then spent the next 6 or 7 miles cruising slowly downhill through countless redwood groves, with almost no traffic to distract us.

One thing that I noticed when we crossed the border today was the ice plant---I don't know if Oregon tries to eradicate it, but we didn't see any along the coast up there. As soon as we got to the coastline in California, though, there it was again! It doesn't seem to have taken over completely up here yet---there's still a lot of grass along the coast, unlike in southern California.

Total distance so far: 1104.7 miles


Blogger Jenny said...

Hooray for the perfect northern California combination of redwoods and coastline! Glad you guys are enjoying/enjoyed my neck of the woods (literally)!

July 6, 2007 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey - you should get a map or something on here. Nobody but Jenny has any clue where these places are... I've been telling people y'all are in Buttcrack, Canada... Buttcrack, WA ... OR, or CA (as appropriate) because I can't remember! But seriously, it would be cool to see how far you've ridden in a visual sense - surely googlemaps has some plug in or something.
See you in a few days!

July 7, 2007 at 11:20 PM  

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