Cycling The Pacific Coast Daily Travels

Daily Travels: Eureka, CA to Humboldt Redwoods State Park, CA

The Ride

Route: Highway 101, Then Escape To The Avenue Of The Giants

Distance: ~80km/50mi

Weather: Mid-Teens & Cloudy on the Coast, Mid-20s & Mostly Sunny Just a Few Miles Inland

Terrain: Tame Leading Out Of Eureka, Minor Climbs Into Humboldt Redwoods

The Rest

Breakfast: Oatmeal [with cinnamon, almonds & pecans]

Lunch: Wrap & Nectarine          Dinner: Store-Bought Ramen with Spices

Snacks: Clif Bar        Beverages: Morning Coffee, Water

Previous Night’s Sleep: 10:30pm to 7:00am [8.5 hours]

Today’s Ride

This proved to be one of the easiest days of riding so far. No more than two or three energy-demanding hills. Only one solid-yet-short climb after the town of Loleta. Otherwise, mostly rolling hills and steady pedalling.

As I followed Highway 101 away from the coast and back into the redwoods, the sun reappeared and the temperatures soared. I could not have asked for a more welcoming ride into one of the more famed roadways on the Pacific coast: Avenue of the Giants. This path runs mostly astride the main highway, offering less traffic, more winding turns, and a steady barrage of redwood groves. To distill the day’s ride only in words would take too long. On to the pictures…

Avenue of the Giants

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A quiet roadway offers invitations to take over the lane for a time. A luxurious feeling, to be honest!
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Resting against the roots of an overturned tree. The roots of a living, upright coastal redwood can spread up to 100 feet from its base. Their roots are also very shallow, never digging more than six feet underground. As a result, the roadway’s edges can be bumpy from shallow redwood roots pushing from underneath.  
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The scenery is awesome even before entering the Avenue of the Giants. Then, the scenes become even more spectacular.
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Sun shining through the trees.
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The trees often stand immediately beside the pavement. Slow-moving vehicles, along with less traffic overall, makes the narrow shoulder rarely noticeable.
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Peering up The Founders’ Tree, dedicated to the founders of the Save-The-Redwoods League, which was essential to preserving the coastal redwoods in the early twentieth century. This tree’s height is approximately 346 feet.
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Unfortunately, this home is not for sale.
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I frequently stopped to look up and around, breathing it all in. The best kind of slow ride.
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Another dose of on-road appreciation.
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A perfectly fitting way to finish the day. Camping in the redwoods at Burlington Campground.

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