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



A quiet roadway offers invitations to take over the lane for a time. A luxurious feeling, to be honest!
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.  
The scenery is awesome even before entering the Avenue of the Giants. Then, the scenes become even more spectacular.
Sun shining through the trees.
The trees often stand immediately beside the pavement. Slow-moving vehicles, along with less traffic overall, makes the narrow shoulder rarely noticeable.
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.
Unfortunately, this home is not for sale.
I frequently stopped to look up and around, breathing it all in. The best kind of slow ride.
Another dose of on-road appreciation.
A perfectly fitting way to finish the day. Camping in the redwoods at Burlington Campground.

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