Route: Ride the Rest of the Avenue of the Giants, Then Re-Join Highway 101
Weather: A Brief Dose of the Inland Heat Wave [Low 30s, Mostly Sunny, Calm Breeze]
Terrain: Rolling Hills of the Avenue of the Giants, Then Increasingly Energy-Demanding Climbs Along Highway 101
Notable Climbs/Descents: Before and After Garberville
Breakfast: Clif Bar & Banana
Lunch: Wrap & Clif Bar Dinner: Store-Bought Ramen with Spices
Snacks: Nada Beverages: Water
Previous Night’s Sleep: 9:30pm to 7:00am [9.5 hours]
Previous Night’s Accommodation: Burlington Campground in Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Quick Hits From A Short-ish & Uneventful Day
- I completed the rest of the Avenue of the Giants during the morning. A few more scenic stretches until the road re-joins Highway 101. Overall, this roadway is one of the most uniquely beautiful roadways I’ve ever cycled. Nothing quite like rolling slowly through groves and groves of towering redwoods. Centuries-old trees should rightly pull anyone into a peaceful humbling. I felt slight and far from powerful, a speck looking up and around for all those miles. Absolutely loved this experience.
- More hills mark the landscape after Humboldt Redwoods State Park. I noted at least three climbs between the towns of Garberville and Leggett [where Highway 1 begins].
- The temperatures are far warmer inland. From Crescent City to Leggett, Highway 101 turns eastward, away from the coast. Over a short distance on the highway, a foggy, fifteen-degree day on the coast rose to a sun-soaked, thirty-degree day in the hills. There are perks and challenges to riding in both climates. Less sweat and dehydration on the coast, but I’m a sucker for the sun’s warmth. Less mosquitoes on most of the coast, but the persistently damp air makes the task of drying out clothes and gear far more difficult. At the end of the day, I can’t complain. No storms, no rain. Just another reminder of nature’s uncontrollable ways.
- I sweat so profusely during the day, my quick-dry shirt was water-logged and excessively salt-stained by day’s end. Fortunately, the hiker/biker sites are adjacent to both the showers and deep sinks. Following a coin-operated shower, I wrung and rinsed my biking clothes thoroughly. With the park residing inland, the air was far more conducive to drying my clothes, towel, and, well, everything else in my panniers, too.
- Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area resides alongside the Eel River, which offers a swimming spot far more inviting the cooler waters of the ocean. Moreover, across the road from the park is a surprisingly happening restaurant, The Peg House. Free wifi, cold beverages, and a skilled, classic-rocking live band. The evening turned out to be more eventful than the day.