Cycling The Pacific Coast Daily Travels

Daily Travels: Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area, CA to Van Damme State Park, CA

The Ride

Route: First Taste of Highway 1!

Distance: ~95km/59mi

Weather: Low 20s & Mostly Sunny Inland, Mid-Teens & Clouds/Fog On The Coast

Notable Climbs: 1) Leggett Hill [Long Climb Toward The Coast Rewarded By An Awesome Descent], 2) Rockport Hill [The Obstacle Separating Highway 1 From The Coast Proper]

Total Climbing: ~1340m/4400ft [One of the Highest On My Entire Route]

The Rest

Breakfast: Clif Bar & Nectarine

Lunch: Denny’s [A Regrettable Luxury – Read Below]

Dinner: Store-Bought Ramen with Spices

Snacks: Clif Bar        Beverages: Water, Sprite

Previous Night’s Sleep: 9:30pm to 6:30am [9 hours]

Previous Night’s Accommodation: Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area

A Moment of Weakness & A Moment of Peace

Moment of Weakness

  • The section of Highway 1 from Leggett to Fort Bragg runs mostly through wilderness and tiny hamlets of houses. I’d resolved to eat little until I reached Fort Bragg, which boasts many restaurants and shops to stock more travel food. But, man, by the time I pedaled within ten miles of Fort Bragg, I felt desperate for a full-sized meal. I’ll stop at the first place I see in town, I decided. Unfortunately, the first sign I noticed upon reaching Fort Bragg was Denny’s. In a moment of self-aware weakness, I rested my bike against the windows, marched inside, and promptly ordered the biggest, messiest, greasiest burger on the menu. To be clear, the service was great. Fantastic. But, even in the moment, I wasn’t quite satisfied. My body needed food, and I succumbed to the most convenient choice. In a moment of wanting a taste of luxury, I valued impulsive craving over meaningful consumption. Next time, I’ll search a little more intently. [Sorry, Denny’s.]

A Moment of Peace

  • At Van Damme State Park, six of us cyclists shared the relatively small space of the hiker/biker campsites. The evening air felt extra cool, with a foggy mist added to the mix. A couple of other cyclists were determined to make a fire out of dampened wood, finally succeeding after a long struggle. We all sat and stood around the fire into the night, sharing stories and conversation. For me, a moment of peace. Something about previous strangers communing together can feel extra special. Offers the reminder that good, kind, trusting, relatable, fun people can be found anywhere. I’ll hold onto that memory for awhile.

Pictures of the Day

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Back to the [foggy] coast!
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The fog lifted for a short time. A perfect opportunity to take a break, pick some wild blackberries, and enjoy the view.
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Not sure I love anything nature has to offer more than the sights and sounds of breaking waves.

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