Monday, August 20, 2012

The Redwoods

I had 2 wonderful rest days in Brookings.  Deanna was under the weather still, so I thought 2 nights in a hotel would help.  The day before, we had made it to Gold Beach, and then Deanna could not go any further.  We ended up taking a shuttle from Gold Beach to Brookings, which was about a 1/2 hour trip.  The driver was so much fun!  My bike was on the front bike rack and Deanna's was inside.
The hotel we were staying at, was very close to the bus stop. We each had our own room so I would not catch her cold.
On Saturday, I was lazy..   I got a Starbucks coffee, and splurgec at the nearby Fred Meyers. Then I biked around.  I saw this cute deer and fawns wandering around.
Eventually, I made my way to Brooking Harbour.  I wanted travel info from the local travel agency.  I came across this cool Farmer's Market. I love that no matter where you are, there they are!  I got myself a nice homemade wool touque.
I enjoyed a nice lunch of steamed clams.  I had dropped a $50 bill at on place, and after eating, while riding around, a truck stopped to give back it, which I did not even know that I was missing.  How cool is that?
When I returned to the hotel, Deanna had said that she was flying home from Crescent City.  I had to decide what to do.  After consulting with friends, I decided to continue on as I was on good shape and did not want to abandon my plans.  Besides, I would be so bored spending 2 weeks in San Francisco, never mind more broke.
In the early morning, I said my goodbyes.  I was nervous about going ahead on my own.  But while I was eating breakfast at Mcdonald's, I saw some riders go by.  My heart jumped and I quickly rode to them.  It turns out that they were from Namaimo!  Luck was on my side.
Soon, we were riding in the redwoods, and I was happy that I did not stop riding.  There were plenty of other riders out there.  There must be at least 6 camping tonight at Elk Prairie Park.  I made it here in good time, even though  I went up some 1200 foot hills today and rode 106 km!

1 comment:

  1. Sad to hear that Deanna could not finish, but I do know how she feels. There is not a lot you can do when you hit that wall. Glad to hear that you are continuing on. Hope you have a wonderful time and just enjoy the pleasure of riding and the company of other riders you meet along the way.



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