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Usal Road


tl;dr: I traveled the infamous Usal Road and I didn't get attacked by a rottweiler.

After a lengthy stay in Fort Bragg I'm finally on the road again. And a rough road it is. Having opportunity to talk to some locals, I described the next leg of my journey down Usal Road.

"Your tires may not have enough grip."

"Watch out for the pot farmers. They patrol and shoot people and have free-running rottweilers."

"I've never even been able to find that road."

"I've never heard of anybody driving that road. It isn't maintained."

"You better bring two days of food with you."

And so it was with some apprehension that I turned off onto Usal Road thirty miles up the cold and windy coast from Fort Bragg.

And it wasn't that bad. In fact, the road itself is in excellent condition for what it is. And what it is is a dirt and rock road meandering through miles of wilderness and mountains with no houses, no cars, nothing. It meanders up and down as much as left to right. I spent a good deal of time pushing my bicycle up inclines. My entire time on that road I averaged three miles per hour. Three.

The first six miles of Usal Road actually does have a very slight amount of 4x4 traffic, as it leads to a beach and a campground. I found a bottle of water that had obviously bounced out of some vehicle. It was still sealed, so I added it to my collection. It turns out water isn't too hard to come by on this stretch because there are occasional springs right on the side of the road.

After the campground I had the road to myself. I didn't see a single pot farmer. I did see lots of trees, although all were regular-sized trees. Occasionally, the ocean could be viewed far below.

I stopped one hour before sunset, because I'm lazy and the road is hard. I found a flat spot to lay out my sleeping bag far enough from the road to avoid any rottweiler-wielding patrolling pot farmers.

can opener obtained - achievement unlocked

this tree is not broken or pruned

winding along the coast

one less thing to worry about

Usal Road

banana slug - achievement unlocked

filling water bottles from a spring

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