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Honeydew

2015-05-08

tl;dr: From Usal Road to Horse Mount Road, I spent most of the day in the wilderness.

As far as I can tell, nobody drove by during the night. This is the best road ever.

I found another banana slug, and I decided to pick it up. I learned that I do not recommend this. The slime sticks to fingers worse than a bugger. I tried to wipe my hands on my pants, and now there's a big white slimy patch there.

Usal Road went on for a while. In contrast to descriptions, I found that the road actually is maintained. Eventually I was dumped out onto pavement for a short period, before that too turned back to gravel at an inconvenient time. It seems maintaining pavement on very steep slopes must be difficult, because the roads around here will switch to gravel and then back to pavement if the going gets too steep. I encountered this several times.

I crossed a main road and got onto Horse Mount Road, which is much the same as Usal Road, except it is slightly wider and has occasional 4x4 traffic. I continued to find springs where I filled up water bottles. I followed this road until just short of the town of Honeydew.

There really isn't any litter to speak of on these roads. However, if you happen to total your car, it may be here for a while.

I spent way more time pushing this bicyle than I care to admit.

In Honeydew I slammed down a double-cheeseburger and onion rings before climbing the mountain into Humboldt Redwoods State Park. I never made it to the actual park before sunset. Pitty, because I really haven't seen too many big trees on my recent stretch of dirt roads.

Also, I'm finally far enough north in California where every sign isn't subtitled in Spanish.

Usal Road


all that is left of the big trees around here






this was a car


bigger trees


CAUTION DONKEY




just abandoned


Horse Mount Road




lots of streams across this road


lizard




looking back down the switchbacks






Honeydew Store and Post Office






two deer


camping up the hill from here

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