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Humboldt Redwoods State Park

2015-05-09

tl;dr: I biked through the big trees of Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

I needed to be in Eureka by 3 PM, but when I finally found a phone signal, I realized that was more than sixty miles away. Given my speed over the last few days, I decided I'd not force myself, but take my time instead. And if I didn't make it then whatever.

From my campsite, it was a short climb and then downhill for miles into Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Look, pictures!

I crossed highway 101 to take the Avenue of the Giants north. It turns out there is a local bike race/tour going on. I waved, nodded, good-morninged and otherwise greeted hundreds of oncoming cyclists. Most were very friendly, which I found odd. But it turns out this is mostly an armature event.

When I finally reached the end of the Avenue of the Giants, I checked the time, and realized I had a real shot of making it to Eureka before the Post Office closed if I stayed on Freeway 101. I switched my bike to highway gears and pushed it.

Hey, look, money! Someone let seventy dollars get away. It was just laying off the side of the highway. Score.

In addition to money, there are also an inordinate number of colorful CO2 cartridges scattered along the should of the highway. I suspect a more worldly person must know what's up with that.

I made it to the Eureka Post Office by 2 PM. I picked up my contacts that I had delivered from Canada because our government is corrupt and allowed the contact industry to push a law stating US companies cannot sell you contacts unless you've had an eye exam within one year.

I followed this up with a Chinese Buffet, and I continued north. Originally, I had intended to turn east at this point, but I had pretty much talked myself into changing my route. I consulted my Chinese Buffet fortune cookie. "If you speak honestly, everyone will listen." North it is!

I ended up camping near the tourist town of Trinidad. There were plenty of hotels, but all were expensive, and, frankly, I now almost sleep better outside than inside.

good morning abandoned truck




filling up at a spring


centipede


ocean of clouds




switchbacks


Humboldt Redwoods State Park


Bull Creek Flats Road






cyclists


Avenue of the Giants






Eel River


my little bike


seventy dollars!


Freeway 101


Arcata Bay




Hammond Trail


Mad River


Trinidad Bay



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