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Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

2015-05-16

tl;dr: It took me near nine hours to cover forty miles through the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

It was darker than the inside of a cow last night.

There was an RV park with a restaurant along my route, but it wasn't to open for another hour after I found it, so I moved on and ate breakfast on a bridge. Then I took the seasonal Bear Camp Coastal Route up and over the mountains. There was some climbing involved.

There was almost no traffic on this road. After all, it was technically not opened yet, although the gates on either end were open. Vehicles that did pass me were already going pretty slow, because that's about the only realistic speed on this road. There was zero houses or any other structures, but water was abundant.

Mule deer fawns are really cute when they run. I saw a lot of mule deer again today.

The day warmed up with the rising sun until I made it too high into the mountains. The temperature then began to drop again until I had all of my layers back on. From the peak it was almost all downhill all the way to Galice. Because of all the climbing, it took me nearly nine hours to cover only forty miles of ground, my bicycle making slight grinding noises much the way. On the way down, the hub started clicking while I wasn't peddling. It has done this in the past, so I knew it would eventually stop, and it did.

I debated with myself about going north and back through some more mountains, or heading south into Grants Pass. I was pretty whipped from all the mountains, so I headed into Grants Pass. The landscape became urban, and it was obvious I wasn't going to find a decent place to camp, so I settled for a motel in Grants Pass.

Jerrys Flat Road


Bear Camp Coastal Route






deer




into the clouds








yet another water source


it's drier on the other side


Hellgate Canyon

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