Aug 25, 2013
The Drive thru Tree near the intersection of Ca 101 and 1
We started our ride this morning from Crescent City, CA. There was a herd of elk along side the road in a marine layer fog as we rode through Redwood National Forest in hour one of our ride.
In hour two, I was listening to Elvis sing gospel music on the stereo this morning as we drove through Eureka, Ca, where the local motorcycle dealer had opened his doors on a Sunday, to minister to the bikers from nearby Charming, CA, who had come to rumble in Eureka on Saturday night. The banner read, "Oh, Sons of Anarchy, are you sinners?" "Come meet Jesus".
As long as we are ministering... Did you know that the giant redwoods were seedlings when Jesus walked the earth. Yes, at 350 ft tall, 20 ft in diameter and over 2,000 years old, redwoods are the oldest and largest living organisms on earth.
After Eureka, we rode back into the Avenue of the Giants, another 25 miles of redwood groves where some of the oldest and largest of these ancient immortals reside.
We spent the morning on Highway 101 riding through several redwood groves, where the road designers were thoughtful enough to pave narrow roadways in between growing trees. We also rode the "Drive thru a tree road", where you actually drive thru the center of chandelier redwood, which is 20 ft in diameter, with this 10 ft wide tunnel carved through its trunk.
From there, we hopped onto Highway 1, which has 25 miles of hairpin twists and curves as it winds through the redwood forests back to the coast. This was a foot peg scraping, side wall tire gripping, rip roaring run through the forest kind of ride, that was so fun, when we got off the bikes at the end, we wanted to ride it back the other way.
We stayed on Hwy 1 south along the rocky cliffs overlooking the Pacific. The air temp was 65-75 all day, and surfers in wet suits were catching waves below in 55 degree water. While at each of the river mouths, kayakers and seals could be seen looking to catch an unsuspecting fish.q
At Bodegas Bay, we entered the Russian River Valley and criss crossed through miles of Sonoma and Napa estate vineyards, working our way east towards Yosemite. We stopped for the night in Fairfield, CA and will head for Yosemite tomorrow.