Arcata - Richardson Grove
Sunday, September 18, 2005
86.68 @ 15.0 = 5:44'54, max: 40.8, trip total: 935.3
51° - 70°, foggy morning and a sunny day with some tailwinds
pop-tarts, 2 eggs, bacon, pancakes, hashbrowns, chocolate ice
cream, snickers, 2 Sierra Nevada Pale Ale's, lasagne, tomato basil
Richardson Grove State Park, $2.14 p/p
Amazing day of riding and wonderful weather. Our luck has turned
and the rains have flown away.
Even though it started out rather chilly the day warmed up quickly
and we were well on our way to see more redwoods. It was filled with
slow elevation climbing - going up river for most of the day which
for the most part doesn't really feel like climbing. Especially with
the tailwinds we had. It was almost like your were coasting up a
very slight ramp. And with that type of momentum on such a nice day
the energy just gets higher.
We entered the Avenue of the Giants. A scenic route next to Highway
101 which showcase the mammoth trees. As I mentioned before - it's
hard to explain t the magnitude of how they rose up right next to
you. Thicker than 20 regular trees and higher than you could see.
And when they are all around right next to you it's hard to step
back or put them in context.
video clip: going through
the redwoods »
I still kept feeling we were riding through a set for one of the
Star Wars movies. As if some ewoks or something were going to walk
out from behind some trees in the distance.
The river was cool too - riding along its banks and snaking up through
the mountains getting deeper into the woods - deeper into the challenging
climbs that would undoubtedly be our way out. But at the same time
it was getting warmer and the sun was strong.
The day had some serious climbs right at the end to make sure we
were paying attention. The camp site that we intended to stay at
was closed for the season so we pushed on for another 6 miles and
found a great place to stay. Redwoods right at our footstep! We were
camping among the giants.
Dinner came and all hell broke loose. An impromptu team meeting
and a discussion of "expectations" put everyone on edge.
We could have handled it better but we were all exhausted and since
been looking out for each
other for some time now things had been shelved. So it all came out.
Long story short we're gonna start earlier so we can get more out
of the day. It's hard to put so much of yourself into the planning
and not be able to forsee such basic needs and "expectations." I
think I was looking for it but just didn't see it all as clearly
as I do now. Hopefully this got us on a better track and not derailed
our good intentions. At the end of the day it's an amazing trip.
That being said it was a quite night - all except the snoring. Every
damn night. Uh, I think it might be me at times. But we have other
more experienced musical talents in the group.
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