Sunday, August 1, 2010
I thought you readers, all 3 of you, would like a short pictoral summary of the change of climate we have experienced in reverse order. Here it is!
Posted by byron tomes at 7:32 PM
(Literary point of view: 3rd person objective)
Posted by byron tomes at 7:22 PM
Breakfast @ the LaForges
Avenue of Giants
Redway - Western Grocery
Campground - Richardson State Park
Posted by loverfighterlesser at 6:39 PM
Woke at the RV Park in Cave Junction.
Posted by loverfighterlesser at 6:14 PM
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
What a day! we woke up and opened our tent flaps to find a fog inundated shoreline that gave way to a wide rivermouth where the locals fish for salmon and other sea life according to the season. It was a chilly morning, about 55 degrees and we arose to a breakfast of bagel halves, sliced peaches and a dash of bland, flavorless oat meal. Christian was the driver for the morning and as we rode out the cold moisture in the brisk air chilled us to the bone until it was evicted by the warm blood that came from our pumping legs. We cruised out to the 101 which was the only main road we would be on for that day. We ascended some gradual hills which drove us to throw of our jackets as the sweat and heat accumulated on our bodies only to descend downward wishing that we had kept our jackets on. The entire ride ran through densely wooded forest consisting of huge redwood trees and lush thickets of moist fern. Since we had some extra time, we decided to take a slight detour off of the 101 onto an older road named after a man named Drury whose first name escapes my mind. This entire road consisted of gargantuan redwood trees. The beginning of the road had a steady hill on which Les and I attempted to put his down vest into his bike pannier while riding up the hill side by side which failed miserably. When we reached the crest of the hill we found a trail head with the sign that said "Interpretive Trail." Odd yes, is it a trail? or is it whatever you interpret it to be? a rubber ducky? an old business sock? who knows... whatever you want it to be. Then came the most beautiful descent of the day. The hill we climbed gave way to a steady down grade through the redwoods and ferns that were as dense and wet as rain forest. We broke the trees and hit a wide grassy field that was skirted by the redwood forest. The smell of the air was fresh and the wind was cold on the face and gave the us the sense of freedom and clarity. Shortly after the field we saw some woodland creatures, elk, or deer or something. On our way to Humboldt Lagoon where we would break for lunch we rounded a inclined bend and encountered slight headwind. Scott was leading, I was in second, Les in third, Aaron in fourth, Kevin in 5. We were in a close draft line and I came alongside the right of the back tire of Scott's bike when for some unknown reason (seriously) my tire started to grind on his and my weight shifted too far over to the left to balance any longer. I went down hard into the road while yelling a slight profanity. Les, in attempt to avoid hitting me fell to the right which left poor Aaron Green no place to go accept over the top of either les or me. He chose me. From my perspective, which was a sideways view while my helmet, head, bike, and hands grinded on the asphalt, I saw Aaron soar over my head and hit the pavement way harder than I did on his head and shoulder. The next thing I knew we were getting our bikes out of the road and to the side where we sort of sat in shock and assessed our damaged bikes and wounds. The bikes are scratched up but fine. Les has some light scratches on his leg, I have some road rash on my shoulder and back. Aaron got it worst though with a deep bruise on his shoulder and the worst road rash out of all of us. Aaron and I later hopped in the tour car and visited St. Joseph's Hospital in Eureka California where Aaron had a quick x-ray that determined he was fine accept for this bruised shoulder. Later that night we rode into Eureka where we are currently staying with Dick and Cathy LaForge. They have a beautiful property with two houses that they built themselves. We had dinner and met a cyclist named luke who came from n carolina and is ending in San Fran. We are safe, well, soar, full of food, and looking forward to a great night's sleep. Tour-Life!
Posted by byron tomes at 7:00 PM
Monday, July 26, 2010
So begins Tour Life 2010!! Our first task, picking up Les from the Airport!! After we picked up our 6th man, packed everything in the cars, we hit the road for Oregon!!
Oregon is gorgeous!! On our drive up last night, we saw so many beautiful lakes, and scenery as the light was fading. Mt. Shasta was soo tall! But not enough light for pictures.
We arrived pretty late to Oregon (Medford specifically) and we already had a place to stay! Our hosts were so generous that they set up a gigantic tent for us in their backyard! We knew we had a long day ahead of us, so we promptly unpacked the essentials, and went to bed.
We woke up with the sun, bright and early the next day, and set off into the sunrise!! We thanked our hosts (thank you warmshowers.org!) and headed to the nearest grocery store for breakfast, bagels and yogurt.
Once we'd had our fill, we set off! Oregon is so scenic. So many trees, rivers, hills, valleys and amazing landscapes! I would post a lot of pictures right here, but we're in a random trailer park and the wi-fi signal is very very slow. I guess you guys will just have to wait 'til next time. Anyway, after passing through many little po-dunk towns, we made our way to Grant Pass for our lunch break. We had a very relaxing lunch under a tree and next to a river bed. It was fantastic.
Once we had relaxed a bit, and traded driving duties, we set out again. Following Hwy-199, we saw a lot more gorgeous landscape. The sun was definitely out, and it was testing us! The thermometer on my bike reached 106 degrees!! We drained our water bottles to compensate, and stop to fill them a few times in little mini-markets. I'm looking forward to getting to the coast, where the temperature should be staying around a nice and comfortable 70 degrees.
Along the way we found this incredible wood-art shop. It's a bit hard to describe without pictures, but it was worth a stop to look around. They had chairs, tricycles, tree houses, mirrors, statues, and all sorts of various art pieces made out of trees!! It was crazy. Pictures to come.
After a hot afternoon of up-and-down hills, we finally reached our stop for the night, at Cave Junction. We ended up in the back of an RV park for less than we had hoped for. After a delicious dinner of Mac-N-Cheese, we set up the tents, and now we will rest our legs, ready for tomorrow to bring it on!