ellen and i have set up camp at the Ferndale fairground. it promises to be another very cold night but THIS night I am equipped with a brand new sleeping bag liner (that actually resembles cheesecloth so i don’t have much faith in it). wish me luck. Eureka left us feeling uninspired this morning.. what a strange car-centric seeming place! coffee is to seattle like auto dealers and auto repair shops are to Eureka. We stopped at Lost Coast Brewery then tried to hit the road. 101 out of town was pretty awful. it felt illegal to be riding on that stretch so we were happy to be diverted onto back-country roads. ..until.. Loleta. it was immediately weird. there was a little gang of adults on those mini motorcycles revving their engines as we pulled into town. other odd congregations of people in an otherwise very sleepy town. we needed a rest-stop so we headed toward signs of life and found only a post office, liquor store and butcher shop. i bought a red bull. so… the streets are dead quiet and empty. this guy in a NICE SUIT passes us and says we should get our bikes off the sidewalk cause people are trying to pass. !!! seriously – no one is around. we are alone with this guy passing to get to the post office. then all of a sudden the tsunami/tornado siren goes off across the street. then a three legged dog runs by and we realize there are stuffed animals all over. we decide to leave immediately.
well. here we are 10 miles from Loleta. Ferndale could not be nicer. everyone is at the pizza shop up the street, which smells great. there are little fellas practicing football… the firemen are washing their engines… all the buildings are victorian. we’re headed to the bar with live music for a glass of wine to keep us toasty this eve.
tomorrow! – avenue of the giants. Daner, we’re going to stop at the Rockefeller Forest in that article you sent. We’ve got a long climb into Leggett over the next couple days. Sorry no more photo uploads. These public computers either don’t allow it or are too slow.
(Alexis and Mike – congrats on your wedding this weekend! i hope you all have a blast. Sorry to be missing it.)