Thursday, October 30, 2014

~Part 3~ Of Alameda Vacay Ride~

Getting off the bumpy road and back on the 101 was a relief of sorts, but the 101 is pretty much a nice ride northbound and such a different setting than the 101 south of San Francisco.  It is a simple ride, and not one to discourage any rider.

Changing from a tree lined freeway to both the ocean and mountains was breathtaking.

This is around Eureka and south of Orick.  On the other side of the road is all ocean.

Beautiful trees in the distance getting lost in the fog. 

I wonder what little village that is over there off the bank. 

When I get to Orick the traffic has stopped and I think there must be more road work ahead, but when I pull over to take a better look, I see that the Roosevelt Elk were having their din din hour and casually moving across the road.  So, yes, I stop and am amazed that I am a part of this Mother Nature program happening.  It took a few minutes, but I said to myself "Kathy you'd better grab your camera NOW".  So I did. Shaking a bit from the excitement, I pulled out the point and shoot from the fairing pouch -- a tip Bobskoot told me to do years ago.

You can see I wasn't the only one interested.   Crowds moved out, so eventually I pulled farther up.

I love the sounds they make. 

Mr. Elk, the big man of the herd, decided to straighten everyone out and charged toward me and a couple of other people.  I was standing by their truck while they stayed in... duh.  Running towards me, I ducked against it and got brushed by the Elk.  Yes, that's me swearing at myself.  Funny thing is, it was so fast there really wasn't any thinking to it.  Glad I still had gear on.  Everybody has seen these types of situations on You Tube including me.  I have always thought what a bunch of doe does, and there I am... a doe doe myself.  A big breath afterwards, the truck people came out and brushed me off... I think I only worried about whether or not I had bugs and ticks on me.  Silly.  Lesson learned though... they are wild.  They really don't give an elk's dropping about me or anyone else enjoying the sight of them. Stay back. I was lucky. They really are big!  But boy... I  am glad it was me *smiling*.

Before leaving, I noticed another trike.  Looking around, I noticed another lady all geared up, and of course, I had to say hello. After starting up a conversation with her, she tells me she is solo riding out from New York. June Smith has been on the road for a few weeks now and is heading south, the way I came. We talk back and forth and Joan Krenning's name comes up, and she tells me she is her inspiration for this ride.  I have met Joan and, she is one to be inspired by - (Founder of The Steel Horse Sisterhood).   So, anyway, June and I get ready to take our selfie together and she stops to pull out a snapshot of Joan that she carries for inspiration on her ride. Then our selfies happen.

June Smith from Fairhaven, NY
Dual pics. 

I think it is so great to meet other women riders on the road.

She could not stop smiling.
Saying goodbye to the Elk and June, I get comfy and continue northbound.  I go over Bridge #1-28, also known as the Golden Bear Bridge.  This bridge rides over the Klamath River.  The Golden Bears: the City painted them gold.  They used to be grey.  Then the highway department thought vandals painted them, so they painted them grey again until they found out the City painted them.  So now they are gold.

Also, sad to say, the river wasn't very high.  The drought is clearly here, and has been noticeably so on this whole trip.

Roadwork.  Yuk.
Not such a great pic, but monuments the bridge crossing AND
the lousy roadwork traffic.  
I wasn't planning on this little stop, but when I saw Paul Bunyon and Blue in front of the Trees Of Mystery, I had to get out and take some pics.  Not having the time to go in to spend a couple of hours, I meandered around and took some quick snaps of P & B.  This is yet another "next time". They have a Sky Trail ride, and I am very much looking forward to that one.

Paul Bunyon & Blue

A good team of Woop Ass...
Riding  in and out from the ocean and trees is remarkable here on this coastline.  I am headed into Crescent City now and the sounds of the ocean with the smell of the trees is uniquely blended.  I can't get enough of it.

Pulling over I take a snap of the ocean south of Crescent City. 
The fog is rolling in now.

Beautiful Rocks. 

The bridge surrounded with trees at the ocean. 
You can make out pockets of the fishing community of California from Eureka on up.  Logging is seen from Willits northward, and still, hitchhikers are seen often.

The fog is settling in on the Coast when I arrive in Crescent City. I snuggle Gozilla up, take a walk, have dinner then I enjoy the sound of the ocean and coldness of the fog sitting on the porch of my room all wrapped up in my bankie.  Talked to a couple of riders with their wives about Gozilla and the area, and I am ready to sleep now.  I don't know about you,  but I am completely wired when I get off the bike, even after a long day.  I know I am tired, but it takes awhile to come down.

Tomorrow I am excited to finally get to see Pam & Russell in Shady Cove and spend a couple of days with them. The trip so far has been incredibly well worth it.  I must be a better planner to avoid the road work though.  I hit a few spots that set me back in time, but all well worth taking another ride on this route.

Coming Up:  Part 4 is the ride through Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Leaving California into Oregon, the Rogue River, and of course. Russell and Pameramps.

You may have already read my previous post on Joan Krenning, if not, you can read more about her at her website:  The Steel Horse Sisterhood.   She is also known as Lady Road Dog who has embarked on her Glory USA Freedom Ride.  

Also, sorry it has taken me awhile to posts these.  I entered the demoltion and restoration portion of my home life.  It really has taken some time from me, but I am almost ready to kick everyone out.  

Monday, October 6, 2014

~Cheap Sunglasses Spotting~Folding Chaps

I never knew this.  I just roll and throw.  Now that I have seen this, I'm going to try it.
Looks easy and I think it is a great tip to pass around.

This video is from  Ride Stop n Go.

Ride Stop n Go has a great You Tube Channel too.  

Fold Chaps N Go Trailzzz, 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

~Alameda Vacay Ride-Part 2~

Continuing on, I half-way marked my map ride into 2 days with stops hither and dither along the way until I reached Oregon.  This post will take you to Avenue Of The Giants, North of Willits and South of Eureka, California.

Riding out of Alameda was a brisk one.  Roberta was right, "wear the chaps".  As I rode towards the Richmond Bridge and over the approximate 5 miles of it, I was happy I put them on.  The ocean can get cold and it was. Sure was a beautiful day to cross it though.  I wanted to pull over, but just wasn't brave enough to test the waters (no pun intended).  There are emergency only pull-outs along the bridge and it would have been just my luck to get a ticket.  When I see San Quentin Prison on the bluff, I know I am not questioning that pull-over anymore and am on my way into the ride North into Mendocino County and out of the San Francisco Bay.

By the time I get to Santa Rosa, I am peeling off the layers at a little gas station where some kid tried to sell me a camera which he "guaranteed".  His girlfriend was in the other lot probably selling the same camera.  Hitchhikers are not an uncommon site from this point North and on either.  I guess the weather was perfect for it.

There are a few scenic artsy fartsy pull overs off the freeway travelling north.  If you can map those out before going it would help.  They come up quick.  After passing a couple, I tried to be equipped to take the next photo op...

I wasn't fast enough needless to say...
and I am lousy at taking photos while riding. 

Missed it...

The road is rich in Oaks and shows off California's rolling hills beautifully.

When 101 finally gets into the "small town" of things (past Napa, Healdsburg & Geyserville), there are reasons to stop and enjoy. For me it was a little refreshment, and walking the small towns. Hopland is one of them, so I stopped a bit to check it out. It is just  south of Willits.

Main drag in Hopland on Hwy 101

I am pointed into the direction of that store. 

...which I did visit

...and enjoyed. 

Then back on the road again to Willits.  Again, the Highway scenery is a California Oak view, a little hotter and dryer, and the roads are a bit more crowded as they get smaller with RVs, commuters, and roadwork a plenty.   

California rolling hills. 

As I get to my destination the heat is triple digits and I am glad I have arrived.  Getting to my hotel, I find out it does not have the restaurant they told me they had when making the reservations and, I also find out the next morning that their breakfast timing wasn't as they told me either.  I did, however, find this little nook to sit and relax in after a good walk to get dinner. After staying the night in this place, I was happy to leave.  No can recommend.  I even had to call the desk for T.P. Oh the woes...

New morning, new day and up early to keep traveling northbound.  Riding through this sign made me smile, "Gateway To The Redwoods". Willits is a small town.  This sign is located in the center of it and on Highway 101.  I couldn't exactly find much to do there though and I wasn't sure how to find out since no one at the hotel could tell me.  So I just took a walk, and talked to people.  The one attraction I will be back for is the Skunk Train, which travels through the Redwoods.  The locals say it is a lot of fun.

Sure enough,  the views from the road changed not long after leaving Willits.

 ..and changed

..and changed again.

...into quaint towns, 

...and back into a tree lined Highway 101, near Leggett, CA

Behind these hills was a fire burning, which was pretty thick until I got to the rest stop. 
Mr. Custodian at the Empire Camp Rest Area turned me on to this map
filled with all sorts of goodies.  There was a fire in Leggett and he told me of the backroads
to get around.  He is the one who mentioned not to miss this.  He also said if I had time to stay, that would be
the place for camping.  I will rain check that one for the RV days. However, I did ride through it, and it is beautiful and I can't imagine the beauty beyond what I saw, smelled and listened too.
Mr. Custodian:  Thank You loads!
So then I get here...

A marker for Frank Belotti is present.

At this time, I really feel the 
Ahhh Moments begining, 
and I am excited and obviously goofy to selfie vid this one.

The Avenue Of The Giants is the old Highway 101. It takes you inland a bit for about 31-32 miles or so off of the now Highway 101.   In particular, the road has not been kept up too well and the trees are well into the ride.  However, it is worth it and there is a place or two to stop conveniently to hike and spend the day running through the trees, two things I did not have the time to do but hikers and travelers were about.

The roads, and in particular beyond the roads, are covered with Redwoods.  I went searching for the drive through tree but couldn't find it at the time.  Found out later it was right off the 101 and not in the Avenue of the Giants itself.  Watch for that if you plan to go.  I have a few touristy items I missed but now are on the to do list for my next trip.

Photos and videos really can not describe the beauty of this ride.  Being in the thick of it on the road and feeling the changes of the weather, smells and visual sightings cannot be put into words, or even photographs for that matter.  You need to just go.  Here are a few pics and a little video I put together. There is a section on My Funky You Tube, entitled "August 2014 Vacay Ride" that I am going to use for posting more videos after posting here.  There are a couple up on the road around the Leggett area already up just showing the ride in that location.

Thick in Redwoods.

Easy pullovers

Into the woods.

Out over the bride. 

Next time in Part 3 of this ride:  Elks, an ocean coastal ride and the Rogue River to Oregon. 

Happy Redwood Highway Trailzzz, 

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