Vertical Gain: 5007 feet
Calories Burned: 7132 (2992)
Link to Garmin Route Data
Today is the kind of day this ride is all about. We had an absolutely perfect day from start to finish. The weather was about 50 degrees and sunny as we loaded and left our home of two nights. We very quickly got into our biggest climb of the trip so far (we topped out at about 1250 feet up, with most about 7% grade). You can see we still had great views of the coast from this shot I took along the way.
About 15 miles in, we came to that famous tourist trap, the Trees of Mystery. I was a little disappointed, because the last time I was there, Paul Bunyan talked with us, and I had everyone ready for it. He was apparently off duty this time. Here is a shot of me at Paul's foot.
|Paul Bunyan and me|
|Me, Russ, Mose, and Barb|
|Typical of Newton B Drury Scenic Parkway|
Here is a last shot of gorgeous coastline, which I took somewhere along here.
With about 20 miles to go, they routed us on a bike path, which took us maybe 3 or 4 miles before ending on a narrow bike bridge. We were then left to travel 2 or 3 miles on a gravel road, which did not make a lot of folks very happy. I was fine with it, and just took it easy. I then made it smoothly in to town and the motel. There is a terrific old mansion, but I will leave you to look back at 2008 for a photo.
Tomorrow is my favorite day of the ride, as we spend 30 miles in the Avenue of the Giants.