Chas Eberle
Pacific Coast
California California

Our entrance to California was pretty momentous, because it meant we had traveled through 2 states, and that we had made it approximately half way down the coast. We left our lush accommodations in Brookings to make a short "rest day" to Crescent City, which was only about 30 miles away. Unfortunately, the day was hot, the winds weren't in our favor, and from the minute we crossed into California we were exposed to some run-down towns including the seasoned population of Fort Dick, (who's biggest employer is the local prison). Crescent City was not a place to loiter around either, as we were accosted multiple times by characters that seemed interested in buying our bikes. The only reasonable option seemed to be getting past it and retreating once again to the mountains, where we located a backcountry campsite at the base of the hills we would climb the next day. Although the campsite was 5 miles from town and down a steep gravel trail, we were still visited by some folks that definitely camp for a living, and
most likely not by choice.

Needless to say, heading up over some mountain passes the next day was a good thing, not only because it satisfied our new craving for covering miles each day, but because it brought us right into the heart of my favorite section of the Redwoods.

The Newton B Drury Parkway was a truly religious cycling experience. After climbing some pretty big hills, we departed from the 101 and were treated to approximately 8 miles of coasting in a silence commanded by high tree canopy and low tourist traffic. I am still in awe of that ride, as will never forget it.

...but then things got weird.

So we saw and Elk herd, and were told by a large man in a truck that "those are wild animals and THEY WILL KILL YOU," and then I had a seagull steal my glove at a rest stop and that took about 20 minutes to resolve, and then we went to Arcata, which was totally normal.

After recharging our energy vortexes with a day off at really nice Eco hostel, there was the usual excitement of getting back on the road and up to the redwoods again. It was some hard riding in the sun but was rewarded with shade, and the Avenue of the Giants.

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  • What was the genesis moment or inspiration for your upcoming adventure? This trip has been a long time coming. Back in 2008 I began spending a lot of time at my local community bike shop in Bellingham (the Hub). I was beginning to learn a bit about bicycle repair, and did the typical college kid thing and built up a fixie. Eventually, I found a bike in a ditch and it was my goal to rebuild it from used parts and ride it to Portland. My buddy and I chose to ride the Washington Peninsula because we had never seen it, and thought it might make a good story. (It also had an easy bus system if anything catastrophic happened to my makeshift bicycle and trailer). We made our way to Portland over 10 days, and by day 3 I decided that I wanted to do the entire coast. Unfortunately, our short timeframe prevented that from happening. The trip to Portland went flawlessly, and I rode the train back to Bellingham hoping to complete the journey some day.
  • Have you traveled by bike in the past? I have done multiple other 2-3 day trips since the Portland trip, but nothing as substantial. Around town I commute to school/work every day, mountain bike 2-3 days per week, and have the weekly town/interurban rides with the gang (The Wetboyz).
  • What is your goal for the route? I have never seen to Northern California! I want to ride my bike through a tree, do some beach touring, find more small community bike shops, and do some surfing. It is also my goal to find some dirt connectors instead of just doing road the entire time. I want to have a loose plan, but let the trip adapt and change as the journey goes on. I want to share stories with people on the road, and travel to places recommended to me by other people, instead of relying solely on the guidebook.
  • What do you hope to get out of this journey? I hope to see some new places, make some new friends, and connect with myself in ways unknown at this point. I hope I can inspire people with this journey, and show them that it doesn’t take years of planning and thousands of dollars to see some of these beautiful places that are right in our back yard. I believe the biggest barrier for most people is simply getting out there, and I really believe in Blackburn’s mission statement. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao-Tsu Yes, it’s cheesy but that quote has inspired me in many ways. It encourages me to be open-minded and go bold-headed into projects instead of holding back and being overly particular.
  • “What’s in my bag?” 1.) Pink/silver Kershaw Leek knives. I lost and recently refound the pink one for a year, and the silver one was a birthday gift from my girlfriend to replace the pink one.
    2.) Fujifilm Instax 210 Camera + photo of my girlfriend and I from the Portage Glacier (Whittier, AK)
    3.) Lucky Bike Shorts – Had ‘em since high school.
    4.) Ratball. (a drinking game for the rats, developed by the Wetboyz) For making friends on the road.

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