Yesterday morning we woke up to a light rain. The forecast was for occasional rain through the day as well. Having already spent two nights here, we were eager to hit the road. We were both looking forward to seeing the groves of redwood trees south of here, but we didn’t want to do so when it was raining. Eventually we decided to stay here another night rather than ride in the rain. We took advantage of our additional day in Crescent City to do some grocery shopping. I also took advantage of the motel internet to catch up on some funny Minecraft videos on YouTube I used to watch before our trip. We made dinner in our motel room to save a little money and watched a movie on TV before turning in.
This morning it was drizzling again, but the forecast was promising so we were determined to hit the road. Yesterday I had made a reservation at a motel just 20 miles down the road in Klamath. We had a bit of a climb ahead of us today and I figured a short day would be fine, especially if it ended up raining all morning. As we left Crescent City it had stopped drizzling and we could see clear skies to the south. We were cautiously optimistic.
It didn’t take long before we were climbing up the hill south of town. The shoulder of the highway was nonexistent in many places so we both had on our flashing taillights and were watching our mirrors very carefully. At times like that I prefer to ride behind Caroline and slightly to her left. I hope that forces the cars to pass by with a little more room so she doesn’t get quite as stressed out by the traffic. Soon we started seeing redwood trees along the highway and we stopped a few times to take pictures and stare up at the tall tree trunks. It’s hard to see the very tops of the trees past the lower branches, but what you can see of the tall, wide trunks is impressive.
The climb out of Crescent City took us over 1200 feet above sea level, but it really didn’t feel like that tough of a climb. Before we knew it we were cruising down the descent towards Klamath. The views on the way down were amazing. We were high above the ocean looking south along the coast for most of the descent. Approaching Klamath we stopped at the “Trees of Mystery” tourist spot to take photos of their Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues. As we were leaving another bike tourist pulled into the parking lot to chat with us for a few minutes. His name was Reto Brunner, he’s Swiss and he’s apparently been on the road for a few years now. He was a pretty interesting guy and I hope we camp with him in the future so we can sit down and hear more about his travels.
Soon after that we arrived at the motel in Klamath where we had a reservation for the night. We were an hour early for check-in time and so we considered riding further into Orick. I wasn’t sure if the motel would charge me for the night anyway since they had my credit card number, so we decided a short day was ok and didn’t ride further. The forecast for tomorrow is rainy and VERY windy so we’ll probably stay here another night. It’s a pretty small town with not much to do, but it will have to suffice.