Yesterday morning as we woke up we realized the power was out at our motel. I guess the high winds overnight had caused some problems. The woman running the motel knocked to let us know breakfast would be available as usual, but with no coffee. No problem for us since we’re not coffee drinkers. Breakfast was actually a nice spread and the power came back on before we finished eating. We decided we’d stay another night since it looked like it was going to rain and blow most of the day. We were lazy all day watching TV, playing Minecaft (me), and reading (Caroline). Unfortunately, the power went out again in the afternoon. We went for a walk down the road and found a couple rain-soaked emus. The convenience store next to the motel had power from a generator so we were able to buy some food and cooked mac & cheese on our backpacking stove. No power is no problem for us. We finished the day by watching some TV shows on my laptop and went to bed early.
The power came back on early this morning and we made sure to charge up our electronics as much as possible before we left. Another tasty motel breakfast and we hit highway 101. After a few miles, we turned off the highway onto the Newton B. Drury Parkway through Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. The road was actually closed, but we skirted around the locked barricade and hoped there wasn’t a huge tree down that would require us to turn around. A local in Klamath told us they usually close this road during wind storms. The road did have a couple small trees down across it, but we were able to get around or over them with no trouble at all. It turned out to be a very nice bike ride through the redwood trees. We didn’t have to worry about traffic, could stop for a photo anytime we wanted, or bike down the middle of the road. It was a great morning of biking.
All good things must come to an end. After we reached the other end of the closed parkway, we had to get back on highway 101. The highway turned west towards the coast and we had some nice views of the ocean again, but traffic was pretty heavy and moving fast. Being a Sunday, I assume folks were heading home after a weekend up the coast. At one point the highway was even a freeway with a speed limit of 65 mph! The cars flying by were pretty unpleasant, but the trucks were even worse. Caroline told me she had had enough, literally. She was in tears from the stress of big trucks flying past her shoulder and she told me she didn’t want to do this anymore. Once we got to a big town she wanted to do something else, maybe get a car and drive along as I biked, who knows. We stopped for a short break to discuss things and let her calm down before continuing on.
Thankfully our route diverged from highway 101 again and as we biked along a quieter road near the coast I pondered how we might continue our trip. The sun was getting low in the sky when we passed a KOA with a small market so we decided to stop for the night. The campground is a bit soggy from the rain, but at least they have hot showers. After dinner Caroline went to bed early and I spent some time using my phone to research our options. Should we buy a car or rent one? Looking beyond the Pacific coast, should we even bring our bikes to New Zealand with us? I suspect the traffic there might be bad at times as well. Since this traffic is so stressful to Caroline I’m cool with leaving the bikes behind for now and travelling with a couple backpacks. Before I go to sleep I formulate a vague plan to rent a car, drive to San Francisco and hop on a train back to Denver. There we can leave the bikes in our storage unit and re-equip ourselves for the next leg of our journey overseas.