Day 137: On the Pacific Coast Highway

49.1 miles

Water vapor rising from redwood stump

Steaming Redwood Stump

At the town of Leggett, our route turns off of US101 and onto the Pacific Coast Highway, CA-1. From Leggett, we still had a major climb to get us up and over the hills and back to the coast, and we were anticipating a difficult ride on a narrow road. We left Stonegate Villas Motel as early as we could this morning, which turned out to be around 8:45 am. It was quite cool, in the low 40s, so we were bundled up in layers of clothes and gloves. The climb to the top of Leggett hill, while long, wasn’t so difficult, and we topped out and put a few more layers on for the fun descent. The road twists and turns as it descends 1900 feet back to sea level. Exhilarating, and easier than riding has been up to this point because of the very light traffic.

Back on the coast after the climb from Leggett

Back on the coast after the climb from Leggett

Back on the coast, we saw more sea stacks and windswept views of the rocky coast. We stopped for the night in Fort Bragg, and rewarded ourselves with a stay at the Motel 6 for the hard riding we did today. 3500 feet of climbing and I’m beat! We’ll have dinner at the Italian restaurant behind the motel, do laundry and hit the hay.

Pacific coast north of Fort Bragg

Pacific coast north of Fort Bragg

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2 thoughts on “Day 137: On the Pacific Coast Highway

    • The stump (and everything else) was pretty damp that morning. The sun was shining through and evaporating the moisture in the stump. Not sure why the stump was steaming more than the surrounding ground. It looked pretty cool though.

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