- Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, May 7 and 8, 2019.
- Distance: 130 km.
- Route: Mostly Highway 101, some secondary roads.
- Roads: low enough traffic and wide shoulders, secondary roads really nice and quiet.
- Scenery: mostly the ocean with dunes, beaches, cliffs and rocks, whales, sea lions. Some beautiful forests (again) too.
So far we’ve been incredibly lucky with the weather. Mostly sunny, sometimes cloudy, temperatures between 7 and 20 degrees celcius, and we haven’t had any rain so far! The wind from the north can be cold and it gets quite Chilly when dark, but nothing to comain about!
Tuesday morning we strolled on the beach alongside cliffs with trees. When we came back I saw my small frame bag was ripped open, there was a whole between the 2 compartments and half a cereal bar was eaten. Damn those squirrels! Little fucker ruined my bag. We always put all our food somewhere seperate, but I forgot about those bars and was surprised the squirrel could apparently smell them through their ceal.
We started cycling late, around midday, and had a steep climb right away. On the way up we saw a para glider taking off and fly like a bird. Man, I wanna do that too one day.
The 75 km ride to Devils Lake State Park was pretty good, offering plenty of secondary roads. The campsite’s location wasn’t the best, but it had fantastic biker facilities: fine spots on grass, boxes for food storage and USB power outlets, a bike repair stand and tools (sponsored by REI)! We greatly greatly appreciate it and feel appreciated as cyclists. We spent another evening with the Canadiens, including playing and singing some songs together.
Wednesday we took it easy and cycled 55 km to South Beach, stopping many times to take photos and videos, often together with the Canadiens. We spotted some whales in the distance.
Mostly cycled on 101, which was less enjoyable due to traffic. A small section of secondary road was great though.
When we were filling out the registration form at the state park for a hiker biker site (as usual), a guy in his car stopped next to us and said us cyclists were welcome at his spot, especially arranged for receiving cyclists. We checked it out and it looked cool. He had planty of cooking utilities, chairs around a campfire spot, a white dome tent, washing station, and recycled festival tents for guests. Very generous to arrange this yearly invite us (and others)! People like him make trips so much more awesome. We also got the Canadiens over, spent a great eve cooking over a fire, sharing stories, and having interesting conversations about cycling in the US (Dean is an active walking and cycling advocate). Thank you Dean! And keep up the good work.