- Date: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday (rainy rest day). May 19, 20, and 21.
- Distance: 175 km.
- Route highlight: avenue of the giants (redwoods).
We had our favorite breakfast of bacon, eggs, and oatmeal with the French dudes Max and Arnaud, and Dick.
Dick guided us all by bike to Eureka, a cozy town with old Victorian style buildings.
Then our paths split: Max and Arnaud went north, we went south – and we finally had the promised tailwind on our side! We took a great new trail going from the center of Eureka, along the west side of town, going south (parallel to highway 101) for about 10 km. We worried about getting on 101 with freeway status, but it wasn’t too bad thanks to low traffic and a wide shoulder. We could get on great secondary roads (suggested by the adventure cycling route) for the most part until the avanue of the giants: a quiet road through the most impressive stretch of redwoods on this route – magnificent.
There are several grove trails along the avenue. We took the Drury Chaney trail. When you’re here, you really have to cycle or walk one of these trails away from the main road and motorized vehicles. It’s enchanting.
We pitched our tent at Burlington campground in the redwoods.
The next day we continued on the avenue and cycled along the Eel River.
We passed some strange towns with shady figures. We were drinking some coffee in Garberville and a local adviced us to “not leave our bikes unattended in this town”.
At the end of the day it started raining again, but we made it to Standish Hickey State Park, where we could pitch our tent under a roof at the hiker biker site. We were the only campers on the whole campground, besides the host, who was happy to have us.
The whole next day it rained heavily, so we spent a rest day and made a small (3 km), lovely hike in the woods starting from the campground: the Taber trail.