As we cycled out of Arcata, we passed Humboldt State University, the scene of yesterday’s graduation which was the reason for our high-priced hotel room last night. It is a beautiful campus and an interesting college town. We cycled around Arcata Bay for about 5 miles on the wide shoulder of the 101, arriving in Eureka in time for a pastry-coffee stop in the Old Town section of town.
While Bill finished up his pastries and coffees, I walked over to the bookstore and browsed. Okay, I bought a cool book for the grandkids about a boat from a high school in Japan that made its way to Crescent City, CA after the tsunami in 2011. It was restored by high school students in Crescent City and returned to Japan. The Extraordinary Voyage of Kamome; A Tsunami Boat Comes Home.
Cycling out of Eureka, we passed by the College of the Redwoods, which also graduated students yesterday and caused hotel rooms in Eureka to be expensive as well.
Once more we were in the agricultural area of Northern CA, dairy farms are everywhere.
We stopped in Loleta for a short visit to the Loleta Cheese Factory,
which was across the street from a defunct creamery – can’t tear the building down because it’s a historical building.
The new creamery is located about 5 miles down the road. Loleta was an interesting “town”, not sure what keeps it running.
More country roads took us to Ferndale
where we have stopped for the day, staying in the Francis Creek Inn,
right off the main street of this interesting Victorian town. After checking in, we took a walk through town,
ending up at the cemetery with fantastic views over the town. Yes, we walked to the top of the hill since we didn’t climb many hills today on the bicycles, have to keep the calves in shape. (This town is also referred to as Cowtown).
We stopped for dinner at the Ferndale Pizza Company
and Bill struck up a conversation with the owner of the old green Chevrolet we saw parked out front.
Turns out the guy owns the old Ford Motor Company building and had many old vehicles inside – the building is his “hobby shop”.
He invited Bill to visit after dinner and Bill couldn’t resist. (Another 7th heaven moment).
2 thoughts on “Pacific Coast Bicycle Route – Day 27 – College Towns and a Victorian Village”
If Bill had a shop like that, you wouldn’t be doing what you guys are doing now!
Where’s the picture of the boat from Japan????????
You are right, Mark. Is it like your tech room? Is that why you all don’t join us? I can’t get a photo of the boat, but I’ll post a photo of the book on your page.
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