Pacific Coast Bicycle Route – Day 30- Beginning the Highest Climb

We left Garberville behind and spent the rest of the day climbing.

Leaving Garberville in the cool of the morning
Leaving Garberville in the cool of the morning

We would no sooner get up to 700 ft. and down we would go for a couple hundred feet. We did manage to stay off the 101 for about 1/2 of the ride today.

Off the 101, I had the lower bridge to myself
Off the 101, I had the lower bridge to myself

The section of the 101 that we had to travel had recently been asphalted and still did not have the white lines on the shoulder. We were extra cautious and so were the drivers, especially the truck drivers.

On the 101 - another bridge
On the 101 – another bridge

Since the ride was short today, only 27 miles, we are relaxing in the garden of the Stonegate Villas

relaxing/blogging in the garden
relaxing/blogging in the garden-laundry drying on the bikes

– a small family-owned motel. It has great wifi so I could finally post the photos/blog from yesterday. The motel is about 6 miles from the closest open restaurant so they shuttle folks in and out for evening meals. We did stock up on food and drinks before we arrived as we weren’t sure when the next meal would be. The small markets here carry all kinds of pre-made sandwiches and breakfast biscuits. We were set, just in case we didn’t get back into town.

lunch and dinner fixins, just in case
lunch and dinner fixins, just in case

The owner also did our laundry – that’s what you see hanging of the bicycles. Today’s ride followed the south fork of the Eel River as we headed up to Leggett. Tomorrow we take off on Route 1, a “steep, twisting climb and descent on a narrow roadway that is hemmed in by forest cover”, as defined by the Adventure Cycling map. At least it will be cool The climb tomorrow is to 1850 ft, but heck, we’re starting off at 900!(Sign says- Leggettt Elevation 952).That climb will be the last high climb ¬†until after San Francisco. We will end our travels tomorrow on the coast again at Westport where it will also be cooler.