Today we had the great pleasure of leaving Highway 101 behind early in the ride and rolling along the magnificent Avenue of the Giants, a quiet and shady stretch of road lined with some of the largest trees on the planet: sequoia sempervirons, or rather, big ass redwood trees. Now in my neck of the woods, it’s fairly easy to go for a short road ride through a grove or two of redwoods. These groves are indeed fantastic. But out here on the Avenue of the Giants, we got the opportunity to ride through maybe 15 miles worth of groves. This was a whole different level of experiencing the redwoods.
At the end of the ride, we also camped under the redwoods at the Burlington Campground in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. When we pulled into the hiker/biker spot, we met a couple from Victoria Canada named Colin and Donna, and we reunited with American Mark. Just before nightfall, Michael from Germany, who we met at the Eureka KOA, rolled in. Another guy named Mike came in past sunset, wisely donning several blinking lights. Together we had a good time chatting about our trips, past, present, and future. The evening was warm and dry, as we were further inland, which encouraged us to stay up late. It was fun to talk with so many cyclists at once.