Sherwood Forest Motel
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We awoke with a moat around us. To its credit the inside section of our Vango tent was dry, despite the big puddle underneath Angela's sleeping section - a waterbed experience with a difference... Fellow cyclists had had to move their tent in the night as they awoke in a big puddle, so we were quite relieved that all we had to do was some minor moat downsizing with our pans. The heaviness of the rain ...
... of redwood groves. It cuts through Humboldt Redwoods State Park which has the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the world. We got the chance to see a few of the biggest ones. The Dyerville Giant was a "Champion" until it fell in 1991. It was at least 362 feet tall--200 feet taller than Niagara Falls or comparable to a 30 story building. It is lying on the forest floor, where you can walk alongside its immense trunk. The Founders Tree ...
... in the 20's to start saving the trees and someone else made a truck out of a tree and drove it around.
We spent that much time walking through different groves that we totally missed lunch, we also ended up with sunburnt roofs of our mouth from looking up all day in awe. But finally after a late piece of pie and a few kitchy tree based tourist traps we headed home. That was until Ann decided to take the 60k detour to the coast.
The drive took over an ...
... the woods. We heard more noise from a slightly different area and I actually picked up a big stick, just incase. But alas, we were unlucky (or perhaps lucky I suppose) to not set eyes on him.
On a sunny meadow path I passed a bit of bark that spiked my curiosity. That's because upon closer inspection it was in fact some sort of preying mantis!! We watched it for some time as it stayed perfectly still with its stick-like arms in the ...
... and twisty road. We are on a day off (Sunday) and plan to investigate the local coastline, tide pools, and a black sand beach.
Our hotel "The Inn at the Lost Coast" is a bluff top ocean front hotel and the views are spectacular.
The ride was 53 miles with over 2100 feet of climbing....riding time was slow as Bill and Brian stopped several times. Here is the Garmin Link for those of ...