Day 5 - EUREKA!!
Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
15Trip End Aug 23, 2009
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Got up at 6:30 and had the same breakfast that most Best Westerns serve across the countries ... rasin bran, watered down coffee and toast ... don't get me wrong ... it's not bad it just doesn't keep you going for long.
We started out on the 97 south towards california ... this didn't take long as we were at the state line in about 15 minutes ... what was weird was that there was a check point set-up for every vehicle entering the state ... no they weren't checking for dope ... they were worried about people bringing fruit into the state ... Whatever!
Anyway ... about 9:30 we decided to stop in Weed (no I'm not pulling your leg) california for breakfast in a diner called the Hi-Lo (a historical site by all accounts)
From here I had planned to take the back roads through the mountains based on the research I had done prior to the trip ... the lady in the Shell station recommended taking the I-5 south to Redding and then the scenic 299 into Eureka ... this posed a small problem as the route I had planned had a couple of small differences ... Redding was south and my route was north.
After some careful deliberation we decided to go with the original plan and head north then west over the mountains ... let me start by saying that this quickly turned into a bit of a problem as the GPS had no idea where we were going ... never mind offer up some good suggestions on how to get there.,...(Shell now takes over the typing)...GPS was suggesting we take roads that didn't exist and Todd was suggesting we take road the GPS said didn't exist....we went with the roads Todd saw on the net as suggest routes for bikes. (note picture where Todd is leaning over the bike fighting with the GPS).
We headed towards Gazelle, which was to take us over the mountains.....this was the beginning of the adventure
We're spending the night in Eureka, California and tomorrow we're off to the Redwood Forest.
Hope you enjoy the photos.
Todd and Shell