May 13, 2001 � HAPPY MOTHERS DAY
Finally, out of good old sunny California. It�s weird too because the day I enter Oregon is the first day without sunshine. I had to include at least one self portrait so I figured if my placement was right, I could replace my head for the O in the Welcome to Oregon sign. Worked out pretty well, wouldn�t ya say.
It took a little while but San Francisco had to be parted with. It was tough because it�s the last big city I�ll hit til �� hmmm, well, I guess the last big city I�ll hit. The ride across Golden Gate and through Sausalito was lovely. Besides the wind, the ride up the Pacific Coast is amazing. There is so much change just in California alone. The landscape and climate could be in two different parts of the world and the wildlife gets more bizarre as you head north (banana slugs and elk last night). What I�m getting at is there should be a split between Northern and Southern California. Just like the Dakotas and Carolinas. We�ll get to that some other time.
While venturing up the coast we (Brooke and I) stopped in Mendocino to visit the Mendicino Cancer Resource Center. What a great place. Ayn, the assistant director, filled us in on what they do. They are an organization that is committed to providing a wide range of information, support, and advocacy for those who are living with cancer and for their families and friends. We also figured out a great way for rideforcancer to help raise money for MCRC. They are currently holding a raffle for a trip for two to Tuscany. You don�t have to be present in Mendocino and the tickets start are only $10 so click here for details. They really need the help and this is their biggest fundraiser of the year, so, get on the move cause the drawing will be held June 9. The gentlemen in the picture with Ayn and I are doing community service and helping sell raffle tickets.
Climbing into the Humboldt Redwoods State Park was where the most significant changes took place. After climbing, and descending over 2,000 feet, I was headed for the 20 mile long Avenue of the Giants. It worked out well because we heard the best camping was in the middle of the park and it was a 75 mile day so I was blessed with the first six miles of the Giants at twilight time when the roads were fairly vacant. Then the next morning, I rode the next 14 miles before most people fired up their homes on wheels. It�s hard to react when you�re riding through redwood groves with trees over 200 feet tall. A combination of drooling and ahhhhh-ing was all I could do. Oh, and sing a bit too. Always gotta sing.
The moment you�ve all been waiting for�
Shuggie Otis � Inspiration Information
Beach Boys � Sunflower & Surfs Up
Radiohead � Amnesiac
Last thoughts. Missed Woody Harrelson who was riding his bike from Seattle to Santa Barbara with some friends to promote Simple Organic Living. Favorite signs; 7% grade next 4 miles, Bike Lane, Hot Fresh Donuts. Least Favorite signs; No Shoulder, Watch for Bicyclist, Loose Gravel. Is there something wrong with a thirty-foot tall blue ox and/or a fifty-foot tall Paul Bunyan that talks to you?
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