Today we woke early since we had an 81 mile ride from Eureka to Garberville, CA. The day started off cloudy and as we gained elevation the temperature dropped and it became misty. Along the way we rode through farmlands and timber yards. Around mile 35 we took a scenic detour on "The Avenue of the Giants," a 31-mile portion of old Highway 101 that goes though an old growth redwood forest. The Avenue of the Giants is surrounded by Humboldt Redwoods State Park which has the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the world.
|The logging industry is a major employer in the area|
|Part of the scenic detour through "The Avenue of the Giants"|
|The last of summer flowers along the roadside|
|Looking skyward from the base of a giant redwood|
|These photos really don't do justice to the magnificence of these redwood trees|
|Final 1/2 to the hotel in Garberville, CA|
Below is the map our route from Eureka to Garberville, CA. It was a beautiful ride through the redwoods and since we were moving inland, the afternoon was much warmer than what we have been experiencing at the coast. After tomorrow's ride from Garberville to Fort Bragg we'll be back on the coast with its cooler temperatures.
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