First day in California

Stayed at the walmart in crescent city, again with the no parking, but parking is ok. First stop national and state park visitor center, no, closed. All the state info is shut down, so no map. Signs will have to do.

We hit crescent harbor overlook and then on my way.

Found the tourist trap tour thru tree. Loved it. It wasn’t open, but you could walk up.

Next stop was the kuchel beach and visitor center. Again closed. Beach was ok. Nothing spectacular, but some nice sneaker waves. Totally soaked me from the waist down while trying to get waves crashing on the rocks.

Some crazy construction on many of the high view points.

And then the fun begins. I decide to stop in Trinidad. Quite a few rv places and after boondocking for a few nights I was ready to plug in.

I mistakenly took Patrick point rd. It seems to go by most of the rv places. I pass the first one based on the 10 speed bumps in the turn in. Then the road seems to literally fall apart as you drive on it. Not much notification on the camps, and I can’t exactly take my eyes off the road. The edge is barely there. I thought I was mapped to at least one of the rv places, but no it was the boat ramp/not really beach access down hills where I really thought I was going ass over head. Almost crying I just turn around and get out of Trinidad, blowing past the rv camp on the next exit that takes up most of the center of town. On that note, if you just take that exit into Trinidad, it’s actually a really cute town.

Finally a nice pull off down the road a bit to recoup and gather thoughts at the Vista point on Hammond trail. Met some nice folks watched some seal lions and found out about the avenue of giants!!

As I head south in search of the avenue of the Giants with no idea if this is a turn off, a private road, a park, a sign. At 55 barely caught it, something about 28 miles ahead I think. Keeping track of the mile markers I keep an eye out for more signs.

Thankfully there is a huge sign for it and other than the low bridge (14′) looks good. The first pull off had info, a map, and an audio download if you wanted.

Mosquito trail

We bailed, but as I plummeted myself through the highland of a grove to rehabilitate a beach short cut that would have shaved a off an hour of our walk was a huge mistake.  As we blundered back through the mosquito infested and no seeums area when you hit the screen fence topped with barbed wire,who are they keeping out, I think my own mistake takes me back through the hell I have once been, again. Almost a metaphor for what’s to come

Living without auto.. Always use the carry basket at the store

You can pack a ton, or 50lbs in a backpack, if you aren’t paying attention and starving from the 3 mile ride there.  Loaded my backpack with the 5 lb bag of dog food, box of wine, 4 bags of nuts, hot sause, sausage, tea, box of milk… Didn’t seem like much till I hoisted it on my back,  a little tossel here and there, steady… Holy shit! Don’t fall over.  Oh and I did get a box of gs cookies on the way out.  Too cute to pass up and they watched my bike.

I weeble wabbled my way back to camp using every muscle balancing and watching the back tire now seem…flat.  Drudge, drudge, drudge the 3 miles back.

Damn that wine is good!!!

Learning to live with so little

Embarking on this journey I was only expect g a week long trip in Florida and camping too, so I took only the essentials and the bare minimum. 24 days later with only 2 pairs of jeans, 2 pairs of stretch pants a few shirts and couple of dresses most clothes can walk on their own, thankfully I can spend most of my time barely dressed in the balmy hot Florida sun on the coast of the gulf of mexico right now.


Bought a bike right away and on the first 6 mile drive found the gears dont work.  Pawn shop bike is a pawn shop bike.  the gear shifter on the large gear is smakshed.  At least it is tuck in 2 and not 3 or 1.  good beach crusier, but not gonna be good for long distnacs.


Travelling with Steve brings another level of issues.  we now know we need a bike trolley he can ride in.  We have probably walked 20 miles at least in the past two weeks since the cars are all gone.  I have laerned to “hold it” for insane amounts of time.  saving grace is my house has a toilet :D.  Us