Day 17 – Making Plans

My plans? Well, Meg and Aaron’s wedding is scheduled for the 25th in Lake Tahoe. That’s where I have to be.

Ideally I would like to get to San Francisco on the 22nd, ship the bike back to Florida on the 23rd, and catch a bus to Lake Tahoe on the 24th.

Looking at the distance between where I am now and San Francisco, I realize that I will never get there on time if I keep on biking. I have to find a way of getting somewhere closer to San Francisco using faster transportation. Maybe I can go by bus to Santa Rosa, and bike from there to San Francisco, but I am not sure where to get the bus, how to ship the bike in the bus, or the bus schedule.

Tim, Bill and Mark will be leaving Eureka and heading to San Francisco tomorrow, and they are riding Bill’s pickup truck. I’m going to ask Tim if it would be possible for them to give me a ride to Santa Rosa. I’m quite sure that the bike will fit in the back of the truck. I send Tim a text and a few texts later he lets me know the good news: they have agreed to pick me up tomorrow morning and give me a ride south.


This is really great.








Day 17 – Jane and Adam

I met a lovely couple this evening at the campground in the Avenue of the Giants. Jane and Adam, currently living in New York City, are riding their tandem bike from Crescent City, in Northern California, all the way south to the border of Mexico, then back north again to Los Angeles.

After that, they are shipping their bike back to NYC, and heading to India for a wedding and some sightseeing, before returning to New York or Cambridge.

Quite a trip!

Jane and Adam are both actors and they perform on the streets… Shakespeare in the Park…ing Lot, they told me.

Besides being an actor, Adam is also a photographer and a visual artist. Check these sites to learn more about him

Jane, who has a graduate degree from Harvard, teaches actors how to properly speak with different regional accents, and also how to train and properly use their voices.

They invited me and we sat down by the campfire.

We talked about our lives and our bike journeys. We shared how people reacted when we announced what we were going to do. The reactions were kind of similar, except that, in their case, many people expressed a concern that, because they were going to ride tandem, they would be spending ‘too much time together.” They smiled and expressed how much they enjoy each other’s company and the wonderful conversations they are having along the way.

We had smores! Yeah! My camping experience is now complete!

The following morning, after packing, I went over to say goodbye and they asked me, “North or South?”

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“Just choose one of the two… North or South?”

“South,” I said.

“OK, South it will be. Let us explain… We had to decide where we were going to go after the wedding… to the North or to the South of India. Both trips are interesting and we didn’t know how to choose. You just helped us with the decision. South it will be!”

We wished each other luck. We hugged each other, and I left.

I am heading South.


Day 17 – Words of Encouragement

6:48 AM – I am leaving Eureka hoping to get to the Avenue of the Giants this afternoon.

Steve – 6:51 AM – It’s supposed to be a beautiful place. They run a marathon thru the Avenue of the Giants. Pace yourself and take in the beauty. Remember you have all day to get to your destination.

6:55 AM – Thanks. I need to pace. The campground is 50 miles away.

Steve – 7:03 AM – That’s a good doable ride. It’s always easy when you are looking forward to the destination.

8:17 AM – 10 miles gone. 40 to go.

Steve – 8:20 AM – Excellent! The first are always the hardest. Good weather, I hope. I ran 10 miserable miles with your wife and Bob this morning. Much rather be with you, minus the singing and hugs. 🙂

9:41 AM – 20 miles done. 30 more to go. Stopped for croissant and hot chocolate.

Steve – 9:46 AM – You’re the man!

11:33 AM – 30 miles completed. 20 miles to go.

Steve – 11:37 AM – Great job! Not even noon yet! Grab a good lunch and finish strong. Tally Ho.

12:01 PM – Stopped for burger, fries, and blueberry milk shake at Rio Dell

12:09 PM – Actually it is a blackberry milkshake

Steve – 2:56 PM – How is it going?

3:49 PM – Beautiful road. Mostly flat for the last 4 miles. 6 miles to campground. Not sure about cell service in the middle of these woods.

Steve – 3:51 PM – Great. 50 miles. Personal best. Enjoy.

4:23 PM – Got to the Burlington Campground in the Avenue of the Giants. 52.8 Miles.