Brookings to Klamath (74km)
Soon after we left Brookings we passed a State Penitentiary and were disquieted to hear the guards doing target practice. Then we cycled into California. The border was marked by an agriculture inspection station, but we were waved on our way.
The easy morning’s ride along side roads took us through Smith River, “The Easter Lily Capital of the World”. In large fields of plants we did see a few blooms. Presumably, they sell all year round. A photo in the Good Harvest Cafe, in Crescent a City, indicated damage to the city’s port by the tsunami in 2011.
Our training of the last two weeks helped in the afternoon ride. Soon after Crescent City, we began to climb in mist for about an hour to an elevation of 358 metres, entering Redwood National and State Parks. (Our cross-Canada tour also helped us cope with the heavy traffic and narrow shoulders.)
This was our first experience of the mighty redwoods and they are impressive! It was cloudy and chilly on the descent and we had to change back into warmer jackets. Back at sea level, we made our way to the historic Requa Inn B&B
We are on the traditional territory of the Yurok People. It appears that the people were not moved from their land We find that the Historic Requa Inn where we are staying, is owned by a Yurok mother and daughter.