North Bend, OR to San Francisco, CA
Segment 2 is a week full of varied scenery, and plenty of miles. Those looking to ride through Redwood forests and along dramatic coastlines will find just what the doctor ordered!
On Monday, we will leave Coos Bay and spin into Port Orford, where we will spend our last night in Oregon. Port Orford is nestled just north of a great series of coves and hiking paths which make up Port Orford Heads State Park, offering yet another beautiful vista of pine trees meeting rugged shoreline.
Our second ride day will take us down Highway 101 and across our second state line into Crescent City, CA. This city is nicknamed “The Redwood Gate to the Golden State” because just outside of the east edge of the city is Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, with acres of towering Redwood trees. This will be a great first stop in California, and a great opportunity to see some of nature’s largest creations.
We plan to make headway towards San Francisco on Wednesday with about 90 miles into Eureka, what a great idea! This pretty town sits inside a barrier island on the Arcata Bay. If you have time after the ride, check out the Old Town walkways, or some Red Pandas at the Sequoia Park Zoo!
Next, we will veer inland a bit, through Humboldt Redwoods State Park. This ride day will give us a great view of the amazing Redwood forests as we traverse 31 miles on Avenue of the Giants. As we continue south to Ukiah, we will get our first taste of the California wine country by ways of multiple small vineyards.
One final big mileage day brings us to within shouting distance of the San Pablo Bay, in Novato. During our stay in Novato, we will have our choice of museums and wineries. The ride into San Francisco will include crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, and be short enough to facilitate the Fuller Center duathalon of church and cycling!
Build Days: 0 Bike Days: 7 Total Miles: 544 Average:77
|June 11||–||North Bend, OR||Off Day|
|June 12||North Bend, OR||Port Orford, OR||58|
|June 13||Port Orford, OR||Crescent City, CA||85|
|June 14||Crescent City, CA||Eureka, CA||89|
|June 15||Eureka, CA||Redway, CA||83|
|June 16||Redway, CA||Ukiah, CA||95|
|June 17||Ukiah, CA||Novato, CA||94|
|June 18||Novato, CA||San Francisco, CA||40|
|June 19||–||San Francisco, CA||Off Day|
(Note: This mileage is an estimate and could change depending on church host locations, and the major cities are listed although we may stay in a suburb.)