Leave It On The Road PDX > LAX Stage 4. 96 miles from Gold Beach, OR to Orick, OR. Photos by James Kendi. More at www.leaveitontheroad.com
Adventures aren’t had sitting at your desk. But you can certainly plan them there.
On Thursday morning I was sitting at my desk feeling a little low. What I need, thought I, is an adventure.
Just me and Pumpkin Butter. But it needs to be somewhere different. Somewhere I can drive to in the Rogue. Thus was born a spontaneous adventure called #roguepumpkin.
I decided to head north, since it was supposed to be quite hot down south. Decided I really wanted to ride Avenue of the Giants. So I plotted out a route, started examining the segments, and realized I had accidentally plotted the exact route that the Tour of the Unknown Coast takes. (Regarded as one of CA’s toughest centuries).
Left on Friday and it took 7 hours to drive to the north end of the Avenue. Stayed in a hotel in Loleta, CA.
The ride itself started with about 40 miles of relatively flat riding. But gorgeous riding. The part of the Avenue I rode was fantastic, but really, the ride along Bull Creek Flats Road was just stunning. I narrower road (no lines) and just amazing scenery.
After that, I climbed Panther Gap, which was switchbacky and long (about 7 miles) and descended down into Honeydew. The descent, and the one later between the wall and the 8 mile climb) was steep and unforgiving. I stopped a couple of times to let my discs cool down some. And to take photos. Lots of photos. You can see them all here (about 30 in all, including the ones in this post).
Drove all the way back to Santa Cruz on Highway 1, which was epic and lovely and all was well with the world. Just wish weekends were three days. Anyway, it was a great day and super micro-adventure with #roguepumpkin. Got me thinking about another one.
When adventure doesn’t come to you, you go find it.
I was up at kettle yesterday, super fun.
Tomorrow I’m going to be in the pain cave all day, I’ll write you guys when I come out.
I hope that yeti will come out with a revamp reissue of this every cross season. One of my favorite bikes of all time
@crossvegas viewing party happening tonight at Side Street Saloon with special guest @rapha_n_america @rapha_mcctillie setting up a little pop-up. Starts at 10. Come thirsty and hungry. (at Side Street Saloon)
#Repost from @james__fairbank of @jpows new Aspire Racing National Champ Kit —- Happy Powers
It’s been a long long road to this day. LONG. Hard to put into words how proud we are this collection, this extension, this reinvention. 40 jerseys. 36 tshirts. Bibs, bags, shorts, socks… and four killer completely designed from the ground up framesets. Locked and loaded for #interbike day 1. Swing by booth 13024 and #getstoked. #T62015 #foreverforward (at Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas)