day 3 was a grueling ride down hwy 1, into strong pacific headwinds in the midst of a storm. in the lowest gear on the flats, getting spun in circles, generally nasty weather. visibility was about 50ft or less. it was emboldening to the spirit, while soaking wet and exhausting.
after a day without photos, i opted to take a series during a hike in the woods and leave the camera in the bag thereafter.
Taking a few days to ponder, I climbed aboard the amtrak capitol corridor and headed up to Cloverdale to begin several days in the forests, mountains, and oceans.
outside cloverdale, along 128
Turning off 128 and heading West into something like backcountry, I took fish rock road on the recommendation of Jay from RBW. Fish Rock is a thin winding low-maintenance road that begins as a single lane paved stretch in a redwood grove valley and degrades (improves?) into a meandering dirt path dominated by 2-3 mile 15% grades that repeat several times as the road climbs sharply across the coastal mountain range toward hwy 1 and the ocean. Fish Rock is 30 miles or so, 4 cars were seen.
this view peaked out of the trees alongside the road