Mendocino may have looked familiar from being a photogenic spot for movies. It is popular with vacationers and artists. The coastal town remind me of some of our Michigan towns along the Lake Michigan shore. I love the lighthouses like Michigan also.
It was nice to see another lighthouse today. This one has tours. It is 115' tall and opened in 1908. It is still 130 miles to San Francisco,
Started in the 1960s and trying to blend with the landscape you find unique designs. This area covers 10 miles of the Sonoma County coast. In response to this private use along the coast, a law allowed the public access to various areas.
I do now, but I did not for many years. False beliefs: I won't fall. I will catch myself. I am not going that fast.
This past week I fell down. I am okay, but it was a scare. I am old and I should not be falling down and tempting fate. I go to the doctor and they always ask, "Have you fallen?" I always say that I do not bounce like I used too.
I was going along a two track in the woods. This was not a technical trail and was rated for beginners. There were some ruts from water erosion. There were some areas of loose gravel. There were some damp ground. Out of nowhere I hit a root bang.
I think that I hit the root on the left and it threw my front wheel perpendicular to the path. I slid on the damp grass and went down. I was able to extend my arms to land on the palms of my gloved hands.
i got up and looked for blood. I could see the bulge in my right bicep. The bruising in the photo came later. No broken bones or scratches. I felt very lucky. I was able to ride and the bike was okay.
Bike accidents happen all to quickly and be prepared. Ride with care.
I flew from Detroit to Denver. I await my row's turn to depart. Carrying my backpack and a bag in my hand I quickly feel out of breath. I step onto the tunnel connecting to the terminal and I have to stop. I could not catch my breath. I felt pressure to move on, but I needed to pause and the tunnel was wide enough to let people by. I stopped briefly, but I really did not catch my breath. I was feeling anxious because of that.
I made it to the gate and the place was packed. I needed a place to sit down. The first place I saw was arm of a chair. Linda suggested that she go to the luggage pick up and I come along. That sounded great because I could go my own pace. I only had my carry-on backpack.
I did stop a few times. I went on the moving floor. Linda found her bag and mine happened to be there.
She went off to hold the driver. I did make it down the 15 entry doors and I could not have walked further.
I collapsed in the second row and fell asleep. It was not until the next morning when I saw my pulse ox if 88 that I figured the cause of my difficulty the night before.
The name comes for the limbs forming what looks like a chandelier. A laser measuring tool has certified that the tree is 276' tall. These tunnels were cut in these coastal redwoods to promote car travel. You can imagine the damage that they have caused to these majestic aspects of nature. Luckily this practice of damaging these trees is past, but they still serve as a big attraction for tourists.
California State Route 1 is one of the longest in the country. It runs for 656 miles from Leggett south to Dana Point near Los Angeles going along the Pacific coast.
This photo makes the beach look trashy. I found out that this place was a dump and the broken glass pieces are mixed with the pebbles of the beach. I bet it looks prettier in person.
The Avenue of Giants is in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park and offers a 32 miles drive through the forest with eight stops. The park is home to the world's largest remaining contiguous old grown forest of coastal redwoods. The park was established int 1921. These redwoods can grow to be over 300 feet tall.
I knew that the first part of the ride would be on a wood chip path and the Safari has 43 tires. I like this sculture. The livery to rent kayaks is close by.
There are always couples and families along this section because there a several bridges between islands and the geese, ducks and swans are always close to shore.
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