Saturday, May 14, 2011

Weekend ride to Eureka & NorCal tag run 05/07/11-05/08/11

Lately I've been wanting to get back up to Eureka and hit the Samoa Cookhouse for breakfast. There are plenty of places to have breakfast around home but when you have an itch to ride, no distance is too far. And there's just something about the North Coast that calls to me!

After work Saturday morning I zipped home to sneak in a 2 hour nap and then went to meet up with Rudy at Hwy 280 & Hwy 92 at around 10:30am. The plan was to head up 280 to San Francisco then take 101 up to Eureka, arriving ~4:30pm. After a quick stop in Petaluma for some lunch we decided that we had time to cut over to the coast and head up Hwy 1 to Leggett and Hwy 101 instead. 

We stopped in Gualala and filled up... The most expensive gas we saw the whole trip...

We stopped for a little break further up north before heading inland to Hwy 101

Another little break along Hwy 101 where we got to stretch our legs and act like tourists! We won't talk about what Rudy is doing to that bear...

We arrived at the hotel in Eureka at about 6:45pm. After checking in we took a little walk over to the Lost Coast Brewery where we had dinner and I had a beer sampler to wash it down. Good stuff!

In the morning we packed up, checked out, and headed to the Samoa Cookhouse for breakfast. Scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, french toast, sausage, OJ, and coffee... And they keep bringing it to you until you are full.

With our bellies full we headed for Hwy 299 to Redding where the NorCal Tag was located. It was raining as we left Eureka but after a few miles we left the rain behind. It is around 130 miles from Eureka to Redding and it is just a beautiful ride with many photo ops along the way. 

I decided to set the new NorCal Tag in Willow Creek:

Rudy at one of the scenic overlooks:

A nice view at a rest stop along the way:

 The Lagrange Mine historic marker:

Big bear sighting in Weaverville:

Looks like Whiskeytown is dry, dry, dry...

Shasta State Historic Park:

I could have taken 2 days to stop and explore everything cool that I saw... I need to go back sometime soon and take a little more time to be a tourist.

We made it to Redding around 2:00pm where I grabbed the NorCal Tag at the Sundial Bridge in Turtle Bay.

After a little side trip to Starbucks to use their wireless internet to upload the tag pictures, we were on the road headed for home. I arrived safe and sound at my door at 6:30pm.

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