TRIP 2017

Update #10 - May 17th
Gold Beach, Oregon
Mission Trip 4,175.69 miles (6,681.10 km)
Year Total : 2,224.26 miles (3,559.14 km)

May 14, 2017 : Crescent City, CA to Crescent City, CA : 01.00 miles (01.60 km)
Trip Total: 4,115.67 miles (6,585.07 km)
Year Total: 2,164.44 miles (3,463.10 km)

Sixteenth full day off the road in Crescent City. I didn't get much sleep last night. The party in the main part of the fellowship hall went on for at least five hours. I didn't mind the noise of the people but there some loud music to deal with. I thought that German music was bad because of the tuba but tuba is used in Mexican music as well. The party was for a seven year old girl. There was probably sixty people at the party. I had to keep the restrooms stocked with toilet people. I did get a meal with some hot meat and chicken. I thought that it was pretty hypocritical for the guys at the party drinking beer while an alcoholics anomynous meeting was going on in the old fellowship room in the church. The party died around 9 pm. To expedite the cleaning of the fellowship hall, I got the vacuum cleaner out and cleaned the carpet and moved the furniture back into their places. Because of this, one of the ladies slipped me $5 in a GH. The fellowship hall was finished by 10 pm. All of the trash was moved outside.

After getting Alice packed up, I took a long shower. I probably got five hours of sleep. I woke up around 5 am.

I left the Episcopal Church fellowship hall around 8 am. It was a short ride to the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church. I found the church yesterday morning. I decided to go there this morning because they hosted the local food pantry and there was a Matthew 25 sign in one of the windows.

People were already showing up. I got to talk to the pastor and his wife before the 8:30 am service. Before the service, one of the older guys slipped me $10 in a GH. The first service was traditional and there was about 40 people in attendance. There was a fellowship time/ Bible study between the services. I got to share. Afterwards, one of the other guys slipped me $20 in a GH. I asked the pastor if he knew of some place where I could spend the night. He offered to get me a room at one of the local motels after the second service. There was 90 people in attendance for the second service.

I was really impressed at how lively the church was. There was a lot of social ministries. The pastor has been there about four years.

On the way to the motel, I stopped at the local BK for some chicken nuggets and some fries.

I'm really happy that I'll be finally leaving California tomorrow. I got the new debit bank card with the embedded chip in it yesterday afternoon. I called the 1-800 number to activate it. It is so great to have access to the funds in my bank account again. It's been almost three weeks since the old card was cancelled. I've spent close to 91 days here in California with just 23 days in the saddle.

May 15, 2017 : Crescent City, CA to Harris Beach S.P. (Brookings, OR) : 30.29 miles (48.46 km)
Trip Total: 4,146.96 miles (6,635.14 km)
Year Total: 2,195.73 miles (3,513.17 km)

I had an okay afternoon and night at the American Best Value Inn. The only thing that didn't work well was the wifi network. The signal kept dropping and the strength didn't stay high. I did go out and take a couple of walks. One of the walks was back to the Dollar Plus store to get a few more things for the road and the second walk was to go across the highway from the motel to check out a circus at the County fair grounds. They wanted $15 for an adult ticket. I did talk a while to a lady who was protesting about animal cruelty. The circus that was there had in prior times abused their wild animals (lions and tigers).

I shut off the tv and put away the laptop around 10:30 pm. I only woke up once to go to the restroom. I woke up around 5:30 am which was now sunrise.

I left the motel around 7:30 am. The ride to the OR state line went okay. I did take two breaks along the way. There wasn't much wind and not that many hills. I was able to ride all of the way to Brookings.

I got into Brookings around 1 pm. I stopped at the McDs for a late lunch. I tried out the new debit card. I used the chip and it worked. While I was getting ready to leave, another cycle tourist showed up. The guy was from Canada and he was riding to San Diego. He had started the day at Humbug State Park and was going to Crescent City.

On the way out of town, I stopped at a Dollar General. I got a few things. I hadn't really planned to stop at Harris Beach State Park but the rates at the motels in town were too high. The campground at the state park was on a cliff in a large grove of redwood trees. It was $5 for a H/B spot. I found a place that was sort of protected from the wind. There was one other person in the H/B area but I couldn't find who it was. There was just a tent set up. Most of the H/B area was under construction because of some drainage issues.

I'm not too sure about tomorrow because there is the possibility of rain. If I do head out, I'm only going as far as Gold Beach and then I'll try and connect with a minister there.

May 16, 2017 : Harris Beach S.P. (Brookings, OR) to Harris Beach S.P. (Brookings, OR) : 00.00 miles (00.00 km)
Trip Total: 4,146.96 miles (6,635.14 km)
Year Total: 2,195.73 miles (3,513.17 km)

I was expecting rain and it came. The rain started up a little after midnight. I woke up to it.

While setting up the tent yesterday afternoon, I didn't put on the second fly because I wanted to see how good the patches worked and also the waterproofing. There were only a couple of drips from little holes that I've got to mend with some sewing. It was nice being able to cover up Alice again and not have to deal with a wet seat. It was still raining at sunrise around 5:30 am. I put on my sleep mask and was able to fall asleep till around 8:30 am.

When I looked outside the tent, there was a small stream flowing through the camping area. The hiker/ biker camping area was under construction. A lot of the area was closed off to take care of some drainage issues. There was a large puddle on the East side of the tent. If and whenever it stops raining, I'm going to have to find a dryer spot.

Around 10:30 am, the rain lessoned up so I was able to move to a little higher and dryer spot. I took most of my stuff out of the tent and I moved the tent still erected. There was grass on this spot. I moved everything over and I started the process of getting the floor of the tent dried. The bottom of my sleeping bag got a little wet but I was able to get the sleeping bag dried by taking it to the bath house where there were electric blow dryers.

Before 1 pm, I paid my $5 for the camping spot. A park ranger showed up and told me it would be okay to move to another tent spot but I chose not to because this area was away from all of the other campers. It was still close to the bath house/ restroom.

While shifting my panniers around, I was surprised at finding a $5 in the water bottle pocket in the left below seat pannier. I hadn't noticed it before. I think that it was somebody from the Grace ELCA in Crescent City, CA yesterday. Because of this, I got a free night tonight.

In the afternoon, I took a nap using my sleeping mask. Around 5 pm, the sky got clear and the sun came out. I got awoken up by the sound of some other cyclists. There were three guys. One of the guys came from London. One of the other guys was French Canadian from Montreal. I couldn't talk to the other guy because he was deaf and only used sign language. They had started from Vancouver, BC and were riding to San Diego.

Tomorrow, I'll be either stopping in Gold Beach or I'll try and make it to Humbug State Park. The sun is supposed to be out the next couple of days.

May 17, 2017 : Harris Beach S.P. (Brookings, OR) to Gold Beach, OR : 28.73 miles (45.97 km)
Trip Total: 4,175.69 miles (6,681.10 km)
Year Total: 2,224.26 miles (3,559.14 km)

Last night was okay. It didn't rain. It was a good idea taking my sleeping bag to the restroom/ bath house and using one of the electric blowers to dry it off. The three other guys went to bed around 9 pm. I only woke up to relieve my bladder. I woke up a little before 6 am but I used my sleep mask to fall back asleep till around 7:30 am.

I had Alice packed up by 8:20 am. Instead of back tracking to the entrance of the state park, I followed the .8 mile bike path to US 101. The ride along US 01 went okay even thought there was a headwind. About 11 miles out of Brookings, I met up with two young ladies who were cycling South. I stopped and went across the highway to talk to them. I found out that they were from France and were heading to San Diego. They were going to crescent City today. There were two other ladies in the group but they were a little behind them.

I was able to stay on Alice and ride up the hills. I did take mini-breaks along the way up the hills. By noon, I had ridden about 19 miles. I stopped at a ocean side park for a short lunch break.

About 9 miles out of Gold Beach, I started up a long hill. The top of the hill was supposed to be 800 feet above sea level. About halfway up the hill, there was a section of roadway that had slipped so I walked thru the area. Instead of getting back on Alice, I continued walking for about 3/4 mile to the top of the hill. From the top of the hill, there was about a 4 mile downhill run back down to the ocean and into Gold Beach.

In Gold Beach, I stopped at a grocery store to get a few more supplies that would last me to Bandon. At the check out counter, I saw a great Christian thing. The young guy in front of me didn't have enough money so the lady at the cash register pulled out her own money and paid the difference. She told me that least week, there was a lady who had paid a guy's $65 bill because he had accidently left his card at home.

Since it was Wednesday, I thought that I would check if there was a church that might have a Wed night service. I found the First Baptist Church. There wasn't going to be a Wed night service. I found the office in a house behind the church. The pastor wasn't in but I talked to the youth minister. He wasn't that helpful when I asked if there might be some place where I could spend the night. He told me that they had too many requests for assistance so they just told everybody no. Here is another example of a self-serving pseudo-religious social club. They weren't like the Episcopal and ELCA churches in Crescent City.

It was too late to try and get to Humbug State Park. The temperature was going to be in the 40s tonight and there was a strong wind. I decided to go ahead and get a motel room. I stopped at a motel that I had passed because the sign had said low rates. I paid a little more than what I wanted to but I didn't want to backtrack to some other motels that were on the South edge of town.

I'll be stopping at Humbug State Park tomorrow. I'm looking at being in the Coos Bay - North Bend area Saturday. I've got at least 10 more cycling days from Gold Beach to Astoria and the Columbia River.

The next update will be posted between May 24th and May 31st.



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