Leaving Eureka, over my shoulder I snag a photo of the restaurant we ate at last night. South of Eureka on US101 to the Avenue of the Giants...Giant Trees, that is!
I am reminded of a favorite poem by Robert Frost...
"The woods are lovely, dark and deep...
But I have miles to go before I sleep, miles to go before I sleep."
There's more than one place to achieve this goal. I found The Shrine Tree for my photo-op.
I had taken a couple photos of a family a few miles back at another pull off. When they saw me here at the drive-thru tree, they offered to take my photo.
This is looking straight up through the tree from where I was sitting inside.
After 20+ miles of "Avenue of the Giants," I popped back onto US101 and rode the 10 miles to Garberville. This is where my trip officially turns for home when I take Alderpoint Road to the east. It won't be the straightest way to Virginia, but it'll take me in the right direction...more or less. Alderpoint Road quickly climbs into the mountains east of Garberville, California. I felt I was at the top of the mountain, but later would find that I could climb higher on the next ridge.
This is an unbelievably great ride across the mountains!
But then, when the next bridge is small one-laner, I start to wonder if I have gone astray somewhere. But I keep going...
The road is still paved though, so I don't worry too much...
This is apparently the Zenia suburbs.
And this is the only building in downtown Zenia. It's the General Store and the Post Office, but the General Store part closed down years ago.
The signpost offers important information to those, like myself, who wander into town with more questions than answers about where they are and where they are going from here. But I get lucky and find someone more than willing to show me the way out of town.
Actually Rose Marie works at the Post Office and was very friendly and helpful. She's called the "Map Lady" and she proved why, when she returned from her vehicle with a handful of maps. She sent me on my way with a map of northern California and assurances that I..."can get home from here. Just follow that road. It gets better on the other side of town," she said.
On the other side of Zenia, the roads did, indeed, improve...there were only a couple more stretches of gravel. I pulled over and took a break near a creek where I found an odd assortment of rocks...several of which got tucked into my saddle bag for a ride to Virginia.
I don't know much about rocks, except I like these.
If anyone can tell me what I found, please let me know. According to Rose Marie, her husband swears by the Burgers at Mad River.