RAPHA RANDONNÉE - DAY 4

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Gold Beach to Klamath

87 miles - 6,650 feet

Trip notes: Today we crossed into California. This stretch of the Oregon coast is as rugged as it gets. We weaved in and out along this quiet stretch of Highway 101. Rich in history, this remote coastline was once a bustling fishing center, with numerous fish canneries and large-scale Redwood forest mills. Our final destination was the small village of Requa and the Historic Requa Inn. Built in 1914, this small inn is nestled in one of the longest continuously inhabited places in California. Situated in the International Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site, the innkeepers Janet and Marty welcomed us to their lovely property. Relaxing after the long ride and watching seals play in the river was a real treat.


Right off the bat, Gold Beach hits you like a ton of bricks.  Dinosaur-esc mountains standing in the ocean watch you as you pass by. Its almost impossible to wrap you mind around what your eyes are seeing as you quietly pass, hoping they don't come alive. 

As amazing as this area is, you always find yourself on long stretches of road that are not pretty, fun to ride, or exciting. It seems these sections tend to present themselves from the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At these times, the only thing you can do is put your head down and ride.

One the the most meaningful experiences I took away from this trip was the opportunity to ride with such a diverse group of people. As soon as the ride becomes trying, you find yourself connecting to the others around you—folks who are some of the most interesting and accomplished people I have ever had the good fortune of meeting. — Jesse Lenz

 

Classic routes and inspiring journeys. 

 

Inspired by the classic brevets of Europe, Randonnées are point-to-point rides run over seven days. This season, Rapha's journeys pass through Europe, the U.S., and Japan. Averaging 130km of mountainous riding per day, Randonnées are fully supported by soigneurs, mechanics, guides and drivers. Rapha Randonneurs will explore the landscape and culture of their host region, ride challenging terrain and experience the camaraderie of these exceptional adventures.

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