Mendocino to Timber Cove. Distance: 96.7 miles; elevation: 12,166 feet. The magical Sonoma coastline has the ability to transport you back to a different time completely.
Route: 79 miles + 9,108 ft. On Paper, this day looked like a breeze, but after coming off of one of the hardest rides of my life (both mentally and physically) I struggled the most on this day.
Route: Ferndale, CA, to Garberville, CA. Distance: 97 miles. Elevation: 11,250. Speeding down Lost Coast Road and the Avenue of the Giants.
Route: Klamath, CA to Ferndale, CA. Distance: 90.9 miles. Elevation: 5,458ft. The closer we got to Eureka, the more we realized it was going to be a struggle.
Destination: Gold Beach, OR, to Klamath, CA. Distance: 87 miles. Elevation: 6,650 feet. This stretch of the Oregon coast is as rugged as it gets.
Bandon, OR, to Gold Beach, OR. Distance: 88 miles. Elevation: 5,000 feet. If I'd been traveling by car, I never would have stumbled upon this wild terrain.
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Route: Newberg, OR to Newport, OR. Distance: 117 miles. Elevation: 8,376 ft. Despite extensive preparation, my body was in for a big surprise.