Biking Across California⑥ Lost in the darkness and Goddess’s help.

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Hello. I’m Suekichi.

I’m writing the next episode of the cycling tour in the US.

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3 days when I biked from Eureka to Mendocino

This episode is about the 3 days when I biked from Eureka to Mendocino.

Something completely unexpected happened on the way.

Heading to a camping ground again

I got out of the hostel in Eureka and begun to head south again.

downtown in Eureka

The weather got much better since I got into California.

It was very different from Oregon.

Beutiful weather

Biking under the blue sky made me happy.

I arrived at the camping ground of Myers Flat around 5pm.

I set up a tent as always and prepare for dinner.

I’d spent about 2 weeks on the road and I learned how to cook rice with a gas burner.

Rice and a noodle.

A diet high in carbohydrates.

Lost in the middle of nowhere

The next day, I left the camping ground around noon.

On the way, I took a break in Garberville.

4 hours to bike

I arrived at Legget around 4pm.

I knew that there was no camping grounds in Legget.

After consideration, I decided to go to the camping ground in the west coast even though it would be sunset soon.

Google Map says that it takes an hour and a half to bike to the camping ground.

However, the road on the way was so cranky and steep that I needed to push my bike.

It became dark before I get to the destination.


When I almost gave up biking on the way, I was in the middle of nowhere.

There was a ruined house in the forest.

The sound of a flowing river in the dark scared me.

I had no choice but to spend a night here because I was too tired and biking in the dark is dangerous.

When I was disappointed, a car went past and pulled up in front of me.

I had a lucky escape

A women with three dogs came out of the car.

Hey! Are you okay? What’s going on ?

I was going to the next town but It’s already dark.

It’s pretty far from here. I can give you a ride.

Are you sure? Thank you.

Lady luck smiled.

I couldn’t believed what was going on but I was super happy.

We tied up my bike on the roof of her car and I got in her car.

By the miraculous encounter, this journey became special.

To be continued.