A Day in 10 Photos: 08.27.2011 PDX to SF – Day 06 Aug 27, 2011

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Yesterday was supposed to be my “slow day”. I woke up in my tent by the Big Lagoon to the crackle of crows and the smell of a camp fire. After a quick cup from my AeroPress with my neighbors, I began to explore the surrounding area in the early morning light.

Check out nine more photos below!

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Meet the Banana Slug. These little suckers really grow to the size of bananas here in the Redwoods. You’ll find them everywhere and unlike other gastropods, they’re fast!

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Their latin name, dolichophallus translates roughly to “hung”. Since they’re hermaphrodites, they have to select a mate that’s their size because their pricks are the length of their bodies. Enough of the science lesson…

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I was beat yesterday. Tired, sore, cranky, hungry, thirsty. Everything! I felt like shit.

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So I chatted with my neighbors.

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One of which is a chocolate maker by trade. Check out their stuff here. It’s damn good! Adam, if you’re reading this (I know you are!) – THANKS!

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Bummed I was leaving my new friends, I took it slow out of the area. Solitary morning climbs with tired legs and salty skin.

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I’m gonna miss waking up to this!

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Arcata was beautiful but I had an agenda. My road cleats had gotten torn apart after having to walk a mile over a bridge by North Bend. People question my choice to wear road shoes on a tour but I’ll swear by a good pair of road shoes over MTB shoes for long days. I should have brought a spare pair of cleats but after determining the left cleat was the culprit behind my knee pain, I decided to pick up a new pair.

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I swung through Revolution Bicycle Repair in Arcata and chatted for a bit as I charged my GPS and iPhone. The crew there is super friendly and didn’t mind me hanging around for a little bit. From there I headed to Eugene where I rested for 12 hours and now I’m off to hunt down Leggett, the biggest climb on my route.

Here’s the slow roll route from today:

What did I learn today?

-Enjoy the slow days.
-You really can smell the weed in Arcata.
-Eat and drink local beer, juice, veggies, meat, etc.
-Pizza is great after 540 miles!
-Chap stick.
-Hotels are a nice treat, don’t be afraid to stay in one to get a good night’s rest.
-Never be ashamed to stop “early”. If your body is tired, acknowledge it and give it rest!

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