U.S. 360 Tour IV – Day 52 from Arcata CA to Klamath CA (Frolicking Elk )

Latest update on my purpose-driven cycling journey around the American perimeter.

60 miles – Total so far: 2,676 miles

Today was one of those days on a bike when you just hunker down, stick out your bottom jaw a bit further, and tough it out. The rain forecast in Northern California was 100%, and the forecast was spot-on. I left Arcata CA promptly at 7am in a downpour, and arrived in Klamath CA at 2:30pm in the same downpour. The rains never let up, nor did I.

Under the circumstances, I wasn’t wholly in the mood for sight-seeing, but I was reminded later in the day why even in the most difficult meteorological circumstances, there can be surprising beauty. As I entered Redwoods National Park, and after seeing a number of signs warning drivers of an abundant elk population, I noticed something large moving in a marshy field adjacent to where I was riding. Upon further inspection, I saw what was a large male Roosevelt elk (the largest subspecies of elk in North America), along with a smaller female elk, rolling around and splashing on the saturated ground. They were like two elementary children who hadn’t seen rain in months, leaping around and playing in the deluge. An incredible sight after a long and tough day on the bike, and just what I needed to get me through the last ten miles or so.

The only town I passed through on the way to Klamath was Orick CA, and besides the elk, wildlife was sparse today because of the torrential rains. I’m staying at the Klamath River Campground, a beautiful place overlooking the river, mountains, and Redwoods. It appears I’m the only camper out here, other than Bigfoot. Sweet dreams.

It’s All Good.

Old truss bridge outside of Arcata CA.
Old truss bridge outside of Arcata CA.
Surly Pearl entering the Redwood National & State Parks.
Surly Pearl entering the Redwood National & State Parks.
The Frolicking Roosevelt elks.
The Frolicking Roosevelt elks.
A massive, giant redwood inside Redwood National Park.
A massive, giant redwood inside Redwood National Park.
A gorgeous campsite on the Klamath River.
A gorgeous campsite on the Klamath River.

4 thoughts on “U.S. 360 Tour IV – Day 52 from Arcata CA to Klamath CA (Frolicking Elk )”

  1. If it makes you feel any better, Brian, I had a wet commute this morning over the creek-side trails of Denver – albeit only a 10-mile ride for me with just one change of clothes on board. I’m thoroughly enjoying your vivid accounts and two-wheel descriptions of Northern California. Just remember, in the words of a fellow cyclist: “Anyone can ride in the sunshine!”

    ~Dan

    1. Dan — so nice to hear from you. Of all people, I am confident you are right at home in the rain, cold, and other elements! I love your quote, and will undoubtedly leverage it in future writings. Safe riding, friend.

  2. Hello Brian,

    We’ve never met but I just started following you on Twitter and of course reading your journey posts. I could see the elk splashing about while I read today’s post! I hope to some day become a cycle tourist and it is posts like yours that allow me to get a better feel for what it would be like. Rainy days, empty campsites and all. Thanks.

    Kent from Ontario, Canada

    1. Hi Kent – nice to hear from you. I’m glad you enjoyed today’s post, and feel free to let me know if you ever have any questions about touring in general, or any specific questions I might be able to answer. Safe Travels!
      P.S. I’m on Facebook as well, so feel free to shoot me a friend request. I additional content there as well.

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