Tag Archives: Beach

Day 26: The Lost Coast (175miles Prairie Creek Redwood State Park to Sinkyone Wilderness State Park 09-Sep-13)

The Lost Coast is a magic stretch of the Pacific where Highway 1/101 cuts in from the coast and a network of small paved and dirt roads remain faithful to the ocean. The route starts in Ferndale, just south of Eureka, and goes through Honey Dew, a tiny town with only a general store, and Shelter Cove, a great place for fresh fish and chips.

It could not have been better riding conditions. The temperature was between 70-95F depending on whether you were on the coast or one ridge inland. Usal road is the dirt section, and I only saw 3 adventure motorcycles and a fire crew putting out a small brush fire.

I drove the road once before and had my eye on the remote beach that is 6 miles from the southern end. I decided to return, and spend an extra day relaxing at the beach as a perfect way to spend the penultimate 2 days of the trip.

In the evening, I met Berhard and Michelle Leitner and their dog Atlas, who are traveling in a 6 wheel, Austrian Pinzgauer. He designed and built the offroad trailer himself, which is an absolute work of art with every conceivable amenity. They were extremely kind and invited me to a pork chop, broccoli, and quinoa feast.
While reading on the beach the next day, entertainment arrived in the form of a Subaru Outback that foolishly attempted to drive in the deep sand and needed to be pulled out by Berhard’s Pinzgauer and later a VW van that met the same fate. I also had a fascinating conversation with Bob, who metal detects and filled me in on the history of the spot as a large logging settlement in the late 1800s.

The start of Usal road. Note 12 cans of 21st Amendment beer strapped to top


The first ruts are the ones that I dropped my bike in when it was muddy the prior trip



Berhard’s Pinzgauer and home built trailer



The Beach



The campsite



Reasons the Ukraine Will Overtake the United States (Various Cities, Ukraine, 21-Jul-13)

1. Superior beach plumage (we were the only english speakers on this local beach outside Bakhchysaray, Crimea)

2. Multi-purpose cartography

3. Rubik’s Cube virtuosi that make it look as cool as it was when we played (note official bag)

4. Harbuzyk – Kiev restaurant that specializes in an OTT assortment of pumpkin dishes

5. Scrat from Ice Age can smoke here (hard to see in the photo)