10/28/19 – Brookings to Klamath

Distance: 48.12 mi

Climbing: 2310 ft

As we headed out of Brookings, this morning, we passed several statues, which made me think statues just might be our theme of the day.

But then we hit the California border, I stopped looking for statues and started paying attention to signs. Instead of being marked by Oregon Coast Route signs, we were now following Pacific Coast Route signs.

This is the first California beach we encountered. Bigger waves than we ever saw in Oregon and smaller sea stacks.

One other change was the increase in roadside funk. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I like roadside funk. It’s one of the many things that make me want to go on these long bike rides. (Note: 2 of the next 4 funk photos are statues)

I have a confession to make. Having only our phones to play games on has turned us into Ticket to Ride phone gaming addicts. At the end of the day, after we check into our motel, get cleaned up, run errands and eat dinner, we play at least one game. And that often turns into 2 or 3 games. I only post the score screen below, because today, after being annihilated twice by Steve, I booked my highest score and highest number of completed routes ever. Is that an accomplishment or what?

Tomorrow, we head to Fortuna–maybe. The rolling PG&E power outages are knocking the power out along our route from about 20 miles south of Klamath to just before our planned destination for the day after tomorrow. The outage will last 2-3 days.

We are closely watching the Sonoma County fires. Smoke inhalation is a concern, as we ride down Highway 1, if that is even possible. Beyond that, the entire county has been evacuated. Our lodging will be without electricity or closed down, when we arrive in Bodega Bay, and we won’t be able to jump in the car and head down the road.

Keep the people of California whose lives are being impacted by the fires and power outages in your prayers.

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