Sep 4: Elk Prairie Campground to Redwood Coast Cabins and RV Resort in Arcata (51.9 miles)photo

I checked for elk in the big field next to the campground before retiring for the evening. Saw only a deer and a rabbit.

It was a very quiet night and again I slept for 12 hours. I left before the other bikers and headed out to the tiny town of Ozick for coffee. My route today takes me by Patrick’s Point State Park, and the cities of Trinidad and Arcata to arrive at a private, but hiker/biker friendly campground called the Redwood Coast Cabins and RV Park between Arcata and Eureka.

On my way out of the park this morning I spotted my first Elk of the day

He was completely uninterested in the people walking or driving by.

A bit later I hit the coast

And spotted a gaggle of Canadian Geese headed south.

A bit later I came upon the site has had Elk every time I visit, and sure enough, they were there today

I arrived in the tiny town of Trinidad and had lunch on a bench overlooking the small harbor

A bit further down the road I got a great view of Trinidad and Patrick’s Point

In Arcata, an old railroad route and bridge were converted to a bike path and made for a nice way to cross the Mad River and pass through rural farm land.

I also passed by Humboldt State University, my first visit, and it looks like a really nice campus.

I arrived at my campsite destination with plenty of time to do a load of laundry, grab a shower and have dinner.

Tomorrow is a 60+ mile day, but the hills are not so bad and it includes a ride through the “Avenue of the Giants”.

Thanks for reading!

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