UPDATE, 22 October 2008

David and Chiva are taking a break from the Tour de Dog but are sure to plan another ride in the near future. A sincere thank you to all of you who helped David and Chiva in countless ways. The Tour de Dog would not be possible without your support. THANK YOU!

View a Photo Documentary of Tour de Dog by Jason Houge

Tour de Dog is past states: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ontario, and New York.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Ready to get lost on the Lost Coast

As my body takes a needed day off in Arcata, California, I am finalizing my plans to bike to and to hike the Lost Coast. Here is a brief descrption of what lies ahead:

"California's Lost Coast certainly qualifies as a dramatic landscape. It stretches roughly 80 miles along a rugged, lightly traveled coast, backed by a dozen peaks rising more than 2000 feet, crowned by the 4,087-foot hulk of Kings Peak. Two dozen year-round streams cascade down deep, steep-walled canyons in a landscape so rugged the highway builders just shook their heads and went elsewhere. Of the four roads that reach this wild coast, two are one-lane dirt and all are twisting and steep. Yes, dramatic fits as does remote."

"Hanging precipitously on the edge of California, the Lost Coast is like a chaste beauty living in an ivory tower. Despite its eye-popping splendor, the inaccessibility of the land locks it into virtual isolation. When Highway 101 turns inward at Legget, it takes with it the majority of auto-propelled tourists. Only the most intrepid of travelers, the ones who can handle not having a major highway or city anywhere nearby, make it to the isolated shores of the Lost Coast. Because of this, the area is ideal for cycling. The secluded backroads that make up this ride range from dense, dark redwood groves to a jagged coastline of black-sand beaches stretching out to meet the Pacific Ocean."

One thing is for certain: my legs are about to work harder than ever before. I am excited and ready! Tonight I will post an interactive map detailing my plans. I will also include stories and pictures from the Gold Beach, OR, to Arcata, CA, leg.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Dave,

Thought you were hiding out in the hills or something. Glad to read your blogs again. I'm sure you are enjoying better weather for a change. Be sure to take lots of pictures.