Crater Lake 2

Crater Lake
I followed the Smith River inland toward Grants Pass, where I met the Rogue. The ride to Crater Lake is a gradual climb. Envision a massive stratovolcano like Mt. Hood or Fuji, with a huge cindercone. As you approach the volcano, you’ll start to climb a steepening slope of lava rock, pumice, ash, tuff, and ...

Volcano

Volcano
I just wanted to share a couple photos from today…

Toward the Cascades

Toward the Cascades
I camped out in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park for a few days. This campground has an area off to the side, away from the RV crowd, for hikers and bicyclists. There are individual sites with Siskiyou Stoves, which are rock ovens that were built by the CC’s in the 30’s. It’s possible I got ...

Nine Days Later

Nine Days Later
After nine days, I left the forest. The deciding factor was that my phone stopped communicating from the ridge where I got reception. I confirmed it would work a couple of days ahead of time, and when last Wednesday came, suddenly the service cut off. Meanwhile, I’d left a notice with someone of my location ...

One Week in Isolation

I arrived at the end of the logging road around sundown, Wednesday, April 22nd. Three years has elapsed since I first found this nice spot in the woods. As before, today there has been some recent activity, and that’s good to see. During a continuous 30 day period in May / June of 2012, two ...

Proof of Life 1

Everything is going very smoothly. Today was the first whole day of clear weather, from dawn til dusk. It was downright hot. I baked in the sun while cleaning and maintaining camp, then took a long hot shower. At some point today, while listening to the radio, an astrologer told me all about my life. ...

Attempting a long stint in the woods 2

Attempting a long stint in the woods
Back in 2012 I hiked from central Oregon to the coast and down to the border with California. After some trips on foot, I was managing 2 weeks between re-supply just with what I carried. I got curious, so I packed as much as I could, and went 30 days between a resupply. This is ...

Repair, Rear Rack

Repair, Rear Rack
Shortly after beginning my route through The Lost Coast, I noticed my rear rack rubbing on the tire. This probably happened as a result of metal fatigue, the rack is very light weight. The fix was instantly apparent, I should simply splint the fracture with a couple of hose clamps. As an added bonus, while ...

Erik’s First Nature Video 1

Tom, thank you for your hospitality and help. You’ve given me the tools I need to succeed. Also, editing video is FUN! Holy smokes. I think we hit on a great idea of having an extra couple of memory cards for video only, to be edited and voiced over in the future, when I can ...

Redwoods – Ferndale North 2

Redwoods - Ferndale North
Ferndale is a lovely little town to arrive at after a stint in the Lost Coast.  I did all my cleaning… laundry, showers, and rested in a quiet park campground. Once underway, I realized this was the first flat paved riding I’d encountered so far.  Humboldt Bay Area is marvelously flat.  I rode and rode, ...

Mounting a bottle carrier on the downtube

Mounting a bottle carrier on the downtube
I started putting together a plan for mounting my cooking fuel on the bicycle frame.  There are a few products on the market which somehow strap on to the tubing and hold a bottle carrier in place. My cooking stove is able to burn gasoline as easily as white gas, so I fueled up at ...

Lost Coast by Bike, Part 3

Lost Coast by Bike, Part 3
The sky broke open.  Hot, blinding light saturated the earth, which began to geyser with steaming water that had come down with the winter storm’s drenching. My batteries were all used up, and I raced around to gather solar power, heat water for a bath, and assemble my touring bike so I could get the ...

Lost Coast by Bike, Part 2

Lost Coast by Bike, Part 2
Usal campground is merely 10 miles from the paved road of Highway 1.  After spending six nights at this campground and after finishing nearly all of my food, I set off on Usal Road toward Shelter Cove. Should I ride back to Fort Bragg, since the time of year is so early, go around and ...

Lost Coast by Bike, Part 1 3

Lost Coast by Bike, Part 1
Fort Bragg to Usal Beach I came away from Fort Bragg with a pretty strong sense that my bike could handle mountain roads.  It’s heavy, 100lbs sometimes, but it is faster than hiking, if you compare carrying 81 lbs with a backpack that weighs 6. Whenever possible, I rode the bike.  Sometimes I walked along ...

Departure from the norm 1

Departure from the norm
After about one week of riding north from San Francisco, I developed an extreme pain in my right knee.  Of course, this probably goes back to a snowmobiling injury at around the age of 14 that I never told anyone about. After studying the problems bicycle riders encounter with their knees, I made some changes.  ...