Santa Rosa To Eureka

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 152015
 

Once again we woke up at 7:30 yesterday morning, and to all of those who keep telling me “It’s a beautiful morning” and “The early bird gets the worm,” hush up. When I’m on my regular night owl schedule, I don’t tell people “It’s a beautiful night” or “The late owl gets the mouse.”


We left the fairgrounds in Santa Rosa and headed north on U.S. Highway 101. If we hold to the schedule we have now, we’ll pretty much be on this road at least through the middle of September as we explore the Oregon coast.

Every time I see hills like this I think this is one of the reasons California is called the Golden State.

Golden Hills small

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Sonoma County is wine country and we passed so many vineyards that I lost count.

Vinyard small

Terry likes taking pictures of old barns and we’ve seen a bunch of them in our travels around the country.

Old Barn small

In some areas Highway 101 was divided four lane and in others it was two lanes and narrow.

Highway 101 small

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This isn’t a road to drive fast on. There were lots of sharp curves along the way.

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Oh, did I mention the bridges? We crossed several, both open spans and metal framed like this and I didn’t snivel once. I’m saving that for when we get further north.

US 101 bridge small

We were amazed at how blue the water was in the rivers along the way.

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Sunday in the summer means plenty of traffic. We saw a lot of cars, RVs, and motorcycles all day long.

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Willits, California is a nice little town that bills itself as the Gateway to the Redwoods.

Willits sign small

As we entered the dense redwood forest we slowed down even more. It’s not uncommon to see RV and truck mirrors alongside the road in this area and I didn’t want to add mine to the collection.

Tight redwoods 2

218 miles after we left Santa Rosa we arrived at the Elks lodge in Eureka. Our friend Nancy Kissack is here in her Phaeton motorhome and she came out to greet us with hugs. It’s always nice to see a familiar smiling face at the end of a day on the road.


The lodge has 24 back in full hookup RV sites with 30/50 amp electric. The sites are close together and it was busy, but we managed to get one at the end of a row, so we’ve only got a neighbor on one side. There are some places in this area we want to check out before we move on, so we’ll be here a couple of days before we continue on into Oregon.

Eureka Elks small

Congratulations, Rich Aigner, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Big Lake Blizzard, the fourth book in my Big Lake mystery series. We had 136 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon!

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  6 Responses to “Santa Rosa To Eureka”

  1. Thank you, I never thought I’d ever win a drawing, after I’d STERNLY admonished you about wearing a hat at the table. I guess the drawing is really random. Thanks again. Now I have to navigate the instructions to claim the book.

  2. I once read
    If the early bird gets the worm it doesn’t say much for the early worm.

  3. Be sure to checkout the Samoa Cookhouse. Friends took me there when I visited the redwoods years and years ago. it was a fine meal…served family style: http://www.samoacookhouse.net/

  4. I’d be happy to introduce you to the breeding sea birds of Bird/Goat Island if you come through Brookings on Thurs-Sun. I’m on duty from 8:30-1:00 at the day use area at Harris Beach State Park.

  5. Nick, is the vibration issue under load cured?

  6. Yes it is Mike

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