• Brian Rawson

Frolicking Elk - U.S. 360 Day 52 from Arcata CA to Klamath CA

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

60 miles – Total so far: 2676 miles

Today was one of those days on a bike when you just hunker down, stick out your bottom jaw a bit further, and tough it out. The rain forecast in Northern California was 100%, and the forecast was spot-on. I left Arcata CA promptly at 7am in a downpour, and arrived in Klamath CA at 2:30pm in the same downpour. The rains never let up, nor did I.

Under the circumstances, I wasn’t wholly in the mood for sight-seeing, but I was reminded later in the day why even in the most difficult meteorological circumstances, there can be surprising beauty. As I entered Redwoods National Park, and after seeing a number of signs warning drivers of an abundant elk population, I noticed something large moving in a marshy field adjacent to where I was riding. Upon further inspection, I saw what was a large male Roosevelt elk (the largest subspecies of elk in North America), along with a smaller female elk, rolling around and splashing on the saturated ground. They were like two elementary children who hadn’t seen rain in months, leaping around and playing in the deluge. An incredible sight after a long and tough day on the bike, and just what I needed to get me through the last ten miles or so.

The only town I passed through on the way to Klamath was Orick CA, and besides the elk, wildlife was sparse today because of the torrential rains. I’m staying at the Klamath River Campground, a beautiful place overlooking the river, mountains, and Redwoods. It appears I’m the only camper out here, other than Bigfoot. Sweet dreams.

It’s All Good.

Photo of the Day: A gorgeous campsite on the Klamath River.

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