Giant gingers

Trip Start Jul 23, 2013
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Trip End May 18, 2014


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Monday, September 16, 2013

No not some abnormally large relatives but treeeeeeees bigger than you can imagine! We slogged it up four big hills the highest one being 1,200 feet to then glide through 7 miles of redwood trees some of which are 2 thousand years old. It truly is magic especially on the bikes it's just the right pace to take them in. Went for a hike too with Fletcher and Megan who we keep bumping into and see even more amazing trees. Too big even for Ben to hug!
Feel a bit sad as we are only 50 miles away from Eureka where we plan to sell the bikes and trailer before making our way to Arizona. It's been a really challenging but rewarding three weeks: we've cycled 700miles with low performance bikes, camped every night in a new place nearly every day, washed our own clothes and made all our own food apart from one portion of chips ;) hardcore!! Along the way though we have laughed a lot, revelled in the thrill of trying something new and being able to do it as well as improve at it, been disciplined with our equipment and ourselves and learnt to go without and still be happy (most of the time). We've met some inspirational people, one road worker was so friendly and generous he gave us his apple from his own lunch box! We've made new friends as well as learning a bit more about each other. I'd give cycle touring two thumbs up and Ben and fran's bodge version three thumbs for added comedy value.

* redwoods sequest more carbon the larger they grow (unlike most trees) unfortunately only 4% remains. Being some of the largest living organisms on the planet they grow over 300 ft tall and up to 20 ft wide! They are impervious to pests due to tannins in their wood and because of the lack of resin and thick fibrebark they are fire resistant! Most of their water in the summer is gathered through thick fog that comes in shore from the mixing of the southern warm upwards currants and Alaskan melt water.
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king prof on

Hi Fran and Ben - CONGRATULATIONS! Love the blog. Glad to hear you are keeping safe. Eat more!! J & C

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