August 24th – Gardens, Dunes, and Douchebags

Kids get up really early, and they suck at controlling the volume of their voice, so we got up really early, too. I was only annoyed until I made it out of the tent, and was reminded what a beautiful part of the country I was in. We fixed breakfast, took a walk around the campground, and then returned to pack everything up. Have I mentioned I love the forest? Continue reading

August 23rd – Finally into Oregon

We had the bike back, and it was running well, but there was still no way we could reasonably expect it to survive the trip back to Austin without further repairs, given how frequently it had broken down so far. It was a difficult decision, but we decided to try to sell the bike in Portland, which we were still determined to make it to. After that, we’d just fly home. Of course, plane tickets are much cheaper if you buy them a bit ahead of time, so we sunk most of the rest of our money into plane tickets home from Portland on the 8th of September, and put an ad up on portland.craigslist for the bike. Continue reading

August 22nd – What is Home?

The new alternator belt was due to arrive at the bike shop today, which meant I should get the bike back either late today or tomorrow. Despite how amazingly gorgeous the wilderness around here is, we hadn’t really made time to go properly hiking yet. Sure, we’d spent arguably most of our time walking around, as the town is small enough that you can reasonably walk everywhere in it. Walking around in town is really no substitute for nature walks though, so we decided to dedicate our last day here to giving the redwoods a proper walk. Continue reading

August 20th and 21st – Humboldt Fog

If I’m being totally honest, the order of events of our remaining few days in Arcata are a little blurry to me as I sit and try to recall them. I was really, really stoned the whole time I was in Arcata. Rather than try, and likely fail, to form a coherent narrative, I’ll just try to convey a bit of the heart and soul of Arcata, and why it’s one of my favorite places on earth. Continue reading

August 19th – Emotions Ran High

Dan was trying to be in Eugene in a couple days, and his ride share attempts had fallen through, so he was meeting up a girl he met on craigslist to go try to hitchhike up there together. Accordingly, he was out of the house really early. He seemed like a really interesting guy, and I wish I’d thought to get the URL for his blog, or at least his couchsurfing.org info. Continue reading

August 18th – One Good Turn Deserves Another

I was vaguely aware of Allen leaving early in the morning, but mostly I noticed he was gone when we woke up much later. We smoked some bowls and spliffs with Kobe while we brewed and drank our coffee. We were kind of low on food, so breakfast ended up being a fried egg on a buttered corn tortilla. Not bad, but a little odd. A few more bowls, and I was ready to go drop off the key at the shop. Continue reading

August 17th – Arcata is a Hard Town to Leave

I woke up rested, and excited to get back on the road, though still a little apprehensive about the electrical situation with the bike. Nothing to be done about it now, though. We ate breakfast, and began to pack the bike, earning the usual laugh of admiration at how much shit we can pack on one bike. We thanked Leah profusely for letting two strangers stay with her on such short notice, and set out on the road once more. Continue reading