My experience at the Palm Motel Restaurant was like being at Cheers. The counter dude noticed me ride in last night so he quickly began to regal me with tales of his cycling exploits. I soon learned that he had lost his driver’s license due to three DUIs.

In between his stories he sold me on the special which was home style fried chicken with mashed taters and terrific gravy. The place had lot of character or I should say a lot of characters–bikers, fishermen , students and some carpenters. And the the meal was truly a treat as it included a dish of vanilla ice cream with TWO sauces!

Today was a long ride–82 miles. Along the way I passed a herd of elk near an area called “Big Lagoon”– tis true! Also passed through numerous towns most notably Eureka which has a wonderful old town. I could not resist taking pictures of two prominent houses that stood out in Eureka.

The day wrapped with a ride along the “Avenue of the Giants”. I have never seen so many Redwood.

Tonight I am staying in a cabin in Redcrest–cuz this area is too remote for motels. The diner was a hoot. The place is supposed to close at 5:30. However, the owner won’t close if a hungry face shows up at her door.

While i waited for my patty melt
she asked me I had seen any elk today. The she shared that she had lost four cars to collisions with elk and deer. Apparently one can purchase animal related collision insurance — who knew?

Soon more folks appeared from no where for a meal. Last time I looked it was nearly 6:30 — guess the place truly stays open past the stated losing time.

Tomorrow I will take on the Leggett climb–I hear it’s a whopper.






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4 Responses to Eureka!

  1. Karen Peterson says:

    Great photos. Elk insurance…who knew. Redwoods are incredible. Houses are full of character. Clever no parking sign. Wonderful to ride along with you, Tom. Keep the stories coming…be safe…strong and enjoy!

    • tourdetom says:

      Karen, It has been quite a trip to date–glad to hear your lunches are still going strong.

      I hear you see moving to Arizona in the winter. Good for you!!

      Take care! Tom

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. Julie Hunt says:

    Great pics! Glad to hear and see you are doing well and enjoying your tour.

    • tourdetom says:

      Heard you were in the Bay Area last weekend — I should roll in this coming Friday.

      Glad you and my spouse are getting in some healthy walks!

      Sent from my iPhone

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