Swimming hole in Standish-Hickey state park

We cycled from Garberville to Standish-Hickey state park yesterday. Some highlights for me, were the wonderful little convenience store/organic snackbar that is The Peg House. It’s directly across the street from the park. The other highlight, and this is probably one of the biggest highlights of the trip so far, is swimming in the cold, swimming hole in the Eel River at Standish-Hickey. It was beautiful, refreshing, peaceful and any other superlative I can think of.

We had ridden along the Eel for 4 days and constantly, wanted to get in, but didn’t make time, or see just the right spot. This spot had a nice, calm, deep pool, with burbling, white water filtering into it, cliffs surrounding it, and lush foilage around it. The hike to the swimming hole was only .3 miles, but fairly straight uphill. What a great day!

Today, we left Standish-Hickey, headed for Leggett. This is supposed to be the highest peak of the cycling route down the coast of California, so it is with some dread that many cyclists approach it. There is also a lot of build-up about the dangerous roads. Here’s the scoop folks: Don’t sweat it. It’s beautifully graded, so the cycling is very manageable. Wear high-viz clothing, and just don’t hog the road. Wear a mirror, so you can see when a wide vehicle is coming, and just get off the road, even if it’s just a bit, when you sense that the approaching vehicle isn’t going to ‘give’. What a great ride. There is a 750 foot climb after Leggett also. It isn’t that obvious on the profile maps, so just prepare yourself for both climbs. Once you reach the coast again, there are quite a few small climbs, but they can be a little steep, so it’s a dayfull of climbs. Take plenty of fluids. there aren’t many places to stop for them along the way. Enjoy.

Cycle what you can. Walk what you must!

Go make your own breeze and remember: if you’re not having fun; you’re in the wrong gear.


About rivercityweaves

I'm a mom, wife and fiber artist, living in rural Virginia. On days I'm not creating fiber art or teaching others how to, I'm probably saddle surfing on my Bianchi, or laughing with friends.
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