May 20th, 2016 (Day 33)
total distance completed: 56.82 km / 35.31 miles
start: Eureka, CA
stop: just south of Orick, CA
ran by: Woodley Island, Indian Island, Arcata, Humbodlt State University, McKinleyville, Clam Beach, Trinidad, Patricks Point, and the Big Lagoon
total distance achieved to date: 1434.83 km / 891.56 miles
We had to navigate our route a little more carefully today. I mistakenly thought we would have more trouble with Dave’s route before we got to San Francisco as most areas were busier and the towns bigger. However, his route proved to be easier as there were a lot of sidewalks for him to run on and a great deal of designated running paths as well; that being said the driving was more stressful for me. Once we passed San Francisco, planning our route got a little bit trickier. There are a lot more direct routes available along the highway, however, when the highway turns into interstate (usually indicated by two lanes in both directions and double lines down the middle) only vehicles and cyclists are allowed; pedestrians are not. In order to make sure we are taking the best route we do two things:
1. map out the route together using Google maps
2. I drive up ahead of Dave in order to see if he in the clear for running the route. If the highway turns into interstate there is usually a scenic route or other road that runs alongside it which is what we end up taking.
Dave recommends that anyone making this journey take the scenic routes whenever possible as we have stumbled upon some cute little towns with interesting history and the views tend to be more spectacular as well.