Straight from our wedding in Lake Tahoe, we headed north for a 1-week road trip to see a spectacular part of the country.
- Westwood, CA & Lassen Volcanic National Park
- Klamath Falls, OR & Crater Lake National Park
- Ashland, OR & Cascade Siskiyou National Monument
Westwood, CA & Lassen Volcanic National Park
We stayed in a cabin in Westwood, by Lake Almanor a few hours north of Tahoe with my dad for the first leg of our trip.
|Westwood itself didn't have much going on; its claim to fame is a|
giant Paul Bunyan statue.
|After a "recovery" bike ride that turned too long due to a bridge repair and|
included some pretty narrow shoulders with logging trucks, we planned an off-road
ride for the next day.
From Susanville, we rode up forest service roads deep into the hills, forming a loop where we saw only a few other people all day but rode in great areas.
From Westwood, we drove up toward Lassen Volcanic National Park. We stopped on the way to do an out-and-back gravel/road ride to a remote Park entrance. After a nice lunch and a chat with a local book club in Chester (discussing Trevor Noah's "Born a Crime", which we're listening to on audiobook while driving now), we continued on our way to the main visitor's center.
It turned out that the main road through the park was closed to through traffic because of deep snow, however 7 miles were open to bikes (only), and temperatures were in the 70s-80s. Best-case scenario for visiting a National Park, in my opinion! We rode to the end, awed by the sulfur springs and abundant snow.
|Open to bikes!|
|The end of the road|
Klamath Falls, OR & Crater Lake National Park
We continued on north to Klamath Falls, a nice town in southern Oregon. From Klamath, we took a day trip up to Crater Lake National Park, about 1 hour drive north. Like Lassen, much of the road was closed to cars but open to bikes and hikers. We did a short ride as far as the road was open, locked up the bikes, and hiked down Cleetwood Cove, the only location along the whole lake where people can go in the water! My dad and I jumped off the rock into the snow-melt water, while Zack laughed and stayed warm. Despite the snow, the temperatures were in the 80s, with bright sun, so we didn't stay cold long.
The final day in Klamath Falls, we relaxed by a park, drank coffee in a café, and did a bit of work in another café. The coffee was excellent; not normally much one to discern different coffee types, I found it good enough to buy a bag of beans. From Klamath, we parted ways with my dad, who would drive back to Wyoming while we turned west to Ashland.
Ashland is very cute and hip. It has something like 50 organic coffee roasters, and enough expensive bakeries to be dangerous for Zack and me. The town is surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, and full of outdoorsy people biking, hiking, and rafting/kayaking the rivers. It reminds me a lot of Jackson, and a bit of the wine country towns in Sonoma Valley.
Our first stop in Ashland, before continuing on to the small organic farm airbnb where we would room, was Mix Bakeshop to get earl grey-chocolate chip ice cream. We went back here a few times, since their coffee and pastries were also excellent.
Saturday, we did a long beautiful road ride that started with a long climb up into the mountains where the air was (thankfully) cooler. The roads were small and low-traffic, and all were paved. My legs felt great after a couple of easy/rest days, and I made Zack suffer a bit. We spent the afternoon eating fancy organic food and lounging by a reservoir – really lovely area.
Our last big ride was Sunday, up Mount Ashland. We rode up fire roads, 5500 feet over ~15 miles to the summit. From there, Zack rolled down the paved road on his gravel bike, while I tried out the world-class mountain biking trails down the mountain; the trails I did were reasonably within my expertise level, though I am becoming a bit curious about how nice a full-suspension bike might feel descending. The trails toward the bottom of the mountain have this incredible banking/berms, making the switchback turns really fun even while I still hold my brakes and get passed by more fearless descenders!
|Top of Mt Ashland|
After one more recovery ride and 3 more bakery/ice cream/smoothie stops, we drove back to Millbrae to get back to work for a few more weeks.
Our next adventure is moving to Pittsburgh at the beginning of August! Also, let us know if you have any recommendations/ideas for a honeymoon this winter in Patagonia area.