Miles Today: 74
Miles to Date: 7,477
States to Date: 24
The world is immense. I am traveling across a part of California I never even knew existed. It is gorgeous, it is challenging, and it is really, really big!
Today I passed through a series of valleys, at least six, surrounded by mountains, which, of course, needed to be scaled. Each valley was higher than the last, so climbs up exceeded descents. The largest, Eagle Lake Valley, was above 5,000 feet in elevation. All of that climbing finally culminated in a four-mile white-knuckle descent into Susanville. All my hard pedaling evaporated into my brakes!
I treated myself to a delicious meal at the local Mexican place. An $8.25 pork Chile burrito plate in Susanville beats any Mexican entree in New England.
The woods are delightful.
Some of the valleys appear to be former lakes.
Mount Shasta will not go away; barely visible over 100 miles away.
I ate lunch under a shady pinion with beautiful sagebrush nearby.
Eagle Lake is a fragment of what it was. My first evidence of California’s water troubles.