From August 12th to August 19th we had the privilege of being in the company of 14 Rotarian’s riding their bikes from Crescent City California all the way to Petaluma. The journey would take us over 300 miles and would take 6 days. The dedicated cadre of Rotarian bike riders, as well as those who followed in the SAG wagons had a common goal,”End Polio Now!” The money raised was matched 2:1 by fellow Rotarians, Bill and Melinda Gates. On Days 5&6 other riders joined us and more than 30 rode into the finish line in Petaluma. We proudly share some of the insights of this ride with you in the following videos. We will also include the highlights video that has been posted on the Petaluma Rotary channel.
P4P Pedal For Polio, Day 1, Crescent City to Trinidad, Bike Ride
On Day 1 we rode from Crescent City to Trinidad – great hosts, staff, riders and everyone had a fantastic day with glorious weather. If you’d like to watch us entertain you, check out our video here (minute 13-20 for a polio perspective)
Here we go again on day 2 at lovely Samuel P Taylor State Park – hiking trail, learning about the park’s history and predecessors, plus playing in the beautiful redwoods. While we were fortunate to stay at the park during non-peak days (Sunday and Monday night) at the end of summer when schools were back in session, the park, river and redwoods are always worth admiring.
Time to checkout the super tall, super old redwoods (one hundred million CENTURIES old) in Henry Cowell park. Missed Bigfoot center but our Siberian Husky Kaliki scored water play in the running river. Next up, we will walk over to the Roaring Camp village and hop aboard the steam train.
Do you believe in the Bigfoot? Near Santa Cruz, the Henry Cowell State Park is well known for its soaring redwood trees approaching 300 feet high. So in addition to being located near the Pacific Ocean and sheltered from the sun, this sanctuary makes an ideal getaway for travelers, be it RV, tent or ala-natural. And who knows what you’ll see deep in the forest…