Horizon Organic Farm
We left Patrick's Point this morning on our way to Eureka to stay with Roxanne's cousin Laurel and her son Fisher, and take a day off. We slept in and had an easy morning. We hiked down to the water to see a group of seals sun bathing on the rocks at the bottom of the cliff. It was so cold you could see the seals breath! It made them seem human-like, which was funny. Our first stop of the ride was a gas station in Trinidad to make a couple of phone calls home. Derek noticed a sign for $1 tacos, so I ventured in. Expecting some frozen, microwave tacos, I was delighted to find homemade tacos from a restaurant called the Aztec Grill inside the station. It was so good I had to get two more, of course. We sat down to eat and saw a couple of fishermen with their waterproof overalls folded down. I knew we were in a neat, small town when I saw this. It felt like I was going back in time, even though I was eating Mexican food in a gas station… After riding though countless farms, riding over an old train bridge and passing a bunch of baby cows, we saw a Horizon Organic Farm. It was cool to see a far that supplies a company that I sometimes buy milk from. It seemed like a good place to me, which makes me feel good about buying organic foods when I can. Once we hit Arcata, we coincidentally passed the local co-op. Our friend Larry, from New Jersey, told us that the deli was supposed to be good. Guess what, it was! After lunch, we stopped at three bike shops. My rear wheel had broken five spokes at this point which unfortunately meant I needed a new rear wheel. I finally found one at the third shop and got all fixed up. We were on our way to Laurel's in Eureka, but not before Derek ran over his second nail! We were warmly greeted by Laurel and Fisher and their dog Raley and their five chickens. They live in an awesome, brown shingled house with a kick-butt tree house built by Laurel's dad, Billy (famous for his elaborate tree house-like house and school bus house). Fisher warmed up to Derek and I instantly and was ready to play! After a great dinner with our new family, we played with Fisher all night (he LOVES cars!). It was a welcomed change from setting up the tent, eating dinner and crashing. After watching some cheesy cooking shows on late night TV, Derek and I went to bed, on actual beds. Feels nice after camping night after night. I think we are going to fit in just fine here. I am excited for our rest day tomorrow!