Cal-i-forn-ia lo-ve, duh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh, duh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh! I have been singing that Tupac song a lot lately. After stopping at McDonalds again for breakfast (still not sure why we go there for anything but shakes) we headed to the Golden State with Justin. Justin is from Vancouver, Canada and is a heck of a guy (he is riding from Vancouver to San Diego!). It is nice riding with other people for long periods of time, which we ended up doing today. On our way to the border, I got a little confused with the map and we ended up taking a "scenic detour," AKA got lost, and turned back. Eight miles later we were back on track and almost to the border. And then, all of a sudden, there it was - the sign! We made it all the way to sunny California, which it actually was. As soon as we crossed the border, and told the guards that we had no fruit, we were free to roam the countryside. Although it was probably gradually getting warmer as we were going south, it seemed automatically warmer and brighter in California. We were riding through a lot of farmland which was pleasantly scenic. We stumbled upon a herd of cows and stopped to watch. They were just as interested in us as we were them. As we left, we noticed that they started to follow us. We stopped and went again. They stopped and went again. It was hilarious and one of those things that made my day that much better. They were even running after us, which made us feel pretty special! After more farmland and winding roads, we hit a coastal road again. The wind going out to the ocean was intense. We even thought about going an alternate route to get through Crescent City. I am so glad we didn't! Once we hit the coast it was just breathtaking. The ocean was blue as blue can be, the waves were crashing and the rock formations were more dramatic than ever. Postcard-worthy! Outside of Crescent City we saw our first Redwoods billboard advertising the Trees of Mystery. I was really excited, as I am most looking forward to seeing the Redwoods. I knew we were close. Before I knew it, we had begun the climb into the Redwoods. The Crescent City hill is billed to be one of the toughest climbs of the trip, and it was! It was a steep, narrow, winding shoulder-less climb up into the Redwoods. Seeing the first Redwood of the trip made the climb worth it! They are so overwhelming it's insane. I had ample amount of time during the climb to take in the wonderful views. Directly at the top of the climb was our campground, sort of. We turned left towards the campground and saw a sign that said "Campground 2.5 mies." Not too bad until we noticed the steepest descent of our trip. It was 2.5 miles straight down to the campsite, which is fun, until you realize you are going to have to ride up it in the morning! UGHHH. We made the best of it and reached our highest speeds of the trip yet, 36 MPH. The campsite was great, right in the middle of the Redwoods. There was a trail that circled the campground that took us through the forest. One bummer about California is that they charge you to take showers. And they are timed! Oregon has free, as-long-as-you-want-showers, which are one of the best parts of the night. Oh well, saving water is good I suppose. Wish me luck on tomorrow's climb out of here.