Saturday's 65 miles with 5000ft climbing explores the Avenue of the Giants, turning west into the Rockefeller Redwoods and the big climb up Panther Gap (2,744'). From there, it is down to Honeydew where eight miles of rollers brings you to the Mattole Camp & Retreat Center.
Sunday's ride of 35 miles and 5000ft climbing (!) goes through Petrolia, down the beach and up the legendary Wall (featuring a 22% grade) of Cape Mendocino. Once over the top, you drop down to Capetown, then up, up, up the Shadow of the Wall. From the top, you'll descend into Ferndale and the Fairgrounds where your gear, a shower and a cold beverage will be waiting for you!
This ride requires strong climbing legs and low gearing. For the sake of your knees, a Compact or Triple is strongly advised.