Yesterday we moved away from the coast and into redwood country. We rode 30 miles on the Avenue of the Giants which was spectacular, with lots of small trails going through massive Groves. The history of redwood forest preservation in California started more than 100 years ago, as a Redwoods were being aggressively logged for railroad ties and other uses. I guess it was one of the first examples of successful conservation programs. Now the biggest threat is fire; I just read that 20% of all redwoods in the world have been killed in the last two years due to fire.
Tomorrow we head back to the coast, where I think we will stay for the remainder of the trip.