Day One – Getting There

We left Grass Valley at 7:30am.  We headed down Hwy. 20 toward Marysville.  Cathy’s dad told us about a shortcut through rice fields that took us just short of Oroville. A real time-saver even with having to stop for a train.

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At Chico, we headed northeast toward the foothills and then made our way to Lassen National Park.  Here are some pictures we took while going through Lassen:

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East side of Lassen…

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West side of Lassen…

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We stopped for lunch in Aden. Here’s Tom soaking up some sun waiting for his burger.

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We then headed northwest and went through Lava Bed National Monument. Unless you are a rock hound or a spelunker, it’s not all that exciting. Lots of black rock and sagebrush.

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We took Stateline Road toward Ashland. It was a beautiful ride; through farms fields and then up in the hills where it was winding and smooth. It afforded us great views of Mt. Shasta.

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There were lots of barns which always makes Cathy happy. We’ll only post one of several barn shots taken today…

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We rolled in to Ashland at about 6:30pm. A long day in the saddle.  It is supposed to rain for the next three days so our itinerary may change. Stay tuned!

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1 thought on “Day One – Getting There

  1. nchioch@sbcglobal.net June 25, 2013 — 3:18 pm

    Nice pictures and I liked the barn picture. (I guess I had to say that for Kathy’s benefit!) FYI, the Lava Bed Lands were over the major North American volcanic hot spot several million years ago. There is a trail of basalt heading east northeast all the way to Yellowstone Nat’l Park.

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