I left Eureka on an overcast day which held promise of rain. My helmet, that usually dangled along my rear rack was stolen at the grocery store at the gas station. Anyhow I wore my bush hat and cycled on. I reached Fortuna at 2 pm and the mild drizzle turned into a torrential downpour. I waited to see if it would stop for more than an hour,  but it was relentless. Eventually I cycled on but had to stop after an hour as I was totally wet and take refuge in a coastal bus that was headed to the small settlement of Redcrest.  The bus was filled with passengers and I barely got a place to sit. The bike was loaded at the back of the bus quite nicely and we reached Redcrest in an hour or so. I was right to have taken the bus as it visibility was very poor and the intensity of the rain had increased.

As I camped at Redcrest for the night I looked forward to better weather and the opportunity to explore the redwood forests the following day!

Dhruv Bogra was born in 1968 in Shimla. His father was an officer in the Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army and he grew up amidst the structured life of the cantonment. The turning point in his childhood came when he was sent to Sherwood College in Nainital for a few years. The boarding school life ignited Dhruv’s love for the mountains and nature. Subsequently he completed schooling from The Army Public School in Delhi and graduated with History Honors from the University of Delhi and is an alumni of the International Management Institute, New Delhi. Dhruv is an adventure and endurance cyclist who had cycled extensively in the Indian Himalayas and Western Ghats on his mountain bike before he embarked on an epic, solo and unsupported 15,000 km cycling journey from Deadhorse in Alaska to Cusco in Peru from June 2016 to August 2017. In doing so, he became the first Indian citizen to cycle solo and unsupported from Deadhorse in Alaska to Panama in Central America. Dhruv has spent the last 30 years working at leading multinationals and large Indian corporates. He has held many senior leadership roles in the retail industry in companies such as Titan Industries, Bestseller Retail and Adidas. He is currently the Country Manager for the fashion brand ‘Forever New’ in India. ‘Grit, Gravel and Gear’ is his maiden book. Subsequently, he has written a second book on his Himalayan adventures on a bicycle – called ‘Away’. Dhruv wrote Away in 40 days during the intial Lockdown in India to inspire people to embrace the outdoors and nature.

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