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!