An eight-night mountain-bike camping trip in Henry Coe State Park, August 26-September 3, 2007, starting from, and ending at, home in downtown San José. I enter and exit the park via Park Headquarters at the end of Dunne Avenue outside Morgan Hill. The loop route within Henry Coe State Park from Park Headquarters has stops at Mississippi Lake, Jackrabbit Lake, Pacheco Camp and China Hole.
It will turn out that I don't see anybody for five days in the middle of the trip.
Quite unintentionally, this trip has a theme song: Testament by VNV Nation, from a recently purchased CD that I played often during the weeks before the trip. Its chorus line and catchy tune, cycling over and over in my head during the trip, somehow seemed fitting:
We conquer paradise just to burn it to the ground
We build a future to honour pasts we've left behind
We bring destruction, we bring war without an end
And then we hope that tomorrow never comes
Day 1: Downtown San José to Henry Coe State Park13 photos
Day 2: Sierra View camp to Mississippi Lake24 photos
Day 3: A short day hike from Mississippi Lake to Bear Spring20 photos
Day 4: Mississippi Lake to Jackrabbit Lake30 photos
Day 5: A short day hike from Jackrabbit Lake to Paradise Lake and back.27 photos
Day 6: Jackrabbit Lake to Pacheco Camp23 photos
Day 7: A short day hike from Pacheco Camp up Pacheco Creek, then returning via Pacheco Ridge; about six miles round-trip.26 photos
Day 8: Ride from Pacheco Camp to China Hole31 photos
Day 9: China Hole to Park Headquarters, followed by the ride home to downtown San José22 photos