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DH20 (Non Feature DH)
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Distance:

41.4 mi / 66.6 km

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At a Glance
Legendary Jedediah Strong Smith was certainly not your typical frontiersman, given that he didn't drink, smoke or use profanity, never boasted and exhibited the open faith of an NFL wide receiver. Seems JS wouldn't match the profile of today’s average rider either. But with his sense of adventure and predilection for leather, you can see him Riding for the Son on this route along the middle branch of the last wild river system in California. Jed’d particularly like the early tight stuff among the majestic redwood Scenery but he'd also enjoy slicing through the less impressive, but still dense, forest all the way to O'Brien in Oregon. The road does have some straight four-lane stretches, yet when the Twistiness strikes, it hits as hard as a grizzly. Combine these curves with the buckskin-smooth Pavement and excellent Engineering and even Jedediah might show some uncharacteristic exuberance. Certainly, as an early seeker of Remoteness, he would be displeased with the ungodly traffic that can clog what's become a major trail to and from the I-5 at Grants Pass, OR. He just wouldn't be cussin’ at it. Yet, despite his probity, Smith was still well respected by his more ribald colleagues. He was always invited to the annual Mountain Man Rendezvous – a kind of Wild West precursor to show-and-shines. In fact, his 1832 eulogy could easily apply to this DH: "One whom none could approach without respect, and whom none could know without esteem."
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