"Although short, this very scenic ride is strenuous. Highway 1 hugs the rugged coastline, dropping in and then climbing out of the many narrow canyons that cut the steep cliffs. Some sections of the road are without shoulders. Traffic is generally light, except on midsummer weekends. Although this is a short ride, you can easily devote an entire day to exploring this section of the coast. The day starts with a ride through Fort Bragg, a lumber town whose main attraction is the Skunk Railroad. The not-so-charming name of “Skunk” was derived from the smell of the original engines, which have been replaced with a less pungent variety. The train travels east through farmlands and redwood country to end at the town of Willits. Also in Fort Bragg are a large logging museum, a tree nursery, and Noyo Harbor, which is the largest working harbor between Eureka and San Francisco. During the Fourth of July weekend, the harbor is home of the world’s largest salmon barbecue. A few miles south, at Jughandle State Reserve, you can study a half-million years of the earth’s history by walking a nature trail up an ecological staircase with five distinct terraces, each about 100 feet higher and 100,000 years older than the last."