It’s 11:30 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, and I’m sitting at a little diner off Route 263 in the Northern California town of Yreka. I’m taking a break from my massive circumnavigation of North America, a trip which will eventually encompass both coasts and some 10,000 miles of cycling. I’ve already been “in the saddle” for nearly four hours hours today. At dawn I started in Ashland, Oregon, and I’ve got roughly another five before I reach my destination in Mt. Shasta, California. Yesterday I rode from Grant’s Pass, Oregon to Ashland, what I would consider an easy day of 55 miles with only minimal elevation gain.