Saturday, August 8, 2015

Stage 8: Fort Bragg to Gaulala

Some days are more memorable than others. Some days you want to just get on the bike and go fast and go far. Some days you want to mix it up a bit and ride in a pack with other riders.

Well today was not one of those days. It was a day to remember your camera and take every opportunity to enjoy the views and take all the photos that your camera memory will allow. As you can see in the photos below, the day started off kinda blah and overcast, but the conditions improved throughout the day with the clouds lifting so that we could enjoy the breathtaking coast. The cliffs plunging to the the ocean, the waves crashing on the rocks. Oh it's all you can wish for on a trip like this. But don't think that the riding is easy on the coast. It's up and down and up and down as you drop down to a river bed then climbing back up. Though not as tough as the Sweetwater climb, it still had many steep ascents throughout the day. Along the way, we pulled into Queenies Roadside Cafe in the town of Elk at about 25 miles into the ride, where I had coffee and a scone.

Lunch was at Manchester State Park, about 38 miles,  where we ate near the beach within view of a lighthouse. Upon leaving lunch, it was decided to head out the Point Arena lighthouse, only 2 1/2 miles out of our way.

By the time we were leaving the lighthouse, a very nice strong tailwind from the Northwest had developed and pushed us along very nicely.

It would be great if all days could be like today.

Happy Biking,