- Our Route
- Day 1 - San Francisco to Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
- Day 2 - Bothe-Napa Valley State Park to Williams
- Day 3 - Williams to Woodson Bridge Recreation Area
- Day 4 - Woodson Bridge Recreation Area to Manton
- Day 5 - Manton and Red Bluff
- Day 6 - Manton and Mt. Lassen
- Day 7 - Manton to Black Butte Lake
- Day 8 - Black Butte Lake to Letts Lake
- Day 9 - Letts Lake to Upper Lake
- Day 10 - Upper Lake to Hendy Woods State Park
- Day 11 - Hendy Woods State Park to Point Arena
- Day 12 - Point Arena to Bodega Bay
- Day 13 - Bodega Bay to San Francisco
April 15, 2002 ( ~ 50 miles)
My favorite picture from this day is Ryan standing outside his apartment. He is so excited! We took a bunch of photos on the dock too while we waited for the ferry. Our bikes got all wet on the ride to Vallejo, which I did not like at all because I am always concerned that my seat will be ruined by rain or whatever. Ryan took it better because his seat is not comfortable to begin with. More about this later.
After riding about 20 minutes, I was already hungry so we stopped and ate some of the millions of pastries we brought from our bakery. This was perhaps the first indication that we were not in top form.
We rode to Napa via the busy highway 29. It's kind of a crappy road, but I was happy to ride it because I once found a screwdriver on the side of that road and if I find something somewhere, I always think the location will yield other treasures. Not so on Day One, but whatever.
Napa is pretty small and so it is surprising that we got so lost in it. We went several miles out of our way and ultimately had to ask directions to the Silverado Trail Road. This is a nice road, but I have to say that I liked it better when I was in shape. It was a beautiful day, but there was a naggy little headwind and I started to get irritated with all the pretentious little wineries that so wish they were European. And in the spring there's no grapes to eat. Still, we were very happy to be underway.
All of this eating and slow riding took a long time and by the time we were almost to our campground it was around 3:00. We were only a couple miles away but I sat down and told Ryan I needed a snack. This was the first time we admitted to each other that we were out of shape. Ryan also admitted that his butt was sore.
Our campground, Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, was excellent. It was probably the best one of the trip. We saw a wild turkey there, acting kind of tame.
Food cheered him up considerably, and then he found some unburned firewood and burned it. Ryan loves fire!
We then took showers and went to sleep.