- 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 19, 2002 (0 relaxing miles)
Day 5 was our first full day in Manton and was basically devoted to resting and maintaining our equipment. Ryan's almost whole clan was coming up for the weekend, but this was still only Friday and they wouldn't arrive till the evening.
What we needed so desperately in Redding was chain lube. I hadn't even thought of bringing some from home, I don't know why. It's totally ridiculous to take a 700 mile trip and not need chain lube. The whole arduous ride up to Manton was even harder because my chain was totally squeaking. I can't tell you how irritating it is for my beautiful trusty bike to be suddenly turned into a jalopy of a bike because it's all squeaky. Also, Ryan really wanted to get photographic-specific lens cleaning equipment [uh, a simple blower blush, like one Amy borrowed and then lost!] to clean his fancy camera. I was like, "Use your shirt." But that was not acceptable.
The people at Walmart sent us first to Big 5 (no bike stuff whatsoever) and then to a real bike store. The guy there was a big bike geek and we talked chain lube and local riding for a while. Ryan was kind of agitated though, so we left in search of his camera needs. I hadn't realized how important this anal little item was to him. As soon as we found it at a Long's Drugs, he was instantly more relaxed.
When we got back from Manton a lot of the day was spent doing laundry and adjusting and lubing our bikes. Ryan also went through his panniers and left a lot of the superfluous stuff he brought with his mom. I helped him with this task as I had been keeping a list of things I thought he shouldn't have brought. He appreciated this very much.