- 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 20, 2002 (0 relaxing miles)
What happened was that Ryan's sister Jill's boyfriend Nick's Jeep had gotten a flat. The tires on this Jeep are giant, so it was a huge pain dealing with the flat and they didn't get in till 1:00am. So we all had war stories to tell about getting up to Manton.
We woke up at 6:00am, which had become our habit on the trip, and woke everyone else up too. We had another huge and delicious breakfast and then we all drove up to Mount Lassen. We passed a single woman cyclist going up the difficult road to Lassen Park. She was one of the few other cyclists we saw before going over to the coast.
We went as far as we could before the roads weren't plowed anymore and then we got out to play in the snow. Ryan's people are the nicest, sweetest family you'll meet, but they must have a hidden evil side because they are the fiercest, dirtiest snowball fighters I have ever encountered. I was shocked. They'll resort to all kinds of low blows. At one point I was sitting by a pretty creek that we hiked to, peacefully looking for fish, and they through snowballs in the water to splash me. What kind of snowball fight etiquette is that? Appalling.
After lunch we went to a swimming hole that a local teenager had showed Jill and Nick and Sarah on a previous trip. It was neat, partly because there was a deer skeleton at the bottom of it. Then we went to a different part of the same creek to look for a cave that we had wanted to see. Me and Sarah whimped out early because we were afraid of getting poison oak, which was all over the place. The others soon joined us and we watched Nick through big rocks in the creek.
Later we played a whole lot of wiffle ball.
We had a big birthday dinner for Jill and myself, even though my birthday was kind of a while ago. Jill and Mary made me this cool needlepoint, or maybe cross-stitch picture, which is very intricate and took them a long time to do. Lloyd framed it for me.
Then Ryan and I packed up and went to sleep cause we wanted to get an early start.