- 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 25, 2002 ( ~ 47 miles)
The road was excellent in that it was all slightly downhill and scenery was all big redwoods. And quite a few redwood stumps. I was a little suspicious of this area. I think it was one of these "demonstration forests," where lumber companies own the land and cut down all the trees that aren't visible from the road and then create this tiny preserved swatch of land that makes them look responsible.
But anyway, great riding. We ended up on the coast above Elk.
I have never bicycled on the coast north of the bay area, even though it's a really popular route. I was surprised by how many bed and breakfast places there were in these tiny towns, probably catering to rich people from the city. I got a little self-conscious as a bicycle tourist. I think that if I lived in one of these towns that are so dependent on tourism I would probably resent all the tourists trekking through my town. But actually people on the coast were as nice as anywhere we'd been. I was glad though that Day 11 was a Thursday. I had heard that it's hectic trying to bicycle on the coast on the weekends because of the increased traffic.
So the coast is really beautiful. Everyone knows that. We have pictures.
We felt very devious straying from our thrifty camping plan, but we had so much fun. It was only like 3:00, so we had all this time to watch bad television and eat baked goods. Nether Ryan or I have a TV at home, so we are very taken in by it and interactive when we get to watch it. We saw a rerun of "The A-Team" and are still debating whether or not it holds up over time [it doesn't =(].