84k plus either 900 or 1100 metres up depending on whether you believe Marc’s or my Strava!
Foggy departure from Bodega Bay after an unappealing attempt at breakfast from a little coffee place next-door to the Inn we stayed at. (Blueberry scone too sweet for me). Fortified with a banana and hard-boiled egg from the market down the road, we set off.
We emerged into sunshine by the time we hit Valley Ford about 15k down the road and decided to have some scrambled eggs at a café there. That took a lot longer than we anticipated, but we chatted with people at the neighbouring table (the tandem is very much a conversation starter.)
We found more fog as we wound back towards the Bay (I think it’s called Tomales Bay)
Rode out of the fog again, with a snack stop on the edge of a state park overlooking the water, and and then at the 50k mark found the bustling town centre of Point Reyes Station, and got lucky with a cool cafe that served an awesome beet and grains salad. We were waylaid by a couple of older biker dudes who chatted with us for ages about the tandem, where we’d ridden from, and all sorts of stuff (like the fact that one’s wife had gone to University in Eugene when the movie Animal House was filmed :D.. And the other guy related to Marc about his experiences in Australia in the late 60s!)
Onwards and finally onto a great bike path through Samuel P Taylor State Park.. Last chance to ride through some Redwoods.
Finally into Fairfax. Rriding into urban areas now and the Golden Gate Bridge is about 30k from here.
Not so many photos today because of the fog. No more rocks in the ocean, lol! It’s a bit sad to leave that stunning scenery behind, but my legs are saying Thank HEAVENS.
This was the first accommodation place the owner freaked out about the bike going in the room on the carpet! Marc kind of passively aggressively sweet-talked her, and she’d gave us a sheet to put on the floor! – Him: “This is the first place between here and Eugene that had had an issue!”