August 15, 2007 5, 2007; 70 Miles 4000 ft of climbing planned and completed.
The day started out just plain dangerous. While you never want this to happen on a long ride, it is particularly perilous on the last day when your concentration can be off somewhat as you begin to think about tomorrow, the day you will not be getting on a bike! About the only good thing I can say about the morning is that it certainly kept my concentration up.
The fog was so thick I missed the turnoff to breakfast (despite a big red neon sign saying “cappuccino” which we had actually scouted out the evening before). More troubling was a piece of road kill which was difficult to see and which Genny and I happily both missed. It was big enough that a hit (and subsequent fall) would likely have sent the unfortunate biker to the hospital.
In the midst of this, (and to begin the last day feel) my friend Rich Preston coming up to meet us, passed me along the route (he was going to go up to Bodega Bay to have breakfast then drive back and meet us for the remainder of the day).
As we got through the morning fog into the sun, today happily fell into the last day, lighthearted emotional pattern for me. Actually, I never understood it, but the same is true on the Tour de France where most of the time, the leader usually does not get challenged on the last day (enthusiasts may remember seeing
We stopped at the Bovine Bakery for a pastry. For those who have ever driven across country on US 80 or 90 (I can’t remember which), the Bovine Bakery at Pt. Reyes Station has been the Wall Drug of this trip. When driving across country from the east, one begins to see signs in
I listened to
The most significant problem with the Bovine Bakery is that it lives in a cell phone hole where no one’s phone worked. It must have been 10-20 miles before our phones worked again. My wife
Frankly, I had not put two and two together, not recalling the Palace of the Legion of Honor, but recognized it immediately when we arrived from field trip, in, I think the 6th Grade (though I have been there in the last five years). It was a great and very picturesque ending spot. So we took pictures.
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