I let Aran loose on the keyboard this evening:
This morning was a little colder than yesterday, so I piled on the thin woolen Ibex layers, including a hat, thinking I would remove my jacket in an hour or two. About one and a half minutes later I was trying to remove a jacket, a jersey and my hat while still riding. We did a steady 5 miles on the 101 before turning onto ‘Shoreline Highway’, better known as the beginning of Highway One.
This road was a dream come true. We started by climbing 5 or 6 miles of smooth, swooping bends in the shade, followed by a decent that was fast and never straight. Me and Sam flew along beside each other giggling the whole way down. The second climb was a little shorter but my legs were starting to adopt that ‘day two’ feeling and my speed shifted slowly from gliding into grinding.
After some more descending and a few more shorter climbs I suddenly left the cover of the forest and and found Sam waiting for me in the sun with the ocean a few hundred feet below him. My legs didn’t feel too bad from the previous 50 miles but I really needed some sugar! About 20 minutes later I found myself uncontrollably veering across the road towards a gas station, where I spent 2 dollars on a second wind in the form of chocolate. Over the next 15 miles I gained more and more energy as we got closer to Fort Bragg. After sprinting up a few hills we ended today’s ride cruising along a clifftop trail as the sun set.
We have some truly unique lodging this evening! We are at the famous Living Light Inn, a beautiful old arts and crafts house that was converted into an Inn back in the forties. We are staying in the “Well Being” room. This place has a great feel and can’t wait to tuck into bed.
Another big day down the coast to Gualala tomorrow.