Pacific Coast Sierra Cascades Bike Trip Day 19 – Up and Down Along the Coast

On the road at 6:30. I passed by Fort Ross, a reconstructed Russian fur trading fort. Lots of ups and downs along the coast with expansive views. On one especially high cliff, I could see the bottom of the ocean through the clear water. At Jenner, I bought an ice cream bar to propel me to Bodega Bay and breakfast number 2. More ups and downs until Hwy 1 turned inland to cross Bodega Head. I gobbled a breakfast burrito and coffee at a grocery store in Bodega Bay gazing at the scene captured in Hitchcock’s film The Birds. More ups and downs for two miles along Bodega Bay until the highway turned inland to the east. Dry country, bright sun, lots ups and downs through cattle pastures. I hoped to eat at the Tomales Bakery but it was closed. Onward to Marshall and lunch at on oyster bar. My lunch fare included tortillas and PB. Well fed, I biked along the eastern side of elongated Tomales Bay for 9 miles of ups and downs, some quite steep. I abandoned  Hwy 1 in favor of the Adventure Cycling Association map: Pt. Reyes - Petaluma Road then Platform Bridge Road for 5 miles then on the delightful  Cross Marin Trail (paved) for 4 miles thru redwood forest. I checked into Samuel P. Taylor State Park hiker-biker camp. With 4 other bikers. Oddly, the water in the Park was turned off due to a leak. I begged water from the Park staff. Old-growth redwoods shaded the camp site. Wonderful! 66 miles today.

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