Day 60 – Lake Mendocino to Laytonville, CA

Miles biked – 45

Approx total miles biked – 2998

Days until party in Seattle -14

10/29/2009  This was a  funny riding day.  It started out with the somewhat absurd goal of riding 106 miles to Humboldt State Park, about 80 miles out of Eureka.  If we could ride that far, we knew we’d make it to Eureka on the 30th and be able to take Halloween off from riding.    We ate a quick camp breakfast and decided to stop for coffee and second breakfast at the next town.  However, just as we were turning on to 101 and starting our way north we ran into Tracy’s friend Ryan!  We hadn’t seen him since Denver, and in the time it took us to bike west, he’d driven up to Seattle and spent some time there before making his way back down.  He was on his way to San Francisco that day.  Its amazing how much faster you can get to things by car!

Right after saying goodbye to Ryan we found ourselves in our lowest gears going a little over 5 miles an hour and we quickly realized that there was no way that we were making it 106 miles.  When we finally arrived Willits, second breakfast ended up being pancakes for lunch.  Our legs were already feeling it from 15 miles of climbing but we still had high hopes of at least making it to Standish-Hickey State Park, only another 60 miles.  It wasn’t as far as Humboldt but at least we’d get to sleep under the Redwoods.

The next town up was Laytonville, where we arrived at about 3pm.  We’d done a total of 45miles.  Not sure exactly what our next plan of action was, we had a pint at the local pub to discuss.  This is never the way to get things done- but always seems like a good idea at the time:)  The closest campground was about 26 miles away, which, at the rate we were going, would just barely be doable by sundown.  If we grabbed some food at the grocery store, we could pedal on and try to make it.  Nut, we weren’t feeling. Instead, we had another pint, played some pinball, and checked in to the cheapest motel.   This was not the wisest decision for making it to Eureka the next day, as it left us with 120 miles to bike, but it was kind of like when you eat cereal for dinner in college: no one was telling us we couldn’t so we just did it.

There were two bonuses to this decision.  We were able to do laundry AND Tracy made contact with her friend Rose in Ukiah who was on her way to our motel with homemade chili and wine (from the winery she works for) for dinner.  I couldn’t say for sure why we just stopped in the middle of the day, but I had a feeling that the twig wanted to make that little reunion happen.

Lake Mendo to Laytonville - meeting up with Rhino

Lake Mendo to Laytonville - meeting up with Rhino

PInball vs. Riding

PInball vs. Riding


 
 
 

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