93.4km out of 1756km
After a storm you tend to appreciate the sunshine a lot more and today there were many good things to appreciate and make this day one of the best.
The storm was going hard all night long, but by the morning the sun was out and the sky was blue. We all woke up, cleaned up our mess, said goodbye to Katey and left the church relatively early, as we were all looking forward for the day ahead of us.
On the road we got separated, some people went for a second breakfast, I went to look for some maps in the tourist office. I got some supplies for lunch and continued south. The route today was exceptional. Half of it was right by a monochromatic coast due to the residual mist from the storm.
The rest of it was riding within the giants of Red Woods. Right after leaving the coast, there was a long climb. At the top I caught up with the rest of the cyclists. Garry and Liz were still having breakfast, but Ben, Emily, Megan, Matt, Mike, Sara, Hanna and Torii were all there. The last three are writing on the blazing butts blog. We had lunch and went down the slope. The descent within the hoods was just magical. We were surrounded by 100 meter tall trees, some of which 1500 years old. Trees, leaves and tarmac were steaming as the sun beams were penetrating the thick forest canopy, hitting the wet ground, adding a mystical element to the ride, together with a fresh smell.
The weather conditions were just perfect with 20c degrees, a nice sunshine and a touch of tail wind. You can’t ask for more when cycling and that made it possible to cover a long distance without much effort. We went through a couple of small hippie towns, had some ice cream and continued south.
By 5pm we had covered 90km and decided to call it a day as we were approaching one of the State Parks of the area, Patric Point. At the hikers-bikers section of the campground, we met a few more people that were hit by the storm. This guy had abandoned all his camping stuff there trying to find shelter. These two other guys were hiking in the area and camped right by a creak. They woke up and the water had covered half their tent. We set tents at and immediately went on a short trail to the sea front. What an amazing view, with the massive oceanic waves crashing on the two monoliths right in front of us.
After dinner we went back down there to experience the spectacle under the bright star lit sky.
What a day!