79.6km out of 2164km so far
They say the pack moves as slow as the slowest member. That was the case with all five of us this morning, but that was ok as we stopped at Denny’s for a $4 breakfast with pancakes, eggs and other fried goods.
After all these calories I was feeling strong for a long ride, even though I knew we wouldn’t get that far, starting the day almost at noon. First short stop was at Mendocino, a very nice little town by the water.
We’ve gone through many road constructions along the way. There is usually a man with a sign regulating the traffic through the single lane road. Today there was a rather long section of construction, so there was a pilot car leading the traffic through the roadwork. They chose to put us right in front of all the other cars. I felt special!
We picked up some food supplies and headed to one of the many public accessible beaches to have our lunch stop. The beach was almost empty.
The rest of the route took us through some breathtaking scenery right by the cliffs. At times we were cycling right next to them and the view of the drop on my side was adding to the whole excitement of the ride. The weather was just perfect, with a constant sunshine, but not that warm to get hot on the bike. All these together with a mild tailwind, created the perfect conditions for cycling.
By that time we had lost Garry and Liz. It started getting darker, so we decided to call it a day at Manchester, at a very basic campground without showers. The location was nice though, close enough to the beach, but well protected behind the trees.