Day 32 – Thursday,
July 19, 2001
CA – Lafayette, CA
12.51 Average Speed
6:08:32 ride time
2087.79 Total Trek
Today would conclude the second and longest leg of the trip,
sandwiched between a day of rest in Victoria, B.C. and a four-day
weekend in Lafayette, CA. The
day broke with heavy fog and by the time of our departure the air
still hung heavy around us. The
ride was mostly costal, except for a 20-mile jaunt inland littered
with rolling brown hills. Our excitement helped us up the hills as little
as excitement can. Each
ascent was rewarded with a winding decent amid eucalyptus and pine
and redwood. We met the coast again at Stinson Beach.
After that, grueling hills awaited
us for the next 20 miles until we dropped down into Sausalito and
over the Golden Gate Bridge. We
met up with our friend Tony on one of the “grueling hills” and he
rode with us back into San Francisco.
He was our first real contact with our familiar home of the
Bay Area. It was great to see him.
The wind over the Bridge was incredible. It was blowing strongly into the Bay and made
the riding a bit more difficult.
It was a beautiful sight though, in spite of the persistent
Navigating through the city at rush hour certainly got our
adrenaline going, so when we finally got to the BART station and
we calmed down we got very tired and hungry.
Dan talked us on to the train (bikes aren’t really allowed
during commute hours) and then we were home free.
The Garff’s had an amazing dinner waiting for us and Lynn
and Gary Anderson came too. It
was a wonderful reunion where we were able to rest and catch up
and just not ride for a while.