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Portland, OR to Berkeley, CA, via the coast
By Lee Trampleasure - (contact)

Day 13: Russian Gulch to Salt Point State Park: a long day on a beautiful coast

Monday August 2, 2010, 74 miles (119 km) - Total so far: 761 miles (1,225 km)

Yesterday Luke found a wallet and passport by the side of the road. We tried the phone number on the passport, but it was disconnected. A 411 search found the owner listed, so we left him a message that we would be at Russian Gulch park that night. On my ride in the growing twilight, Don called me and we planned on him stopping by in the morning. When I got to camp, Dalton, Casee and Morris were there, but no Luke.

When Don sowed up in the morning, we told him the bad news that Luke was elsewhere, but we'd see him later that day and would mail him the wallet and passport. Turns out Don had just retired in February and is relocating to Costa Rica in December. He had been planning on going down to the Post Office this morning and pay the $200 fee for an expedited passport replacement, so he was glad to not have to go through that hassle. When I heard he had been a drug and alcohol counselor, I asked if he new my friend Sally (also a counselor at times) and, in the small town nature of Mendocino/Fort Bragg, he of course had a connection to her.

When Don left, we described Luke and his bike, and told him to keep an eye out for him. After we rode our obligatory 2.5 mile to coffee/pastries, we found Luke at a bakery/cafe in Mendocino. Don had found him on road and everyone is happy:-)

Today was a good tail-wind kind of day. Not consistent, but much more tail than head.

Rode by the cabin just north of Anchor Bay where we spent a few summer weeks as kids. Uncle Dave and Aunt Margie and their two girls stayed with us. The girls were from Margie's previous marriage, and this the few years where we had local cousins. I have fond memories of going to Napa (where they lived) for Thanksgiving and other family get togethers. Dave and Margie split after not too many years (I think Dave was a hard person to live with), but that was a nice few years.

I rode some with Morris, Casee, and Dalton and some on my own. We had decided to strive for 74 miles to Salt Point State Park, and we ended up riding the last several miles in together. I had thought they were ahead of me, but was surprised to see them catch up with me from behind. They had stopped at the chapel at Sea Ranch, and enjoyed some music with a few folks there. At one point I said "Photo time," and we all got off our bikes for a photo shoot as the sun was lowering in the sky.

The hiker/biker site here is different: there's a large grass field in the middle, with campsites sprinkled in the bushes around it.

We shared a campfire with a couple guys from New York, out exploring the US on their summer vacation. The have been riding since Arcata; previous to that they had been hiking and busing around.

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Looking northward: The road on the left is probably the road I rode on 33 years ago, the road on the right is the current road.

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Just north of Anchor Bay: The house we used to rent when I was young lies behind these trees.

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My trusty steed in the evening light.

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7:00, 70+ miles, can you see the happy faces on the cyclists?


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