Russian Gulch to Gualala

Acts of random kindness, twice on today’s ride we experienced this, read on and all will be revealed πŸ˜‰
As I said in my last post Russian Gulch is at the bottom of a steep hill which means that the day started with a hard climb, it did provide the first of the days photos though…


First photo is Route 1 over Russian Gulch
Second photo is the beach at Russian Gulch
Having recovered from the first climb of the day we set of for Gualala and a motel, we had already decided that this was our plan due to needing Wi Fi and a comfy bed, today’s ride is 53 miles along the coast road or Shoreline Highway, the sun is shining and we feel good. The scenery is as usual, stunning…

Yep more great scenery πŸ˜‰
The first town was through Mendocino, very pretty place but to early for coffee and cake so here are a few photos to show you..



Both photos are of Mendocino.
Although there were no huge hills on today’s ride there were plenty of small, steep hills to keep you on your toes, also according to the guide book one of the steepest on the coast, fortunately also quite short…

If you look closely you can see Tom climbing the hill !!
Well as usual all this exercise makes you hungry and thirsty so where’s the cafe, the town of Elk was next up and as we stopped outside the first cafe we met Serge and Cameron, both from Montreal and cycling from Vancouver to San Francisco. They’d also stopped for coffee but we were to be disappointed as the cafe was shut…

Serge and Cameron outside the naughty cafe, fancy being shut !!!!
After a brief chat with a local we were pointed in the direction of Queenies Roadside Cafe..

Outside Queenies.

Queenies was a popular place, a full cafe and at least seven of them were cyclists, two of them were a couple of girls on road bikes. I’d had a brief chat outside and while ordering Naomi had a chat as well, explaining what we were doing, they seemed interested but we though no more about it so imagine our surprise when we went to pay the bill only to be told they’d picked up the bill and left without even saying so, just wished us happy travels as they left. Restores your faith doesn’t it πŸ˜‰

We dogged Serge and Cameron for the rest of the day and as the hills and miles passed we quickly gained on Gualala and the motel πŸ˜‰

Free Wi Fi, cooked breakfast and a comfy bed, to a travelling cyclist this is paradise πŸ˜‰
After checking in we were introduced to a couple that Tom had been talking to in the carpark, they invited us all to join them for a few glasses of wine, thanks to Jennifer and Ed from Chico in California for the days second act of kindness πŸ˜‰
The motel is not only a good price and has Wi Fi etc but also has stunning views…


Well here I am back from the local pizza joint after a few beers and a good pizza writing my latest blog, this brings me and you up to date so I’m heading of to bed, no doubt I’ll dream of breakfast as I seem to have food on the brain at the moment πŸ˜‰
About 120 miles to San Francisco, more hills, more food, beer, scenery and who’s knows more acts of random kindness !!


About John Chevis

I'm a forty something single guy who spent far to long depressed, but luckily for me I found an answer in the form of exercise !! I started running and cycling on a regular basis and now two and a half years later I'm cycling the world !!
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One Response to Russian Gulch to Gualala

  1. Jude says:

    It just shows you that there are still some good people. The scenery looks stunning. I love the tan lines. πŸ™‚ x

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