Gualala to Bodega Beach

A new day, more sunshine and the promise of a substantial breakfast to get us under way, fair play to our host at the Surf Motel, he didn’t lie about the quality or quantity…

Our host at the motel Bill, was a good man and made a great breakfast !

Jennifer and Ed our wine drinking chums from the previous night, thanks guys.
So off we set to Bodega Beach, the route pointed out a couple of climbs but nothing to serious, the weather was good and we only had about 50 miles so we were feeling good.
We started well covering the first 12 miles to Stewarts Point where we stopped for the first coffee of the day, The grocery store was another of those multi purpose shops complete with Deli and Gas station…


Stewart’s Point Grocery Store and Tom at the Deli counter !
More easy miles followed as we headed for Fort Ross, the scenery at this point was less than spectacular and the camera never left my bag !!
Riding into Fort Ross we stopped for coffee and cake knowing that almost immediately after we would be taking on some serious hills !!


Fort Ross store, great donuts !!
Heading out of Fort Ross and onto the first big climb of the day, about 700ft but pretty steep but the view was great although shrouded in mist it made for an impressive sight…


The road up to the first big climb and Naomi and myself at the top.
The descent was great, lots of sweeping bends, good Tarmac and fast speed and then it was like hitting a wall, the road just went up and up, lowest gear, legs straining, heart beating out of your chest, lungs pumping and all the time the weight of bike and kit trying to pull you back down !!
But oh what a moment when you get to the top and see the view and the road falling away from you on the descent….


Again the descent was fast and well deserved, a bit like being on a roller coaster, only your the driver !!
More great scenery followed and fortunately easier roads as we headed for Jenner and the last coffee stop of the day before the final leg to Bedega.


Scenery on Route to Jenner, told you it was good 😉


The coffee shop at Jenner with Tom and Naomi.
We feasted on Clam Chowder, coffee and cake before pushing on to Bodega Beach, more good roads and more of the fantastic scenery led us to..

The hiker biker site was on a sand dune, interesting experience trying to put up at tent on sand but we all managed ok.
The camp was busy that night, about 20 guys and one girl ( Naomi ), the campfire lit and we all swapped stories of how and where we’d come from and where we were going, met up with Serge and Cameron again, great guys with a good sense of humour. We also met a guy called Bob from Washington, we’d see more of him over the next two days.
Some of the guys were going straight to San Francisco on the following day so it was an early night to let them sleep.

Camp at Bodega Beach

From left to right, Cameron, Bob and Serge at Bodega Beach.
More next time
Night night


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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