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Day 14: Manchester, CA to Bodega Bay, CA
October 17, 2009, 1:24 am
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I know that I have been saying it this whole trip, but today’s ride was UNREAL!!!  I will let the photos speak for themselves below.

The crew separated from the start, so Steiner and I teamed up to spin out the soreness of the long 90-mile pedal the day before.  Neither one of us expected the beautiful ride in front of us.  It was top notch and by far the most amazing rides I have ever been on.  We pedaled about 20 miles on Route 1 from Manchester to Anchor Bay, where we fueled up on some double shots of Espresso at a quaint little coffee shop.  We continued on down the road along the curvy coastal road.  Mellow climbs and fast downs.  Such an amazing way to see this area of California.

By far the highlight of the day was the climb up through the clouds to a section of Route 1 that seemed like a postcard, better yet reality. Again, see the photos below.  The pictures speak for themselves. All the reasons as to why I am doing this ride wouldn’t leave my head while I was pedaling above the cloud layer.  It was surreal.

After the “above cloud experience” we headed down one of the best descents of the trip yet…extremely fast windy roads, switchbacks…the whole 9 yards.

The day ended in Bodega Bay, about a 70 mile ride for the day. The perfect recovery ride from the heavy pedal the day before.  Tonight we are staying at the Bodega Bay Dunes State Park right on the Pacific Ocean.  Not a bad way to spend the evening…listening to the waves crash and free sea air is good for the soul.

Tomorrow comes San Francisco!  Stay tuned…

Max



Day 13: Leggett, CA to Manchester, CA
October 17, 2009, 12:41 am
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After a brutal day of pedaling in the rain, mother nature parted the skies and blessed us with some sun for the biggest day of our trip (so far).  The day started off from our cabin in Leggett, CA sounded by huge Redwoods and the damp forest air from the storm the day before.  A short, 6-mile mellow climb up the 101 would bring us to the Route 1 junction where we would turn and venture onto Route 1 and bid farewell to the 101.

Route 1 was going to show itself as being some of the hardest climbs we have experienced so far on the trip (maybe the whole trip). A 2000 foot vertical climb in the first 4 miles was a real great way to get the blood flowing, but beyond rewarding when we reached the summit and had a 6-8 mile downhill section through the forest.

A second climb of 1200 feet would come right after and then would descend down to the Pacific Coast once again.  The coast was extremely foggy and windy, south wind of course.  After all the climbing we endured in the beginning of the ride, we are graced with a decent headwind for 20-plus miles to Fort Bragg.  For the first time in the trip, I felt like I was going to “bonk.”  For those out there reading this blog who know what I am talking about, you have some sympathy for me.

The 20-mile push along to foggy coast to Fort Bragg was grueling, but we all made it to meet the truck for some lunch and replenishing of liquids and ClifBars, ProBars, Bloks, etc.  After a short lunch we decided to pedal on to Manchester.  Upon departure from Fort Bragg, we all thought our second half of the trip would be approximately 20 miles.  When I am wrong, I usually admit it, and this time, WE WERE WRONG.

The road was gorgeous, with lots of turns, short up and down hills, scenic views, etc.  Pep and I kept pushing on (so did the crew), and kept praying (and cursing) hoping the camp ground would be around the “next corner”, but when the odometer starts coming close to 90 miles, one wishes they could just fall over and sleep under the nearest bush.

From what we thought was going to be a 75-85 mile day, ended up being a 90 mile day with way more elevation gain and climbing than anticipated. We survived to pedal another day, and we will tomorrow from Manchester to Bodega Bay, CA.

Keep reading!

Max



Day 12: Redcrest, CA to Leggett, CA
October 15, 2009, 10:41 am
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California…sun, beaches, babes, warm weather…one would think.

Today was an excellent display of our commitment to this ride, and to make some ground on the road regardless of the weather.  What was forecasted as a party cloudy day, ended up being a 4 hour push through the pouring rain.  To our advantage, the storm is a southern disturbance, which brings warm temperatures and wind.

The mileage of the day was only around 60 miles, but with the weather is was more than enough….not to mention riding in the rain in Bigfoot country is extremely hazardous.

Highlights of the day were at a minimal, but included; Steiner getting two flat tires, max getting one flat tire (in a torrential downpour of course), socializing with some hitchhiking hobos under a bridge, riding road bikes on dirt roads, and did I mention pedaling in the rain?!?!?

The destination of the day placed us in Leggett, CA at a nice little resort tucked in the Redwoods, where we would dry off our soaked cycling clothes and relax for the big 80-mile day ahead of us to Manchester Bay.

Onward…

Max



Day 11: Down Day in Redcrest/Eureka
October 15, 2009, 1:09 am
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Ahhhhhh…the first down day of the trip.  We definitely needed the time to let our bodies recover from the past 10 days of cycling, nearly pushing 720 miles!

A relaxed afternoon in Eureka would be our pedaling escape for the day.  Coffee, a walk through the local mall, magazines at Borders, a quick stop at the laundromat, a great Thai food dinner, and a viewing of Quentin Taratino’s new film. “Inglorious Bastards (a must see!) was the duration of the wet, rainy day.

Tomorrow we are hitting the road from Redcrest to Leggett rain or shine!  Let’s pray for shine.

Max



Day 10: Trinidad, CA to Redcrest, CA
October 15, 2009, 1:02 am
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According to all internet weather sites, an enormous storm is predicted to slam the west coast, right where we are pedaling. So all that was on our minds was to get to our lodging at Redcrest Resort before the skies opened up with heavy rain and wind.

Today was a supposed to be a mellow 60 mile day, but with some technical issues and a decent headwind, the trip was not the easy pedal that we were expecting.  From Trinidad to Eureka there was a 35 mile ride on a border-lined interstate section of the 101….definitely was not the best riding we have experienced.  The key to the day was drafting through the wind.  It was a huge energy saver.

After a quick stop in Eureka at a local bike shop, where we re-met our Canadian friend, Andy, and got some supplies, we made our final push to Redcrest.  Again, drafting was crucial, especially with the south winds from the storm coming in.  We arrived in Redcrest around 3pm, just beating the stormy, wet weather and rented a cabin to lodge ourselves for two wet evenings.  Redcrest is an interesting town.  It has a vacated for 3 years General Store, a small restaurant, a post office, a couple porta-potties, a tree you can walk through, a Redwood treehouse, and a place to rent cabins, camping areas, and rooms…and it will be home from the next 2 days.  This is going to be an experience…

Wish us some luck through the storm! We are going to enjoy our first down day of the trip!

Max



Day 9: Crescent City to Trinidad, CA
October 12, 2009, 10:06 am
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Crescent City to Trinidad, CA

After spending a relaxing night in Crescent City at Pep’s brother’s house, we hit the road to Trinidad.  The morning was cold and foggy and right off from the start we had the largest, and steepest climb of the ride to this point (oh there will be another in a few days….excellent!).

The climb brought us up into the California Redwood Forest, which was surreal.  If you ever want to feel like a tiny speck on this planet, go stand next to a Redwood tree.  It will give you perspective as to how small we actually are.

We took a side, more scenic route, through the national forest where the roadways were lined with miles and miles of these enormous giants.  See the video and photos below.

We crossed paths with a Canadian biker from Whistler, Canada, who was also in route to San Diego. We got into a good pedal ton with him and worked the wonders of drafting through the wind for about 20 miles to Tinidad.

Upon arrival in Trinidad we realized how good our accommodations would be for the night; a nice cabin with room for everyone, and…..a HOTTUB!  Oh man, are we beyond stoked.

Tomorrow we are off 60 miles to Redcrest to wait out the insane tropical storm headed our direction.  Wish us some luck.  Looks like we are looking at some down time…



Charity Ride Friend, JT Holmes, on 60 Minutes Tonight!
October 11, 2009, 12:45 pm
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JT Holmes featured on 60 Minutes TONIGHT!

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