Saturday, September 23, 2017
After we said goodbye to our cycling friends, we cleaned up at the Inn in Sebastopol and got ready for our final adventure. Miss P and I are alike, in that we want to explore as much as we can when we are on holiday. Our destination -- Bodega Head in Bodega Bay.
Our last ride today began in Petaluma at its creamery. I had a taste of one of the ice creams. Very nice.
Oh boy, this was epic. So, for today's ride, we were doing the Biggie -- King Ride, starting from Monte Rio, a 55 mile ride.
The Boyfriend has done it a few times. He said it was hard but he thought I could do it. The weather can be all over the map. Luckily we had sunshine. It was a bit chilly. Well, our group split early in the ride, with one group going the wrong way and my group (all 3 of us) going the right way. As mentioned earlier, our route sheets were not exactly spot on. We stopped to ask some bridge workers and a fireman at the firestation for directions. And thanks to them, we headed the right way. Unfortunately for Miss P and the others, they wasted time and energy going the wrong way. They eventually got on the right track.
After our ride, some of us went to Fog Crest Winery for a tasting. Those women are not part of our tour.
Ah, today was a great ride for taking in a lot of scenery. But first, before we set out, I discovered I had a flat tire! Oh no. Luckily it was the front tire. Ed helped me. He volunteers with Good Karma Bikes and Turning Wheels for Kids. He's a sweetie. We became fast friends discovering we had a lot in common. The first part of today's ride involved a climb and I got ahead of a few people but that was short lived. We also got rained on. What a way to begin today! Here we are in charming Occidental stopping for a coffee break. Miss P bought a dress at a store nearby.
For our first ride, we started at 11am to allow for everyone to get to Sebastopol. After introductions in the parking lot, we set off for a 46 mile ride. I forgot to mention that like yesterday, we had pretty strong winds. It wasn't a particularly interesting ride but I enjoyed the lovely bike trails. It was a good first ride getting to know one another. As is typical, I was the slowest and would remain in the back of the pack for most of the trip.
Patrick Amiot and Brigitte Laurent.
Miss P. and I are here in Sebastopol for an ACTC cycling adventure hosted by club members who moved to PennGrove after retiring last year. How cool is that for them to organize this trip!
The Boyfriend isn't coming along because he's in Australia.
Coffee Catz where I had great coffee and a bran muffin each morning during our trip. Lovely place. The local ice cream place Screamin' Mimi's also served a super Americano.
Copperfield's Bookstore. We found the local community market at the developing Barlow. They have purple potatoes, my favorite!
Sole Desire. Exploring Sebastopol was fun. We learned that Sebastopol was known as the “Gravenstein Apple Capital of the World." Learn more from the Western Sonoma County Historical Society. We also took a stroll at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Preserve but we didn't see much; we think we weren't on the right trail. Still, we learned about its history.