Cycling Day 34 – Mendocino to Gualala
Having decided on leaving the route to cycle the Napa Valley we set our sights on the awesomely named Gualala. This was another longish ride, particularly after we’d climbed over Leggett the previous day, but we were both feeling surprisingly fresh and this fitted best with Napa. We were on the road by ten and I was armed with a new rear tyre.
The replacement (Specialised Infinty Sport 1.75) wasn’t like for like but I was keen to get it replaced to avoid any further roadside delays. My initial impressions were ok but I was happier after I added extra air to take it up to 85psi.
Compared to previous days we didn’t expect any big climbs en route but we soon realised that it wasn’t going to be a particularly easy day. The route followed the coastline closely so it was pretty undulating and had some short steep ascents. The early morning fog had also cleared up to so it was pretty hot too (28c).
Sam had polished off some sneaky trail mix (nuts, raisins etc) before setting off so he wasn’t very hungry as we reached Elk. However, my stomach was growling so we stopped at a pretty decent cafe (forget the name but there’s only one I think). As I tucked in the fog came in and the beautiful coastline views disappeared.
We climbed up and down coastal headlands for a while and arrived in Point Arena early afternoon. We found a good coffee shop and made use of their ‘limited free wifi’ to update the blog. Trying to find decent Internet has been a pain all trip. We also stumbled across this amusing prank stapled to a telephone pole outside the coffee shop. Well we assume it’s a prank 🙂
The fog cleared as we continued along the 1 highway all the way to Gualala. We were rewarded with some amazing views along the way.
On arriving at Gualala we were pretty happy to see signs for a bbq. We loaded our devices as well as our stomachs.
We took a few beers back to the hiker biker section at Gualala Point Regional Park. We ended up having a drink and a good chinwag with a fellow hiker whilst we fought off raccoons. The raccoons were pretty brazen, even trying to sneak into tents as we talked. A racoon had a go at Sams dry bag overnight but came up empty. Our neighbour wasn’t so lucky, she had to get out of her tent to scare them off in the middle of the night.