The Great Pacific Coast Escape

Day 18: Just another simple day
(Stillwater SP to Samuel Taylor SP in Bodega Bay)

date: Thursday August 22, 2002
daily miles: 75 miles (121 km)
total miles: 1,346 miles (2,166 km)

I woke up this morning to peacocks running through the campground. Very tame. Three males. A couple of females and two young'uns. They would walk right up to you looking for food -- nothing scared them at all. Unfortunately this will probably be the cause of their demise someday.

Fog and construction yet again -- best way to describe the road today. I would get warmed up and then stop at the next construction zone and freeze while you wait until it opens to let me through. Oh well... what can you do???

Decided to head into the Samuel Taylor State Park campground, as it was part of the Adventure Cycle maps that Steve from Georgia was carrying. Nice little place -- quiet and lots of cedar trees. I found this awesome campsite where I barely squeezed my tent and bike into. Free hot showers to boot!!

Two sets of people in camp that I talked with. One was an older gentleman who loves bicycling and sneaks out of San Francisco on a regular basic on short touring stints. You just have to love his spirit of adventure! Group two is a set of British teachers -- they took the year off and have cycled in China, Turkey, New Zealand, Tibet, and now in the United States -- ultimately going south to Belize. When their trip is over and they return home... my big question is this?? After a trip like that -- can you really return to your old life???

Finally got a few minutes finally of Internet access today. Checked e-mails -- way too many!!! Checked the stock symbols I used to watch religiously – it was truly a bad habit that I once had. Today when I looked, I didn't feel like I had missed anything. Hopefully this bad habit can remain broken!!

Tomorrow I cross the Golden Gate Bridge and ride through San Francisco. Another milestone in this trip will be completed.

Mark

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The Great Pacific Coast Escape
Introduction time
Two weeks before - Welcome to "BOB"
One week before - Panic time!
The trip begins! (Bellevue, WA to Sequim)
Awesome sights to be seen (Sequim to Sapho)
The longest day (Sapho to Ocean Shores)
Casual cruise to pavement pain (Ocean Shores to Raymond)
I survived the bridge!! (Raymond to Ft. Stevens, Oregon)
I talked with a real bicycle tourist! (Ft. Stevens to Cape Lookout)
Hills, hills and more hills (Cape Overlook to Newport)
It was slow going today (Newport to Florence)
Kickback, relax and just surf (at Honeyman Camp in Florence)
Time to escape the convention (Florence to Bandon)
Sputter, misfire, detour... and a new direction (Bandon to Brookings)
Please turn off the fog machine!! (Brookings to Prairie Creek Redwoods, California)
Keeping it simple (Prairie Creek Redwoods to KOA in Arcata)
Enter the 'Avenue of the Giants' (KOA in Arcata to Weott)
Running on empty (Weott to Leggett)
Back to the Pacific Ocean (Leggett to Van Damme SP at Mendocino)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Van Damme SP to Stillwater SP)
Just another simple day (Stillwater SP to Samuel Taylor SP in Bodega Bay)
What were you expecting -- Baywatch??? (Samuel Taylor SP to Half Moon Bay SP)
There actually is sunshine in California (Half Moon Bay to Sunset Beach in Watsonville)
Sleeping in late means a late start huh? (Sunset Beach SP to Pfeiffer-Big Sur SP)
Riding above the clouds (Pfeiffer-Big Sur SP to San Simeon SP
The ranger told me that I probably wouldn't want to camp here (San Simeon SP to Oceana SP)
I see cracks!! (Oceana SP to El Capitan SP near Goleta)
Are we there yet? (El Capitan SP to Leo Carillo SP near Malibu)
The “City of Angels” in one day (Leo Carillo SP to Doheny SP at Dana Point)
The end has arrived (Dana Point to San Diego)
Equipment Reflections
Personal Gear Review
Review -- Planning and Maps
Would I do it all again?