The Great Pacific Coast Escape

Day 19: What were you expecting -- Baywatch???
(Samuel Taylor SP to Half Moon Bay SP)

date: Friday August 23, 2002
daily miles: 75 miles (121 km)
total miles: 1,421 miles (2,287 km)

"What were you expecting -- Baywatch???" That was the female ranger's response when I asked here at the campground where were all the sun-drenched beaches that California is supposedly famous for?

Her next comment was 'plus would you want to see my ass in one of those one-piece swimsuits that they wear on Baywatch???' (Hint -- the answer is a definite no thanks...)


The Golden Gate Bridge -- I can hardly believe I made it this far

Today while tooling through Sausalito, I ended up going the wrong way down sidewalks and all over the place -- I acted like a tourist!!! It was crazy fun riding through there and down on the docks – especially with my trailer and its flag flapping in the wind.

The Golden Gate Bridge was itself was definitely cool -- although it was a bit fogged in. I was literally photographed by every Japanese tourist who was there! Maybe because of the colors of the bike or because it would give them a good story to tell – I couldn’t really find out. Ditto while riding across the bridge itself -- I even had two people with video cameras taping me. (Let's be truthful here -- they were all probably excited by the BOB trailer itself with the big American flag waving on the back and not myself....)


Alcatraz Island and San Francisco
I road down into the marina -- then double backed up the hills through the Presidio and then to Golden Gate Park itself. Dived down the hills due west to the coast again. I've been in San Francisco quite a few times, but never have been to this side of it -- my mental picture is the one you get as you come in across the bridge from Oakland or from South San Francisco via Candlestick.
I'm actually fairly sore today. The cold weather is one reason. But there was a lot of climbing today -- more than I had anticipated -- and I usually attacked the hills versus just casually spinning up them in a smaller gear.
San Francisco viewed from the bridge -- lots of fog

Golden Gate Bridge from Golden Gate Park
I cruised into Half Moon Bay State Park. Yes -- the cold only outside showers have been replaced by inside hot showers now. My tent is about fifty yards from the ocean -- amazing how strong the sounds of the incoming tide truly is in the darkness here.

Looking for sunshine and laundry tomorrow -- hopefully I'll have success at both.

Glad I brought more cold weather cycling clothes than I had originally planned.

Time to crawl into my toasty zero degree mummy bag!!

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?