Marvelous day on the bike, out in the country. Very little traffic and the best views north of the bridge I’ve seen so far. The day started out cloudy and wet, but the clouds disappeared as soon as I left Wild Flour Bakery, making for a perfect ride. All the climbing was well rewarded with beautiful views, some so breathtaking I refused to take any pictures. This was a 200k route posted by a fellow randonneur but is not registered with RUSA as a permanent, so I got no credit for doing it. I hope he registers it sometime, so I can use it for my R-12 at some point, but I know I will do it again regardless.
The objective: a loaf of bread from Wild Flour Bakery in Freestone
CA-1 is foggy. They say that the heavy fog on the coast creates a climate much like being underwater, and looking at the stones and plants at the roadside, it’s easy to imagine why.
In Marshall, I take a quick break
I loves the sheeps
Cresting Middle Road
Looking into Sonoma County
A couple in Valley Ford pull up in a tiny hybrid car and compliment me on my bike. The big plastic bag in my handlebar bag is full of roadside cherries mmmmmmm I eat them all.
Outboard motors and abalone shells, Valley Ford, CA
I am here!!! Wild Flour Bakery, Freestone, CA. I get a Gravenstein apple and toasted walnut scone– the first Gravensteins of the season, the nice counter lady tells me. And of course, I get a loaf of bread to carry home.
A honeybee thinks my hi-viz jacket might have something for him
The clouds have disappeared
This isn’t even the top, but I can see Mount Helena
Masonic Hall in Bloomfield
Chileno Valley: cloud-shadows crawl over the dry grasses. The field looks vast and empty, but there are birds, bugs, and bunnies everywhere
Open sky, open land
Wide open expanse
First sign of civilization again offers water & restrooms, thank goodness
Steeling my nerves for the urban adventure
Sun’s going down on a perfect day on the bike
Breakfast next morning reminds me of fresh air and open spaces