Kiki Bikes Across America

Day 85 – Manchester, CA – Bodega Dunes Campground, CA

Tuesday, August 18th – KOA in Manchester, CA to Bodega Dunes Campground, CA

I woke up about 7:30 this morning and packed up and ate a bagel with peanut butter before hitting the road. The morning wasn’t too bad – not that foggy which was nice for a change and the sun was coming out so I could use my solar panel again! I chatted a bit with some other people in the campground that I’d talked to the night before and then I hit the road about 8:45 or so, I think.

Just some sort of flower I spotted on the side of the road.

Just some sort of flower I spotted on the side of the road.

The riding was fairly decent for the first half of the day, but the last 30-40 miles were pretty treacherous and awful. I also did the entire day without any services and was just lucky enough to find a lodge to refill on water at one place and a grocery store to refill just 10 miles after I started in the morning. Otherwise, there was no place to get lunch or anything really, with the exception of a convenience store in Jenner, but that was 10 miles from Bodega Dunes Campground, so it didn’t really matter.

But the riding in the afternoon was the most hellish, painful and awful riding of the entire trip (I think). I don’t remember another time where I was so frustrated and annoyed at how bad the roads were – extremely narrow, windy, steep, curvy, and the traffic was awful. I felt like I was riding to have a death wish – I never felt that unsafe with the riding conditions of the ride until Hwy  1 in California for approximately 130 miles (or the past two days). One truck almost caused a nasty accident on a narrow, windy, downhill where he passed me and had on-coming trafffic in the other lane. Luckily, there wasn’t an accident, but it was still nerve-wracking to ride on that road. It was so bad that I contemplated hitch-hiking the last 20 miles to the campground to get off the roads as a cyclist and be safer, but I really didn’t want to hitch and instead wanted to finish out my last 630 or so miles to San Francisco with minimal hitch-hiking (I only hitched 65 miles or so after I left Portland and before I hit San Francisco)…but I biked something like 630 miles since I left Cannon Beach.

Coastline of California

Coastline of California

In Jenner, I ran into two other cyclists who were doing the coast ride and I rode with them for 10 miles to Bodega Dunes Campground. Another cyclist, Dwayne, was at the hiker/biker site already and then we rolled in and set up. It was a bit frustrating though because the campground was all sandy – so our bikes got all sandy and tents and gear and all a bit sandy too.

Worst camping experience of the trip yet... wet, sandy, disgusting.

Worst camping experience of the trip yet... wet, sandy, disgusting.

I pitched the tent on a slope with leaves to try to avoid getting it all sandy and what not – well it turned out to be a pretty bad idea. I wound up drenched because the fog dropped all night and came in under the tent and on top of the tarp – sleeping bag, inside of tent, everything just sopping wet from the fog dropping.

GPS Stats:
68.4 miles
06:17 moving time
35.5 max speed
10.9 avg speed

Computer Stats:
69.79 miles
06:16:27
35.5 max
11.1 avg speed

Snake count: 2