Santa Fe Trail Marker
Summit of Monarch Pass
Services here in Delta.
Services here on HWY 6.
Motel 6 in Ely, Nevada. And pretty cheap! And recently renovated.
Nevada rainbow on HWY 6
Spectacular landscape here.
Miss Lake from HWY 120 E
Tioga Pass entrance to Yosemite.
Walker Party info stop on HWY 120.
Yosemite West Entrance.
Don Pedro Lake near Yosemite
Heading toward Yosemeti
Bike on Katie's deck
Last night of the BuenCA BRide
Hawk Tower built by Robinson Jeffers. Whatever ride that follows is dénouement.
In front of the Carmel library.
Look deep. I crossed all that to get to Monterey. And go figure! One last hill I climbed (I hope) toward Carmel.
One last stop before Carmel.
Had to backtrack from the Walmart waypoint to here, where I had left my phone!
Looking back at the hilly, gnarly heart of Monterey
Back on route in Castroville
Up out of Watsonville, which looks like berryland.
Following the signage.
Santa Cruz Pier
Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel
Nearly sea level
A snack before I tackle that hill.
I'm glad that van lost a hub cap, which came flying at me. Otherwise, I would have flown by this view.
Half Moon Bay / El Granada
Camp in Montara
View from Devil's Slide Trail
Devil Slide Trail: a scary climb
Daly City BART Station
Waiting for BART to speed me south safely through San Fran area traffic.
And odd Motel 6 in Pittsburgh, CA
Final HUGE bride over the Sacramento.
Cock n' Bull Bitter Orange drink and an orange in the California Delta.
Crossed the Sacramento again to Stay on HWY 160
Bridge across the Sacramento and HWY 160, which runs along the river
Ralph has given me excellent directions.
With Ralph Oliver, my Warmshower host, who road 10 miles with me.
Warmshower lodging in Lodi.
Andrew at Lodi Bike Shop giving the bike a go-over.
Main Street Ione.
Beginning of a long downhill to Ione.
Best Western, Jackson
A look back at Baker's Mountain.
Things get interesting.
After the turn around, services!
Turn around on Carson's Pass to HWY 49 to Yosemite.
Behind d Cooks Station
At last! HWY 88 and the final push to Cooks Station and halfway up the mountain.
Climbing almost to HYW 88
First service on the way to Cooks Station
Behind Ray Ide's house. He's the great (great?) grandson of William B. Ide, the first and only president of the Republic of California back in the day.
At the local diner in Plymouth, fueling up for the ride to Cooks Station, more than halfway up Carson Pass 😁
Downtown Plymouth with Library
Still nowhere on the scary Latrobe RD
Middle of nowhere.
Starbucks at the point where Blue Ravine becomes Green Valley b
Trying to find my way out of these trails
Camp at Beals Point on Folsom Lake near Folsom.
With Paul from Brighton, UK, here in the western US biking around.
The American River Bike Trail for the next 23 miles.
Tower Bridge over the Sacramento River, West Sacramento
West SAC RV Park and Campground. Excellent site just off Western Express route in West Sacramento. Clean showers. Hot water. Decent wifi.
Heading into West Sacramento on the Yolo Causeway Bike Path. That's I 80 on the right.
John, an aerospace engineer, who rode with me from Winters to Davis, crossing a funky bridge.
Lester Farms Bakery in Winters.
Turning on Putah Creek RD toward Winters.
After detouring into Vacaville yesterday, I'm on the hashtag of a new map segment.
Lodging in Vacaville.
For a while today I thought I was out of the hills.
Breakfast burrito at Valley Cafe.
Had to climb hills to get out of Vallejo but now I'm on the Solano Bikeways for a few miles.
Vallejo Motel 6.
Off the ferry in Vallejo.
4:30 Vallejo Ferry
On the Golden Gate
About halfway up the final hill to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Paranoid about my brakes after using them on a long downhill. Mike's Bike Shop says they're ok. Golden Gate ahead!
The hill that keeps going up.
Croissant and iced coffee.
Samuel P. Taylor State Park. $7! Above my tent is a redwood, and just beyond my bike is a babbling creek.
It's nice to be out of HWY 1 traffic and out of the hills and on the relatively flat Marin Trail for a few miles.
Black Mountain. Glad it's behind me!
Point Reyes Station is a busy little tourist town. Great roast beef sandwich. Ate half. Saving the other half for the top of the big hill I have to climb to get back on route.
Marshall. Looks like you can feast on oysters here.
The Tomales Community Park is not on the Adventure Cycling map, but it's a welcoming park with picnic tables, gazebos with electric, and restrooms with running water and flush toilets.
I meet Aaron, who started his ride in Portland, in Valley Ford, CA.
OMG! Thousands of them! Nay! Millions! The Birds!
The BACON officially starts with a traditional stop at Starbucks.
'Anders at KT's house. Where the BACON starts Saturday morning.
Don't know what this place, perhaps a winery, but it's crazy packed with cats in the back.
Coffee @ Starbucks.
Wadsworth rest stop.
Cosgrave rest area.
Nevada. Spectacularly beautiful.
Staying tonight at a Motel 6 in Wells, NV, across the highway from the Ruby Mountains.
Windhover Salt Flats, west of Salt Lake, almost Nevada.
Utah west of Salt Lake is starting to look like the west of Westerns.
Crossing to the west side of the Continental Divide just west of Rawlins, WY, which is just west of Sinclair and home is said name oil and gas.
I could tell I'd been climbing since Ogallala, Nebraska, more so when I entered Wyoming, but visibility was nil due to fog, until suddenly I saw an elevation sign, 8590 feet, and snow on the outcropping, and the mountain grade was downhill into a clear valley, Laramie, a full tank of gas, and Starbucks.
Wyoming. Forever west. Train emerging from fog.
Car camp at the 80 W rest stop just east of Ogallala, NE, Rocky Mountain time zone.
Time to start thinking of a rest stop. Maybe North Platte.
Nebraska! In Lincoln to cash winning ticket at Publishers Clearing House. Will treat STL upon return. Can't wait!
Iowa! Biked it. In fact, I've been in bike in this very spot on my way over the Missouri River to Nebraska.
Just changed HWYS in Kansas City, via 495W and 495N, from 70W to 29N.
Still in Missouri, far from California.
'Anders is packed and ready for his tow Sunday to Santa Rosa, California, and the start next Saturday of the BACON.
A rough route of The BikeAbout California Oregon Nevada.