Today’s route stayed on the 101 for most of the day. Just like the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the 101’s got some pretty wide shoulders, so for most areas, I felt pretty safe. Additionally, it was a little odd, eerie almost, with the lack of cars.
At one point I stopped my bike at the side of the road and listened. No cars, nothing, just complete silence across five lanes of the 101.
So Much Climb
So today had by far the most climb of any day yet.
To give some perspective, the most climb I’d had in a given ride so far was about 2,500 feet - today had 4,300!
I’m super glad that I made it through. It looks like that will likely be the most difficult day for the rest of the trip.
So, I felt like if I can tackle that, I can tackle anything.
So, I decided to take the 101 inland instead of the 1. When considering the route, the only benefit Highway 1 had was better scenery.
Whereas 101 had:
- More places to stay (since I’m not camping)
- Safer shoulders and bike paths
- Better reception
- If I took Highway 1 I’d still have to cut back over to 101 anyway at the closure
I noticed the temperature change right away as I went further inland. It was over 90 degrees out as I got into Laytonville today so that last hour or so of riding was a little rough.
Not much I can do about it though because it’s sunrise when I leave, so unless I want to ride in the dark, I’ll have to just stick with it.
Not sure where to put these, so they’ll just go here.
Thanks everyone for all your comments on Facebook and e-mails that I’ve gotten. I appreciate all your support on this once-in-a-lifetime journey :)