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Milk Cows

2015-04-23

tl;dr: I am finally escaping urban cities for rural California where there are cows.

From whatever city I was in (it was a hard name to remember and not really worth the effort) I struck off west and north. After meandering through much urban which was liberally populated with dedicated bicycle paths and lanes, I finally began climbing another steep hill on the edge of rural. Two miles up that hill my seat post broke. So back I went to buy a new one in one of the dozen or so bicycle shops I had passed in the previous miles.

When touring, it takes a while to get completely comfortable with your bicycle. A replaced seat post means my saddle is now a half-inch forward. I spent the rest of the day stopping and tweaking saddle angle, post length and handlebar placement until I was mostly satisfied.

I am in milk cow land. The landscape is hilly and rocky with few trees, and the grass is actually green, and there are always milk cows within view.

There are also a surprising number of road kill skunks.

In a little town called River Ford, I paid $10 for a small jar of peanut butter and a small box of crackers. In front of the store a local looked at me, looked at my hair, and proclaimed, "racing stripes!" Ah, yes. Helmet hair.

I crossed the road to Dinucci's and got their special (which was named something Italian and pronounced by a waiter with a bad stutter, so I honestly didn't understand what I was getting, except I heard chicken and rice), which was preceded by a full meal of soup and salad all in itself. It was very fancy, and I even took a picture, which seems to have disappeared. I left very full.

I hurried down the road, because the sun was setting.

Finding a place to camp wasn't too hard. I ended up in a cow pasture between Freestone and Occidental. Finding a level place to lay out my sleeping bag was the real challenge. Once again, I didn't bother with a tent.

bike path




broken seat post


Nicasio Reservoir






swan


some rock




not very smart cows


good night California

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