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Sea Ranch

2015-04-24

tl;dr: I traversed a variety of terrains today: forest houses, pasture houses, coast houses, etc.

My meals keep getting more expensive. I stopped at the Howard Station Cafe in Occidental and ate cold biscuits and gravy (mostly as unappealing as it sounds). Eating in this area is expensive. I can only tell myself that I've paid more for less so many times before I begin to question if it's true. I have decided that I will proclaim any meal costing less than twice what I would consider it worth to be a deal.

Much of the morning was spent on quiet roads meandering through a somewhat urban setting. There are a lot of houses here among the trees. Most appear run-down, though. This seems like the kind of place that requires money to live, but maybe not.

I spent much of the day on the Cazadero "Highway" which then turned into the single-lane Old Cazadero Road. This was a pleasant road that first meandered through forests following Austin Creek, and then switched over to beef cows and sheep once it climbed to higher elevations. At no point was the road level, and it was often steep with many continuous miles of climbing. I was passed by two different teams of bicycles that were out training. I made sure to say "good morning!" to every last rider, even though most pointedly ignored me. I really don't know why they hate me. It's not like they've met me before.

I was hoping to take the Gualala River dirt road for some number of miles, but it was clearly marked as No Trespassing. I didn't feel like dealing with it, so before long I was back on the coast on Highway 1. The traffic! The wind! The cold! I'm not really sure why so many find this trek enjoyable. This area is known as Sea Ranch. There are a lot of houses here, but they are all architected in such a way as to be almost invisible from the highway. It's actually kind of impressive.

In Gualala I ate an expensive pizza. Then, to get off the highway and to find a place to camp, I biked inland up Old Stage Road. It's great biking up 900 feet of elevation in the cold right before setting camp in misting rain, because you get all sweaty with no chance of drying out, and you must sleep in those sweaty clothes, because that is the only way to ensure they will be dry by morning.

Because of the rain, I am finally using my tent again. About one minute after I had climbed into the tent it began raining for real. It didn't stop raining.

good morning California


priorities


bigfoot


houses among the trees


Red Light District




they are training




single lane road


meandering through cow pastures






cow and deer


cows in the road


this lizard distracted me from taking a picture of a coyote


retreat to behind the razor wire and security cameras


but Google Maps told me to go this way




on my map this looked like a major road


the coast again


traffic and a turkey


a sample of Sea Ranch




dinner


preparing for rain

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