Route plan: Mendocino to Paso Robles

25, Mon 2nd: 150 km (93 miles) from Van Damme State park to Bodega Bay Dunes

26, Tues 3rd: Cycle (at least 110 km) to San Francisco. Late lunch. Leave bikes with Kelley. Pick up hire car, drive to Truckee/Tahoe.

27, Weds 4th: Meet Shannon Decker at 9 (cough…11.30am) at a local coffee house. Go to Squaw, up mountain for views of Lake Tahoe. Play disc golf. Then into town for beers.

28, Thurs 5th: morning in Tahoe paddle boarding. Then drive back to SF for 3.30, dump stuff at Hotel, then return hire car by 5, and on to the Cal Academy of Science (Golden Gate Park) for a party from 6.30–10. Kelley to arrive at 8.30/9. Stay at Holiday Inn Civic Centre for next three nights.

29, Fri 6th: explore SF. Alcatraz at 12pm. Baseball game – San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks – at 7.15pm.

30, Sat 7th: Explore San Francisco. Watch Americas Cup matches. Out in evening.

31, Sun 8th: Cycle 65 km (40 miles, 3-4hrs) to San Gregario. Play beach frisbee 1-3.30. Farmers market on way to Ruth’s (Palo Alto), then chill whilst watching the late NFL game and BBQ!

32, Mon 9th: Computer day — Cupertino for Apple in morning. Lunchtime goaltie 12.30. Afternoon at Google (Mountain View). Evening drinks with Sam. Possible day ride is Old La Honda, or Kings Road. Stay in Palo Alto at Ruth’s.

33, Tues 10th: Cycle 83.2 km (52 miles) to Santa Cruz. Boardwalk at night. Camping at New Brighton State Park.

34, Weds 11th: rode to Carmel. Stayed in Motel.

35, Thurs 12th: Craig left in hire car. I ride on, 140 km (85 miles) down to San Simeon State campground.

36, Fri 13th: 53 km (33 miles) inland to Paso Robles. No camping available so find a motel.

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