Day 42: Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Stop to Stop: Samuel Taylor Campground to Marin Headlands Hostel
Underway: 8:50 am Off Bike: 1:45 pm Ride Time: 2:51 hrs Stayed At: Hostel
Miles Traveled: 29.2 Total Miles: 2,956.1 Weather: Sunny, warm, windy
First Things First: First time seeing beer being packaged on the sidewalk; First palm trees; First sea otter; First sighting of San Francisco; First view of Golden Gate Bridge.
Mile to Mile: after another quiet and peaceful night sleeping under the redwoods I had a leisurely breakfast while chatting with the three girls – Vera, Sheena and Daisy – also traveling the coast to SF. We are both excited and sad to almost be done. I have enjoyed meeting them. They told me about the Samuel Taylor Campground and their bike map showed a hostel on the Marin Headlands which, lucky for me, had room tonight. Thanks girls – good luck on the rest of your journey. (PS: I still don’t know how you all fit in that little tent).
The route today wound through the last of the rural hills and down through small, quaint Marin villages like Fairfax, Ross, Larkspur, Mill Valley and, of course, Sausalito. I cut up and over the headlands near the Golden Gate and dropped down to Visitor Center and the hostel. What a cool place. Only $33 for a bunk and full kitchen, wifi and showers. And laundry facilities, pool room and make-your-own pancakes in the morning included at no extra charge. And all the hiking trails and amazing vistas you could want right out the back door.
Tomorrow will be a fun day with a short ride to the Golden Gate, contemplation on the amazing journey here and meeting Jess and Cindy somewhere in the city. The end of one journey and the beginning of another.