Route: 1) Highway 1 To Olema, 2) Sir Francis Drake Boulevard To Samuel P. Taylor State Park, 3) Cross Marin Trail [A Great Path For Non-Motorized Vehicles Through The Park]
Weather: Morning Clouds, Then Low 20s & Mostly Sunny, Moderate Crosswinds
Total Climbing: ~600m/1970ft
Breakfast: Oatmeal [with cinnamon, almonds & pecans]
Lunch: Burrito at Whale of a Deli in Point Reyes Station
Dinner: Rice & Potatoes Snacks: Clif Bar
Beverages: Water, Afternoon Coffee in Point Reyes Station
Previous Night’s Sleep: 9:00pm to 7:00am [10 hours]
Previous Night’s Accommodation: Bodega Dunes Campground in Sonoma Coast State Beach
- I felt energetic from the moment I awoke. I rode a brisk 50km from Bodega Dunes Campground to the town of Point Reyes Station.
- Upon my arrival in Point Reyes Station, the sun began to shine and the temperature rose. Quickly, I decided to hang around town for awhile; I’d rather enjoy the sun in relaxation than sweat through it on my bike.
- Following lunch at Whale of a Deli – a decent, if not memorable meal – I bought groceries at the market and meandered to Toby’s Coffee Bar, which features long picnic tables in the open air and free wi-fi. I proceeded to spend the next two hours sitting, quietly appreciating the extended taste of summer, and marking time by conversations with a couple of locals.
- I rode the final ~20km from Point Reyes Station to Taylor Park Campground in the late-afternoon sun. One solid climb and descent inland from the coast ensued.
- Approaching Samuel P. Taylor State Park, I spotted a sign along the side of the highway for the Cross Marin Trail, a recreational trail that runs through the park. A perfectly calm and quiet ride that goes directly through Taylor Park Campground, which includes the park’s hike-or-bike campsites. From start to finish, this was a ten-out-of-ten day.
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