Today I woke up around 5, ate some of my pizza from yesterday and went back to bed. Woke up again around 9 and ate the last of the pizza before hitting the road.
Oh, I followed a passage from the Bible of Heidi, Book of Cycling 1:1: “Thou shalt have breakfast before cycling.” I also followed 1:2, “Thou shalt eat often.” I violated 1:3, though, “Thou shalt stop for lunch.”
Instead I just stopped every 45-60 minutes, ate a food bar, drank some sugar water, waited 5-10 minutes and took off again. I find that when I stop to eat I have a hard time getting started again.
I finally got out of the room around 10ish. Jim had the room across the hall and it was already being cleaned so he clearly left before I did. I’ve no idea how much earlier though. I only have a bit over 250 miles left to San Fran. There’s no rush with 6-7 days of cycling left, so I figured I’d take it easy.
I stopped every 45 to 60 minutes to eat a food bar, drink some Gatorade or whatever it was, use the bathroom, wait five or ten minutes and then get back on the road. I didn’t want to take the time to stop for lunch and I didn’t want to have to get started again; I do best if I just keep going.
I saw Jim just an hour our two out. He caught up with me and we laughed about it. He thinks he left the hotel just minutes before me. He stopped at a bike shop and I wandered through town. With the Garmin and the ACA maps being very different so it’s funny how close we were to the same place. He joked that he’d recognize my panniers (pronunciation stressed) anywhere. We only rode for a short while, then I followed the Garmin route while jim followed the ACA route.
That just makes it more humorous since we linked up again about an hour later when our paths converged. I was just finishing one of my short breaks as he was coming down the road. It was pretty funny. We parted ways again, still going to the same place but opting for different routes. I didn’t see him again.
I rode into Ferndale but didn’t feel like stopping at any of the places for food, so I found a park, used the bathroom, filed up my water bottles and poured in Gatorade mix, ready to hit the road again. I was only going to go another 10 or 20 miles but just couldn’t find any place I liked. Leaving Ferndale an older guy training for a bike race caught up with me. We talked for just a few minutes and then he went on ahead. I trailed him by about a hundred yards for ten miles.
He turned around and headed back to town while I continued on.
I got to a place I thought I’d stay for the night but the guy wanted $65 for a room and I just didn’t feel like paying that. I went across the street to stock up on food in case I ended up camping, but the prices were highway robbery. They wanted $1.65 for a small candy bar. I figured I could do a lot better than that and so continued on. Only about five miles further I found a local grocery store which was quite reasonable. I stocked up on enough food for a couple days, had two ice cream bars and headed out. There were several candidate camping locations but each of the ones I looked at was over priced and really crappy, so I just kept going. Since I was fueling up so frequently, and possibly because of the great night’s sleep and little climbing, I was feeling pretty good all day long.
I finally ended up at Ft Meyers, a place I figured would be much further than I needed to go, but the campground is reasonable and nice, and the shower was good. I had two packets of Ramen noodles – not great but the best I could find at the grocery store on the way here. I also had several small packets of cheese and some crackers, finished off a bag of peanut butter M&Ms.
I sent a couple of emails off, am charging the GPS and the phone and think I’ll read for a while on my Nook, whose battery will probably die soon. My food is hanging up so hopefully the raccoons and everything else will leave it alone and I’ll have breakfast tomorrow. I’m expecting rain tonight so the fly is on the tent. If the weather is bad I might just spend an extra day here…we’ll see.
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