Day 140: A Sunny Day to Bodega Bay

28.72 miles

Good thing our campground last night had wooden food storage boxes.  The raccoons were pretty bold and one woke us up rattling the door of the wooden box to see if it could get to our food.  Other than that it was a quiet night with no other campers in the hiker/biker area.  Today was full of really great scenery again.  The landscape is definitely more dry and arid now.  There are rolling hills of dry grass and brush as well as occasional groups of pine trees.  Looking to the left side of the highway you could easily think you’re in Colorado or Wyoming, but then you look to your right and see the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean.

Today was a nice sunny day and we rode in our short sleeves for most of the day.  We took our time, enjoying the dry, sunny weather after the colder, wetter weather we’ve had further north.  We also stopped a few times to try and take some interesting photos.  I’ll include some of those photos below and keep the text of this blog post short.  We opted to stop in Bodega Bay tonight since after this town we’ll turn inland away from the ocean for a while.  We started to pull into a campground outside of town, but as we did we saw several California Highway Patrol vehicles, including an empty passenger van, heading down the road to the campground.  We feared there might be a problem in the campground, maybe a bunch of transient kids bringing down property values. 🙂  Rather than continue the couple miles to the campground to find out, we turned towards town and got a room at a fancy place called “Inn at the Tides”.  I got a discount through hotels.com so it wasn’t too pricey.  It’s definitely the nicest place we’ve stayed on this trip so far and we’re looking forward to a good night’s sleep.

Beautiful blue water early in the day

Beautiful blue water early in the day

A rare flat, but winding section of road

A rare flat, but winding section of road

Apple fritter I saved for later

Apple fritter I saved for later

Scenic highway 1

Scenic highway 1

Caroline and the Pacific Coast

Caroline and the Pacific Coast

Seal tracks on the sand that separates the ocean from the Russian River.  The drought has suppressed river flow so it doesn't flow into the ocean as it normally would.  Sometimes the sand is dredged away to help the river flow.

Seal tracks on the sand that separates the ocean from the Russian River. The drought has suppressed river flow so it doesn’t flow into the ocean as it normally would. Sometimes the sand is dredged away to help the river flow.

Kayaker in the Russian River near where the previous photo was taken.

Kayaker in the Russian River near where the previous photo was taken.

Rocky coastline north of Bodega Bay

Rocky coastline north of Bodega Bay

Other side of the highway looks like Colorado!

Other side of the highway looks like Colorado!

Rocky tidepools north of Bodega Bay

Rocky tidepools north of Bodega Bay

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