Day 141: Bodega Bay to Point Reyes Station

35.2 miles

We enjoyed our complimentary breakfast at the Inn at the Tides this morning. Before we set out today, I spent some time working on the talks I’ll be presenting on my interview in Durango in November. I figure a little bit everyday will get the job done.

Young curious cows coming over

Curious Cows near Valley Ford

The route from Bodega Bay took us inland, away from the coast, for much of the day. Away from the ocean, it was hot and dry as we rolled through the small towns of Valley Ford and Tomales. We’re beginning to see evidence of California’s drought, after the wetter climate of Oregon and coastal Northern California. The grass is dry and the trees look parched. After a few climbs through farm country, we descended back towards the coast to the town of Marshall. The Pacific Coast Highway skirts Tomales Bay, a long, quiet finger of water pointing southeast from the ocean. As we biked along the narrow bay, we saw oystering operations in the bay, but little else.

Tomales Bay

View of Tomales Bay

We arrived in the town of Point Reyes Station low on water, so we stopped at a gas station in town. After some discussion, we decided to ride to Olema Campground, just two miles out of town, to stay for the night. We stopped at the Palace Market, a nice store with lots of organic options, and stocked up on fresh food for the night. We’ll have tortellini with pesto for dinner and plan our route into San Francisco for tomorrow.

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