We got on the road by 730am, hoping to avoid some of the headwinds I had read about online. The first seven miles were through beautiful agricultural areas before we reach Tomales Bay.
We continued our touring until a hearty 1030am breakfast full of eggs, toast, potatoes and bacon. We thought this filling and balanced meal would be great for the biking that lay ahead of us. Sitting in town we met another biker who was heading north to Washington from San Diego. We parted ways and planned to see each other again at Sonoma Coast State Park later in the day.
Here, using my navigational wisdom I had to choose between California Route 1 or a road with a scenic bike path that ran closer to the water. Since the terrain was the "same" we chose the scenic option. After a mile of steady climbing into our first 20mph headwind of the trip. The remaining 5 miles of this road, before getting back to Route 1 made us doubt our abilities at every turn. With this headwind, we had to pedal hard to only make 7mph against the wind.
The last third of our ride was on Route 1 as it rolled up and down, hundreds of vertical feet at a time before dumping us into the pretty town of Bodega Bay. After a quick lunch we struggled the last few miles into Sonoma Coast State Park. This park had free hot showers! These were very welcome because Samuel P Taylor State Park's showers were closed due to drought.