About Lea's Foundation

In 1998, Lea Michele Economos, a young woman who died of leukemia at the age of 28, made a dying wish to her parents that others would not face the hardships she encountered by finding a cure for this disease. Her family started this charity to carry on that wish. Today, Lea’s Foundation takes an active role in finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and myeloma and to better the lives of people living with these diseases. At the UCONN Health Center, the Lea’s Foundation Center for Hematologic Disorders sponsors research in this field. A new program covers the cost of bone-marrow testing to help recruit life-saving transplants for patients. Also, annual scholarships are given to children with leukemia who are planning to attend nursery school. For more information on other projects carried out by Lea’s Foundation, please visit their website at www.LeasFoundation.org.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Day 2 - Lagunitas, CA to Bodega Bay, CA (44 miles)

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.

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