Fellow bike nerds
August 18, 2019
From the old logging village Loleta, with a very own small scale cheese factory, we continue on to Berington State park. We rode through the famous Avenue of the Giants (great ride, but if you have to choose, we preferred the Redwoods even more). Passing by a farm stand, a woman yelled in a flash “popsicles are free for cyclists!” Huh, what did she say? We turned back around and were each handed a fresh blackberry icecream. What a treat! Someone had apparently spent the money to buy the passing cyclists a cooling treat. She marked us up on the chalkboard as the first two. Lucky, lukcy.
Little did we know, but we would end up in great cycling company the next couple of days. Finally, we hadn’t met many cyclists so far. When we arrived at the campground we got to meet the very cool people Ollie & Anna (triangatravels on instagram), an Aussie cycling couple, Jerome & Sam, a Canadian cycling couple and Chad, the cycling dude who was nicknamed the muffin man (his secret lies in special coconut oil ;) ). We busted ourselves on going into techy details when we were admiring each others bikes and setups. Bike nerd alert!! Big time. Why can we suddenly have 30 minute conversations about cranks and gears? Who have we become? Just kidding, it was all very interesting and we are now dreaming of pimping our bikes to even speedier machines.
The next stop was Legett state park. Lots of climbs in a burning sun, 1000m evelation over 77kms. We crossed paths with Chad a couple of times that day, cheering each other on. The many mosquitos on the campground coulnd’t spoil the fun. The group was now joined by two British and two French cyclists. The party was complete.