Climbing up to Yasmijn's birthday
August 20, 2019
This was our longest climb of the trip. I hadn’t slept very well the last 2 days, so we told the group of cyclists we were hanging out with, to go ahead without us. The 2 climbs of the day were on a quiet highway, first one loooong one, then one shorter, but steeper one. And it was hot once again, up to 35C. But we are getting better at this game! The British guys joined us and quite literally chatted us all the way up the hill. It was over in no time. We eventually made it to the campground the first group was meeting at, but there was no one there! We lost them… We get back on the busy road. We were quite fed up with the shoulderless busy roads by then. People kept warning us about crazy and drunk drivers, yay… On the next campground in Cleone, we rejoined the British and the French. Those Europeans, gotta stick together ;). Always cozier to camp with company. California was noticeably getting more expensive, as we start paying up to 20 dollars for a hike and bike spot (and they were not getting any prettier).
Waking up to another sunny day, we stretch out in our tent and get ready for a pancake birthday breakfast, woohoo. We slowed down that day and enjoyed the scenery and a big lunch with veggie hotdogs and strawberries.
We ended the day in beautiful Mendocino, home to many artists and a set for multiple movies. One of them was a James Dean classic “East of Eden”. We had arrived in the Land of Nod, East of Paradise! We found a warm shower host last minute. Jesse came up to us at the coffee place we were sitting at. “Are you guys Yasmijn & Yannick? My house is right there, that water tower.” Okay, cool! A Spanish cyclist Ismael was already staying there, but there was plenty of room for all of us. We went out to dinner in Patterson’s pub together to celebrate my birthday.
The next morning we said goodbye to Isma. We didn’t have to go far to our next WS host, so we decided to chill and spend some time updating the blog by the local library (always free wifi). We even cooked lunch in front of the building haha.
There was an art gallery right in front of the door with a very funky car.