Trip Start Jun 22, 2010
Trip End Sep 21, 2010

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Where I stayed
Hendry Woods State Park
Boonville, CA
Navarro, CA

Flag of United States  , California
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I can't believe I'm so close to San Francisco. As I write, it's only about 100 miles away. 

My face finally shrunk back to normal size after three full days - I tell ya, not plesant...I'd to keep my sunglasses on the whole time so as not to frighten people! Now that it has gone down I keep thinking like that goat from the 'bóthar' ad on the radio! Saying things like "that's never happened to me bee-fore" or "this is gonna bee great".  Maybe(e) it was a wasp...??

From Garberville back to the coast involved a big hill-climbing day - almost 15 miles uphill to 3,000ft. But what goes up, must come down (a fact I forgot in relation to my a point, I thought I'd be that way for life)...but in relation to hills it meant some great freewheeling. I met up with a lovely couple I'd met a few days earlier - Patti & Nick from Colorado - when I finally arrived in the tiny town of Westport. The only place to have coffee was this old man's house. He put us sitting in the front room and plied us with tea and toast and jam. Surrounded by pictures of his family and (of equal prominance) Yule Brenner in 'The King and I'.  Nice one!

I've turned inland now towards Sonoma and Napa - a few long days cycling to get here, early starts coz the weather's hot (woo hoo, finally!!). The plan is to plonk myself here for a few days - drink a little plonk (or better, hopefully), soak up some sun, chill. I'm staying in the State Park (does that conjur images of Wildlife Park to anyone else?) just outside a town called Calistoga. The first millionnaire of California named this place - he was referring to it as the Saratoga of California coz of it's similarities. But in his drunken state (or maybe he liked after my own heart) he referred to it as the 'Calistoga of Sarafornia' and so Calistoga stuck. I like that story!    

And from here it's only 2 days to San Francisco. Time a bee going the wrong way on the highway! 

No more bee talk!

** If anyone's wondering, the "fabulous legs" comments originate from my own misquote of myself one time skiing! Not an interesting enough story to go into but needless to say it's all tongue in cheek (or foot in mouth!??!)
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