Day #1 Folsom, CA to Omo Ranch, CA

Trip Start Jul 17, 2013
Trip End Aug 14, 2013

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My day started off with much "pomp and circumstance", pictures with my family and tearful good byes. My riding buddies Dennis Mandigo, Glen Brooks and Andrew Byer met me at my house to roll me out with a color guard. Dennis rode up to Cameron Park and Glen and Andrew accompanied me to Missouri Flats road and Hwy. 50. It was great having them give me a send off as I'm not planning on seeing anyone I know for the next 4ish weeks!
My first wrong turn was with my lead out team missing the change from Green Valley to Missouri Flats. This caused me about 4 miles of rerouting and about 800' feet in climbing, "oh well that's what a bike tour is all about". After Placerville the road turned upward and the heat climbed to the high 90's. What happened to the cooling trend? As I traveled up Omo Ranch road I couldn't take it any longer I laid Betty (my bikes name.....but that's another story), got out my lawn chair (yes I brought a lawn chair), kicked my feet up on my panniers and proceeded to take a siesta. I'm not sure how long I was there but I think it was well over an hour because I was in the sun again when I woke up. Thank you Suzi for the suggestion to take a break in the heat! I'm kinda surprised someone didn't come along an check me for a pulse.....I was out!
I met my first "Trail Angel" as I was climbing out of Fair Play, not bad for my first day. I heard a voice as a nice lady ran to her driveway saying" Bicyclist I have a proposal for you." Well she and her husband had been extending their yard and their shower out to bicycle tourist for the las several years. I really felt bad I couldn't take her up on her offer, but I had only gone 40 miles and I still thought I was going to make it to Cooks Station. I thank her profusely and continued on to Omo Ranch. Here I met another couple Ted and Mary who ran the local store and let cyclist camp in their backyard for $10. They even had a Gazebo Bar in the backyard and gave me free beers. I drank with Ted and Ralph his neighbor, until about 9:00 and then I pretty much collapsed in my hammock shelter.
I didn't make it to my goal on my first day (I didn't get there to 1:00 the next day!), but all in all I learned allot about bicycle touring and got to meet some great folks!
Distance: 56 miles
Ride Time: 6 hours Real Time:10 hours
Altitude: 6000 ft. of climbing
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Dawn Hitchcock on

I look forward to your daily updates!! I'm so excited to follow your journey:-). Be safe and enjoy my friend

ross on

roll on brother, roll on!

Dana on

It's not too late to give up and ride home. I think you might have some charts to do.

Lynn on

Found it!!! So happy to read your story, lovey!

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