Day #1 Folsom, CA to Omo Ranch, CA
Trip Start Jul 17, 2013
30Trip End Aug 14, 2013
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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 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