Monday, July 22, 2013

Day 16......a day off (sort of)

We've ridden for 15 consecutive days without a day off (I guess that's what consecutive means). Since we had a lot of errands to run, we decided not to ride today. First on the list?  Pick up a rental car and drive back the our favorite hell hole of Eureka (133 miles!) and get Greg's bike. This is such a classic picture. We're supposed to be taking scenic photos of powerful pacific waves crashing on the beach or majestic mountains of the Cascade Range. What am I taking pictures of today?  Eureka Police Department. 
I have been a little critical of the city of Eureka (ok, a lot) however I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge Allen from Eureka Pawn Shop who notified police when Greg's bike was brought in. He is a terrific guy. I would take him over Rick, Big Hoss, Grandpa or Chum Lee any day. Also officer Wayne from the police department was terrific as well.  Greg and I both take our helmets off to you. Thank you!!
The silver lining on going back to Eureka is that we got to visit Lost Coast brewery again (I think 3 times in a row justifies theropy) We did something different this visit, you guessed it, beer tasting. The winner?  Downtown Brown!  It was quite the battle with 8 Ball Stout and Raspberry Brown. It actually required an overtime pint. With overtime pints, everyone is a winner. 
The final piece to our logistical puzzle today was to meet Krissie at the Willits Hertz rental car office as she drove in from Sacramento airport so she can finish the last leg of the journey with us. As you can see mission accomplished. 
We have about 140 miles left to go to the Golden Gate Bridge. We added a few miles because we are crossing over to HWY 1 to get some beautiful coastal scenery (and make up for the day in the Eureka Police Department) so we decided to give our bikes some TLC. I'm still having front derailleur problems Kyle. 
With the four of us being together for the first time in a while, we wanted to get a group picture to capture the moment. Now we've all been there. You've got a group of people together and you want the perfect picture of everyone together. It takes multiple attempts because each time some one says "I don't look good" Well today was no different. We wanted a group shot with the fabulous four and needless to say, it took more than one shot to make everyone happy. The empty Crown Royal bottle may have had something to do with our inability to coordinate. 

Take 1: Actually pretty good except we thought the light was too bright coming through the window. No problem we'll just take "one more."
Take 2: Not bad except Krissie thinks this angle makes her butt looks big. OK lets switch positions. 
Take 3: Ah this is the one.  But wait a second why is Krissie's face glowing?  OK just one more. 
Take 4: this is the 4th picture and we have been using the self timer app all trip that visually counts down. Greg, so why are you talking at the last second?
Take 5: Cheryl decides to suddenly lean forward?
Take 6: OK. Lets call it good for crying out loud, the chicken on the BBQ is burning. 
Tomorrow is going to be a big day. We are looking to get 80 miles in so we can finish up on Wednesday afternoon. We are back to full strength on bikes and have Krissie with us so the stage is set for the final push to San Francisco baby!  


  1. A day off, are you kidding me! Maybe that's okay. Hell, even God took a day off once a week.

    Great to see Krissie added to the pictures, and pictures, and pictures. Have a great final two days on the road. You guys are amazing!

  2. There is no way you posted all those photos. I am dying. should have done a panoramic!! Duh!

  3. That is hilarious! It has been quite the adventure for you all, you are having way too much fun!

  4. Ha ha ha! I love that you posted all of those photos.

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