I really don't know how to put the last 3 days into words. I just don't think I can properly explain the experience, the landscape, the friendships, the memories....or well, the pain. I also don't want the memories to remain in my head without at least attempting to share them. So here we have it....and we start with DAY 1
SAN FRANCISCO- SEASIDE: 130 Miles (well 125, except that Beth and I had a rough start...)
So the directions said we were going to roll out from the Golden Gate Bridge. We knew this meant the downtown city side, but seeing as though Beth and I were the only two who were both not from San Fran, and had not done the ride before, we didn't know exactly where this "well known" spot was. We saw the bridge- but the group wasn't in sight!
After the first climb we all realized we were over dressed. To say the weather was on our side would be an understatement. Last year they did this ride through the rain and froze. Only blue skies and sunshine this time around!
Beth, Katya and I had to represent. Katya didn't struggle with that in Day 1. She was blazing the trail from up front!
Finally we made it to our first lunch stop. An espresso drink (sadly they didn't sell Starbucks double shots at this local hangout) was in order.
Garmin Edge 500)