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I traveled about 103.7 miles today.
Changed my plans again today (it's kind of great to have that kind if flexibility, thanks to the relative abundance of state parks with hiker biker sites). When I arrived at MacKerricher state park, my original destination, the rangers were able to confirm that Van Damme state park (about 18 miles further) also has showers and hiker biker camping. They also have me recommendations for restaurants in fort Bragg. Onwards I went, stopping at Jenny's giant burger for dinner (the perfect burger for a hungry cyclist, they loaded on the veggies) and a quick stop at a grocery store for some trail mix. Made it to the park with plenty of time to shower and eat before night fell. Pressing onwards means that it will be much easier to hit my stretch goal of Sonoma coast the next day, which means I have the option of reaching SF on Wednesday night instead of Thursday morning, assuming that I can convince a friend to pick me up. I met three cyclists (Pierre, Adrian, and Ludvic) from Montreal in westport, who started in Vancouver. Gave them my email, they should reach SF in time for us to grab a beer before I leave. Met Sam and Nate at camp, a father son team biking down the coast. Also meet Ramsey, who has been traveling from new York in a horse shoe path around the south of the US. He will have been going for a year on Tuesday. Crazy. His plan is to end at crater lake. Really interesting guy, fashioned panniers out of tidy cat bins. Rode about 17 more miles down ave of giants this morning. Big hill climbs and descents right after Leggett once I got on 1. Really fun ride, if you like climbs and sharp turns (I enjoyed it). The temperature really dropped as I approached the coast, and the on again off again coastal fog returned. Strange to think I'll be done so soon. It will be especially strange to stop after going so hard the last several days.
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