It’s the Cycling for Access team here, checking in on Day 4 of our cross country trip. And wow, it’s been an incredible few days.
We started our journey at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco with a lot of excitement. From there, we took the ferry to Vallejo and started biking towards Davis, CA. In our first day, we had two flat tires, a bike breakdown, and ended up catching a ride in a car the last 10 miles. We spent the night with a wonderful host named Alan from the Warm Showers cycling community website, who gave us a kind greeting and shared lots of local advice.
On Day 2, we ran a few errands around Davis, which included a stop by a bike shop and the post office to mail duplicate items home. We then biked through Sacramento onto Folsom. To cool down, we took a dip in the American River. The water was very cold. Once we arrived in Folsom, John would not stop singing Johnny Cash. Also, the Folsom dam was beautiful. We met many groups of riders who were excited to hear about our mission and offered advice. An FBI agent in cycling mode escorted us to Beal’s Point campground after we got lost. All in all, a great day.
Day 3 brought us beautiful rolling hills between Folsom and Fiddletown, CA. We rode nearly 50 miles in the California heat, saw rattlesnakes, and ate at a delicious deli. Again, we were greeted warmly by all. People offered us free places to stay and wanted to know how to support the Cycling for Access goals. We spent the night camping at the beautiful Casa de la Pradera BNB outside of Fiddletown, which was hosted by Alice, who is wonderful in all types of ways.
On Day 4, we climbed nearly 4000 feet as we entered the Sierra Mountains. Our legs felt like they were on fire! We had lunch at a pitstop along Route 88, called Cooks Station. Now we are camping behind another roadside restaurant, Ham’s Station. We enjoyed talking with the owners’ grandkids about hiking and going to college.
As we close out the day, we want to give a shout out to everyone who has helped us along this way. In our 4 nights, we have been given free lodging 3 times. People are excited to hear about what we are doing and why, and it makes us feel like our purpose is more important and timely than ever.
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