Ville and I had a plan to take off a day in Mendocino and then hit the road, but me, K.G, had a new attention getting scheme! I ate something weird (I think it was probably the dates we picked to spice up the oatmeal, but can't confirm as of yet), have never had an allergy of any kind, woke up to my face blown up like a balloon and a severe outbreak of swollen hives all over my body! Cool, right? Yep, not that cool. So I took Benadryl and thought I would ride it out and the next day they were even worse, so Jeremy was nice enough to drive us back to Fort Bragg so I could go to the emergency room and get a shot of Adrenalin (which did nothing because I am an adrenalin junkie and get high on that all day every day), steroids and an IV. Then, they prescribed me a generic EpiPen (which luckily my insurance covered because of the whole fiasco of what they cost now) because we will be in a lot of remote places and I prefer not to die somewhere because of food. My very sweet husband said I looked like a botched plastic surgery patient, so I am pretty much looking and feeling awesome these days.
So back on the road after 3 days off, heading south and the sun FINALLY came out!!! After 3 weeks of solid rain (we had rain from the time we left Portland to Mendocino), we finally were able to dry out and see some epic Highway 1 views of the coastline. And if you have yet to drive from Leggit south, I recommend adding it to the Bucket List. Lots of ups and downs for this dynamic duo on wheels, but at least my butt will look good if my face and everything else looks like a nightmare.
Riding over the Golden Gate Bridge was pretty surreal and having lived a few years in the city in my early 20's, a blast from the past of memories! A huge thank you to Arron and Emilia for taking us in on such short notice and even giving me all kinds of goodies to help me feel better (Emilia, all the drugs are helping and I couldn't keep going without them!). Thanks to Johanna and Aino for the goodies sent all the way from Finland, what a treat on our journey! Thanks Sue for lending us David and Thea for a night in Half Moon Bay, you both are awesome and what a great time getting to go to a house party full of kids and partying husbands!
When we left San Francisco, we had a short day to Half Moon Bay and David, Thea, Ginger and Phinneas welcomed us for an evening of bar-b-queing, boozing, and wild times! Thea left for ladies night and Ville and I got to party with all the dads and kids. What a stellar group of guys that welcomed us in, fattened us up, forced booze on us and laughed with us as friends. Rare when we are always on the move, it was much needed, thanks guys! Special thanks to the great host Sam. The next morning, David took us down to Mavericks to watch the 30-40ft waves going off and the surfers nuts enough to paddle out! Our ride south down to Santa Cruz was SO beautiful! Hugging the coastline, epic warm weather, easy road and huge surf. It was the moments we had dreamed about when planning this bike trip.
Sadly, our dear friend Hannah had to bail to NY when we were passing through, but she gave us her lovely parent's and they could not be nicer people! We had a tasty dinner last night with Kizzy, Bill and Brenda, Kizzy's mom and got to sleep in Hannah's bed. Ville says, "Sorry Hannah for wetting the bed!" Please come visit us in San Louis Obispo Hannah!! So off we go, weather is suppose to get sunnier and hotter as we continue south, and if any of you are in our path, please reach out for a visit. Until next time, keep on keepin' on...
K.G. & Ville
In Cuenca, Ecuador. Next stop, Loja.
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!” - Hunter S. Thompson
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