Home again, home again, jiggety-jig. I left Highland Dell after a small breakfast and returned to Shoreline Highway. On the way back, I took the necessary detour to Bodega Head (which I managed to miss last time I was there) and then continued on down to Tomales. Something about that town feels very comfortable to me. I sat in Tomales Deli + Cafe and blogged about my previous day’s activities.
I then continued on to Point Reyes. I stopped at Drakes Beach Café for lunch but they were closed. (Sensing a theme?) I continued on to the lighthouse which was also closed, but that’s okay. I got to see the view which is the important thing.
I returned via Stinson Beach and I have to say, even after all this riding, that stretch of Shoreline Highway that goes between Stinson Beach and Mill Valley is still my favorite piece of road. That isn’t to say that riding all over Northern California and Southern Oregon wasn’t a blast, but it’s nice to know that my favorite piece of road is right out my front door.
In Mill Valley, the 1 again merges with the 101 (as it did in Leggett) which felt like a kind of completion. Merging onto the 101 was merging onto San Francisco traffic, though I wasn’t actually in San Francisco yet. Emerging from the tunnel, I saw the City before me.
One of the things that struck me as I was riding around was how much unoccupied space there is in this country. Cities are very small by comparison, especially cities like San Francisco.
In contrast, what struck me as I drove onto the Golden Gate Bridge, back to my city–my home–is how many people there were! In fact, if you sum up all the people in all the towns I rode through (including Sacramento!) it does not come to the population of San Francisco. (And San Francisco is a relatively small city!)
I made my way back the way I always do from Mill Valley: right onto Park Presidio, right onto Balboa, left at 14th, left Cabrillo, right at 12th, left onto Fulton, and back to the Lower Haight.
Home, finally. In a way, I wish my adventure could go on forever. And in another way, I am very glad that I can sit in a normal chair for a while.