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Sunday, July 9, 2017
2017_07_09 Puyallup/Tacoma to Santa Barbara Trip (Leon Matz & Mike Smith) (Day 9)
Author: Leon Matz
Leggett to Point Arena 93 mi and 7,000 ft of climbing
When I did google map last night, it said 68 miles to Point Arena! I thought that was shorter than I remembered but great news! We need an easier day to recover!
Mike had trouble with his Garmin 520 and its mapping features so we got started a little late but with a short day no big deal! Adventure Cycling maps are terrific in many ways, but it is poor with giving you a good idea of terrain and elevation gain! Today's route looked to be an easy one! A few climbs from Leggett to the coast and Westport but easy after that! Boy was that it accurate! The 3 climbs to the beach were not easy!7-9% and real rough roads ! The thought was well - once we are to the beach - it will level out and the wind will be with us! WRONG!!! Once we arrived at Westport the road was like a whipped rope ! Steep up and down we went with pitches frequently jumped over 10 %. So it meant stand and push hard get over the top of the hill, coast down, and then grind up the next hill! It was very tiring! The prevailing northerly wind we hoped for never came, but a cross wind was frequently strong!
The situation became worse when we came upon a sign that said 59 miles to Point Arena! "What - how can that be? We have already ridden 34 miles! We should only have 34 miles left!" The next city sign confirmed that the goggle map distance to Point Arena was not accurate!
To be honest I was already very tired especially after yesterday's effort! In addition to being tired, I now became very discouraged! I was riding slow and cursing every time the road headed up - which was repeatedly! Mike patiently waited for me! The sun started to break through so we decided to stop and take a picture! I took a goo pack and tried to focus on the beauty of the ocean and not on my situation!