Day 18

August 23.

Today was a very long day, more than 80 miles in 6000 feet of climbing. Virtually all of it was along the coast on Highway one. The road is intermittently empty and wonderful to ride, and filled with cars and logging trucks which made riding quite frightening. The marine layer which hugs the coast is also very interesting. Last night it was so Misty one could barely see your hand in front of your face. Today it was mostly offshore, but occasionally you could see fingers of it coming onto the land dropping the temperature by at least 10° and reducing visibility. I’m not sure whether there are geographic characteristics that govern where it comes in; I know that it rolls in over the San Francisco Bay quite frequently and makes summer there cold and damp. We will be there in two days; hard to believe that at that point the ride will be almost 75% over.

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