35 miles today with lots of hills. We set out around 7:30 AM because that's when the coffee shop opened in Meyers Flat. Since the grocery store we visited last night had nothing for us to make for breakfast we decided to have our coffee and breakfast before leaving town.
That was a most unusual experience. We parked our bikes on the sidewalk next to the coffee shop only to be told by the proprietor that we had to move them because he had to set up the outside tables there, not a problem for us but apparently a big one for him. He threatened that if they were not moved he could chose not to open the shop at all. Really? The was the grumpiest barista I have ever encountered, maybe he hadn't had his morning coffee yet either. Any he did serve us, almost reluctantly it seemed. I was inclined not to order any food and settled for a small coffee, not because I wasn't hungry but because I didn't want to give thus guy any of my business at all. Mary ordered bagel and cream cheese which took him a while to prepare. I' ll settle for that half eaten energy bar in my bag. This guy never once cracked a smile. Confirming my first impressions of this town. I was eager to leave all that negative energy behind.
It was a pleasant ride through the "Avenue of Giants" to the end of that road somewhere near Phillipsville when we had to rejoin the 101. We stopped in Garberville for a second " real" breakfast and coffee. My first sight on entering the town was a group of about 10 men hanging out in the park, all looking like they lived outdoors and never washed - the hooted as I rode past and again I wondered if I was in some outback country where there was a lot of inbreeding. The next sign I saw was "The Hemp Connection" store. So now I know what Garberville is all about:) I saw a lot of apparently transient men and a few women, lots of noisy motorcycles carrying big burly men. Not my kind of town and although our breakfast was good we did not mind hitting the road again.
The rest of our day was a bit more challenging. We had planned to get to Legget but after climbing the third hill in the hot sun we saw the sign for the Redwood Resort RV Camp. We were told that Legget was still 2 more hills and 6.5 miles away with no camping facilities in town. We decided to cut our day a bit shorter and camp here. So here we are enjoying a restful afternoon after having a swim in the pool and getting some laundry done. Tomorrow we will tackle those hills while fresh and the air still cool heading for Fort Bragg and a rest day.