On Friday (May 27) I officially retired. This is my second retirement, the first retirement was from the Coast Guard in 1996. As I approached retirement, a riding buddy of mine (Terry) told me that on my first full day of retirement I needed to do something I enjoyed…and take pictures. So I went for a ride and here are the pictures.
The ride started at the Applebox with a breakfast burrito and a cup of coffee. After eating I headed for highway 1 and a ride up the coast toward Stewart’s Point.
I made a slight detour to stop at Watson School. Watson School District is located on Bodega Highway between Freestone and the town of Bodega. The one room school served the families in the area and was in use from 1856 to 1967.
The town of Bodega where Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds was filmed. In the distance you can see the church and the white building to the left of the church is the school.
The mouth of the Russian River as I head north on Highway 1. Highway 1 north of Jenner is carved out of the side of the mountain overlooking the ocean. A very spectacular ride and one that should be on every riders bucket list.
Looking south on Highway 1…you can see the road in the distance.
Stewarts Point…one of my favorite stops along Highway 1 and the beginning of Skaggs Springs Road. The Caffe Americano was superb as always. If you ever get a chance to go upstairs…take it. Upstairs has a bar that is very unique along with several antiques and a lot if history of the area.
I have been here many times and have never noticed the bicycle on top of the restroom. I should have asked them the significance of the bicycle but didn’t think about it until I was back on the road.
My favorite type of sign when I’m on the bike. The road is rough and has lots of curves.
On the road. The plan is to turn right at Tin Barn then down King Ridge to the Russian River.
Along King Ridge road. I have ridden this road many times and generally there isn’t much traffic. Today was different. There was a bicycle race on King Ridge so one had to be carful and stay to the right when on the road. Only once did a bicycle rider stray on my side when coming around a corner. He was very embarrassed and nodded his apology. No worries….
A great ride down to Monte Rio from King Ridge then along the Bohemian Highway heading through Occidental toward Freestone. The picture above is downtown Occidental.
I have always thought about stopping at this store and today I did. After taking this picture I walked back to the bike as the gentleman on the left began to jokingly cajole the driver of the pickup about messing up the picture. I assured them that they didn’t mess up anything. We then had a great conversation about bikes, old hippies, medical treatment, girlfriends, and retirement. Both gentleman wished me luck on my retirement. I love having conversations with strangers when I ride.
No picture but I finished the ride with the required stop at the Wildflour Bakery where I purchased of Meyer Lemon Mango White Chocolate scone. The ride totaled 146 miles and I enjoyed every minute of it. Stay tuned…