My cousin Steve and my friend Steven both rode cross-country quite successfully using only paper maps. Technology has all but made that paper extinct. Today, however, I have renewed my loyalty to the paper maps from Adventure Cycling.
Our ridiculous game of Magellan today went like this: engage 3 different on-line bike route applications, text Chuck at 1:30am about mapping a route for us, consult 2 different bike GPS devices, pore over a myriad of on-line maps, then head out and guess which route Ann took and which route Justin took with the RV. Tomorrow, I’m going back to paper.
The Illegal Shortcut
I couldn’t understand why the bike GPS insisted on sending me 20 miles out of my way so I opted for the on-line application that mapped a shortcut for me. Then I saw the sign and it all made sense: “Bicycles prohibited on highway.” I decided to forge ahead anyway (thinking if I got pulled over I’d interview the police officer for our documentary).
When the semis screamed by me impatiently on their way to Sacramento, I decided that ignoring the sign was probably not the wisest move. Note to self: not all bike route technology is bad.
As we made our way into the wine country today, we decided that we couldn’t pass through without some wine tasting. So we made beautiful Domaine Carneros our rest stop. There we enjoyed some delicious Pinot Noir while interviewing Kelvin, our host, about why he loves his job (for the documentary). But alas, we spent a bit too long enjoying the winery because….
Then there was Rain
I had a vision of riding across the country with sunshine dancing on my shoulders from state to state. This afternoon I repainted that vision, as liquid sunshine came pouring from the sky. Soaking wet, shivering, and navigating rush hour traffic, I had to stop in Napa. I had had enough of this version of the adventure for one day.
Miles for today: 44
Total mileage: 94.31
Total interviews for the documentary: 7
Animal citings: a hawk, a turkey, lots of cows
Road kill count: 8
Destination tomorrow: Sacramento