[ Day 29 — July 11, 2012 ]
Erin and I spent the night at Bodega Dunes, just outside the Bay Area’s northern boundary. We continued south the next morning, following Highway 1 past Tomales Bay and turning onto Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at Olema. For me, this marked the transition from what felt familiar to what was actually familiar territory.
In truth, I recall few landmarks from that day. As the trip drew to a close, I became less interested in the landscape and more interested in my touring partner.
We spent our final night together at Samuel Taylor State Park, near Lagunitas. At the campground, we claimed a secluded corner of the hiker/biker site, sheltered by noble redwoods and sprightly ferns. These trees stood tall long before we were born and would remain standing long after we were gone. I felt humbled but content with the narrow boundaries of my own life, with its fleeting moments of intimacy, exhilaration, and connection. With circumstances as plethoric as my own, it’s scarcity that gives meaning. I was—am—more than OK with that.
[ Daily Miles: 40 ] [ Total Miles: 1590 ]