We started our journey today with a bus pickup at a no-name turnout about 4 miles south of Point Arena (Mendocino County MP 10.7). As we flagged down the bus, the driver turned on his blinker, slowed, pulled over, then revved the engine right past us – “Really? You’re not gonna pick us up?” I have no idea what all the fanfare was about (mistook the gas for the brake?) – but he did stop immediately thereafter!
It was another foggy & cold start to the day, but the sun did eventually come out in the last few miles. We were almost entirely in farmland, with a group of curious Jersey cows that wanted to high-five me with their noses. (I’m showing off my country-girl-dairyland heritage here with the Jersey identification, haha!). I obliged with every extended wet nose, and I’m proud to say that I didn’t hit the Purell until lunchtime.
This time we really couldn’t see the ocean until the last quarter mile, but the area with the bovine welcoming committee was in a stretch of highway that appears to be closed periodically because of flooding. They had entry/exit gates that could be closed, and we did pass some flood gauges that went above the 5′ mark.
I hope they have high ground available for our friendly cows when that happens!
I have to say my pictures today weren’t the greatest – but I do like to include one with every post, so here’s my best offering… I’ve fallen in love with ‘naked ladies’, aka Belladonna Amaryllis/Lily. They’re blooming everywhere here, and when I saw them on the side of this outbuilding with the bike just hanging out, I gave it a shot. I had to use my digital zoom ’cause it was rather far away from the road, so the sharpness is actually a little ‘soft’:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~ Romans 15:13