Final Stretch

I had three hundred miles left to go before my trip was over. Time was running out, and I needed to be in Santa Cruz by the 4th for my summer job as a camp counselor. Coincidentally enough, I met a cyclist heading the same direction, with enthusiasm we set out for Davis in the early light. 

Ted leading the way into the headwind

Ted leading the way into the headwind

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Finding an organic fruit stand in Yuba City/Knights Landing

Finding an organic fruit stand in Yuba City/Knights Landing

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The most delicious fruit I've ever tasted

The most delicious fruit I've ever tasted

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Finally made it to Davis, though we were definitely exhausted. A steady headwind throughout the day ripped us to shreds, and we ate over three pounds worth of bananas to keep the cramping at bay. Ted had a friend that we were staying the night with, and we headed out to get some food after a long days ride.

Shane and Ted

Shane and Ted

"The Annihilator" at Redrum Burger. 1 pound of beef, with bacon and everything on it.

"The Annihilator" at Redrum Burger. 1 pound of beef, with bacon and everything on it.

Driving over to sneak into the UC Davis student housing pool

Driving over to sneak into the UC Davis student housing pool

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"Do we just hop the fence?" 

"Do we just hop the fence?" 

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Nail biting games of pool with the local natives

Nail biting games of pool with the local natives

Well deserved sleep

Well deserved sleep

Heading out the next morning for Daly City

Heading out the next morning for Daly City

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Long stretches of road

Long stretches of road

Finding a Mongolian BBQ buffet a few miles from American Canyon. 

Finding a Mongolian BBQ buffet a few miles from American Canyon. 

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Ted and I were about 8 miles from the Vallejo ferry building when we realized that we were running out of time. The plan was to ride the ferry from Vallejo to San Fransisco, then cruise on down to Daly City for the night -- but I was getting the creeping feeling that something was wrong. 

"Oh no dude, we might miss the ride over." 

"What time does it leave?"  

We were at the crest of a hill, catching our breath. The sun was sinking over the horizon, illuminating the city with its golden eyelashes, and in the distance we could see the tightly knit weave of concrete that we had yet to slide through.  

"I think it arrives at 5:45, but it's like a half hour trip to get to SF, so probably around 5 or so." 

We both glance at our watches, and then instantly regret it. 

4:49.

 

Hauling some serious booty in this last stretch

Hauling some serious booty in this last stretch

Making it just in time for the ferry to San Fransisco! 

Making it just in time for the ferry to San Fransisco! 

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Meeting up with Andrew and heading to get some Mexican Food

Meeting up with Andrew and heading to get some Mexican Food

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Ted and Andrew

Ted and Andrew

The most satisfying caesadilla I have ever devoured. 

The most satisfying caesadilla I have ever devoured. 

We slept well that night. Ted had only begun his journey, as his final destination was Ventura -- but my heart was racing. Only 90 more miles until I reach Santa Cruz, then my tour is over. It's a weird feeling knowing that something you have put so much effort, blood, and tears will conclude by the end of the day. I made pancakes, and appreciated the moment.

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Ted was meeting with two of his friends for the rest of the journey -- Geoff and Tristan. We met up with them early the next morning, and set our sights for Big Sur. 

 

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From left: Tristan, me, Geoff, and Ted.  Stoked for adventure! We're a literal bike gang!

From left: Tristan, me, Geoff, and Ted.  Stoked for adventure! We're a literal bike gang!

The first mile: no trouble, then Geoff broke a spoke. No worries though, it all worked out -- though we planned to stop at the closest bike shop.

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Back on the road

Back on the road

Our average speed

Our average speed

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Stopping at a fruit stand a few miles from Santa Cruz.  

This guy.  

This guy.  

I traded bananas for some amazing apricots

I traded bananas for some amazing apricots

The gang!  

The gang!  

WE MADE IT

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Planning the next route

Planning the next route

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I stayed at my friend Chloe's house for the night, then left the next morning for my summer job. 

Chloe

Chloe

Breakfast: trail mix pancakes w/ bananas and coconut, bacon and a peanut butter and banana wrap.  Basically using up all my leftover food.

Breakfast: trail mix pancakes w/ bananas and coconut, bacon and a peanut butter and banana wrap.  Basically using up all my leftover food.

The ride up. 

The ride up. 

Made it! 

Made it! 

Thanks to everyone who donated food during my journey, and for the neverending support. Stay tuned, I'm doing some cool stuff and can't wait to share it with you!  

Much love, 

Enoch R. Cincotta

Shoutout to Bedrock Sandals, Enlightened Equipment, Salsa Bikes, Old Man Mountain, Arcteryx, and Ortlieb for making some bombproof products!