Subject: Finishers Wander - Finished
Date: Wed, 05 May 2004 18:25:15 -0700
May 4 - Ukiah, California
There hasn't been much to report these last days. I find memories around
almost every corner as I get closer. I occasionally catch myself thinking
about things I will have to do when I get home, things to fix, people to
contact. Then I force those thoughts away and watch for more memories. The
southern Oregon coast gives way to the California border, and suddenly it just
feels 'right'. Crossing back into "my California" is like turning into the
long driveway at grandma's house on Thanksgiving morning. Of course it is
raining slightly in Crescent City. I don't think I have EVER been in Crescent
City that it hasn't rained. But on I go and by Eureka the skies are beginning
to clear. My California is bright sun, a blue sky you only see in travel ads,
and unhurried stillness in the Avenue of the Giants redwoods.
The beginning of the Mayacmas Mountain range marks the transition from rugged national forest land to cultivation (not counting the cultivated forest, wink wink). Here is the finest vinicultural area in the world, and these two valleys, Sonoma and Alexander, produce my favorites. The hillside vines are settling into their business for the season. The wine cellar names are all familiar, many of which are in my cellar. So close to home. So close. But it is a long enough day. Hey! There's a Motel 6 :)
Coos Bay US101 Ukiah
May 5 - home
The Indian warrior would mount his steed and embrace the battle shouting "Today is a Good Day to Die!". I mount mine and embrace the last day of travel with: Today is a Good Day to Ride.
Slowly, now ...
Ukiah US101 San Francisco
Sam Lepore, San Francisco
9593 miles total