We woke up on a mission! We were going to find Glass Beach no matter what. We went to the entrance and talked to one of the rangers. They told us that it was actually 4 miles south. This was perfect because that is exactly the way we are going! After skidding in the gravel along the way and taking some videos for fun, we met up with Team Canada, Zoe and Rob, at Glass Beach. There was a sign and everything. We went down and saw a bunch of people scavenging the beach. We climbed down the cliff and there it was. Glass everywhere! It really was covered with glass! There was a dump a long time ago just up the hill and after all of the years of dumping it into the ocean, all that remains is perfectly rounded beach glass. It literally covers the entire beach. Green, clear and brown glass is abundant. Pretty neat stuff. After playing in the glass for a while, we were on our way. Along the way was the coastal town of Mendocino. I was really excited to visit this town. It is just gorgeous! Right on the ocean, beautiful houses, a cute downtown and the Mendocino Art Center! I was in a show juried by Christa Assad called "To Go" earlier this year and I was excited to tour the art center. We met Derek, who is the head of the ceramics department. He was super nice and showed us around. It's a really neat place! It's cool to see places you send your work but are unable to make it to the show, especially on the other side of the country! On our way out of Mendocino we met up with Team Canada and the guy from Seattle. It is really fun when you randomly meet up with people you know again. We took a really panoramic cool picture with Seattle's iPhone on the edge of a cliff. After that, he sped off ahead of us, never to be seen again. Some people come and go, others come and stay for a while. We stopped in Elk, CA for lunch. We had more great sandwiches, these claimed to be "World Famous," at Elk Store. This is a really cute convenience store with hardwood floors, an old enamel food case and fantastic sandwiches. They even had Abita Root Beer which is made in Louisiana! I began to love that stuff after touring the facilities earlier this summer while visiting a friend. After lunch, we set out and ran into Team Canada several times throughout the day. Highway 1 is not as cyclist friendly as 101 due to a lack of a shoulder. This makes things a bit scarier, but we are doing fine so far. The road winds away and towards the ocean when the coast juts in and out. This makes for really fun, fast descents and difficult, curvy ascents right away. I'd say the descents are worth it! There was a straightaway in which we encountered the craziest of scenes. A vulture flew out of the trees that were to the right of us right in front of me. An old Winnebago was driving towards us and the vulture flew right into the corner of it at full speed. The vulture flies past me and heads towards Derek. It smashes to the ground and skids a while. Derek and I stop to see if it is dead. It lays there for a bit and then somehow stands up. It is still for a moment, then kind of shakes his head as if to say, "Whew!" It was acting just like a human. It then immediately flies away as if nothing happened. I could not believe my eyes! Amazing. We kept riding and eventually ended up at a KOA. I was hesitant to stay there, since we had only been staying at State Parks. I will admit the hot tub and free showers were very welcoming. As Derek and I were enjoying the hot tub, who walks up but Justin! We had split off from him days ago. He was doing the Lost Coast Alternate route which had some insanely steep climbs. I can't believe we ended up together again! After making dinner with Team Canada and Justin we talked for a while and went to sleep feeling pretty good.