View from the top of the hill in Fairfax
We woke up and had a lazy morning with Roxanne and her parents. We left late and with Justin. We were headed to Sausalito, which was less than 30 miles away, so we knew we could take it easy. On our way out, we came across who else but the people with the cool trailer and Wagoneer! What are the chances?! They did the whole trip at the exact same speed as us. They were definitely smelling the roses. After riding out of Samuel P Taylor we hit the town of Fairfax. This was a very ritzy, but cool, town. It had a neat downtown with a ton of restaurants. We asked for suggestions and the Thai place was recommended. You can't really go wrong wit Thai, right? The place was empty, but tasted great. After lunch, we continued riding and met up with another guy who was on his way to San Diego. We started climbing a hill and as soon as we got to the top, I knew we were close. Justin took off with the new guy while Derek and I took a break. That was the last time we saw him. Good luck! We looked down the hill and could see Sausalito and the Bay. Pretty great. It was crazy knowing that we were almost done with this part of our journey! It seems like just yesterday we were dropped off on the coast of Oregon. One more day and we would be crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. We sped down the hill and found ourselves in Sausalito. It is a beautiful, VERY expensive town on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. We went to a Starbucks to recoup and figure out what we were going to do that night. We realized that the campsite we were planning on staying at was 10 miles back AND up a hill. No thanks. I logged onto WARM SHOWERS, a website that helps bicycle tourers find a place to stay the night, similar to Couch Surfing. I called the first number I found in Sausalito and they answered! She said yes and met us outside the Starbucks. She offered to take our bags up for us because the hill was steep. We complied and set off up the hill. She warned us it would be steep. Guess what, it was STEEP! 10% grade! I don't think I would have made it up with the bags. Well, I know I wouldn't make it. It was a beautiful winding road with stellar houses all around. We got to their place and went inside. The view was magnificent! You could see the Sausalito hills, the Bay, Alcatraz and San Francisco. The fog was rolling in. Priceless view. The people we stayed with were bicycle tourers themselves and were actually headed out to Seattle in the morning to go riding! I can't believe they were nice enough to house us while being so busy. Bicyclists are another breed... We took showers, talked with them for a bit and were off to bed. Tomorrow is the big day!