After a good night sleep our team was high energy and ready to go. We started with a beautiful overcast day riding to the Capital of Sacramento where we had a warm welcome of many cyclists that rode with us to our next stop. Jim Brown from Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA) lead our ride after he shared important information regarding bicycle safety and sharing the road with vehicles. Jim also told us about many improvements that have been made in the area. We passed many fellow cyclists and the kids in our group were smiling ear to ear. Jim lead us to the corner of 58th Ave and Fruitridge Rd where he explained the blessing of a much needed traffic light after a terrible tragedy when 16 year old Michelle Murigi lost her life trying to cross the busy street.
Our team thanked everyone for this great sendoff as we rode south. Thanks to Vanessa for driving our support van and giving us a chance to all ride together. With great momentum Vanessa joined us on her bike and finished the day riding with us. She had to take the train back at 10:30pm to make it to work in the morning.
The ride was pretty flat, and we saw goats, bison, cows and a zebra! The view changed with strawberries, corn, grapes and even a last minute wine tasting 5 miles before we arrived to meet our evening hosts. We finished almost 50 miles in Lodi and met our awesome hosts Jerry and Jeanette. They opened up their outdoor living room to us. We loved their outdoor kitchen/dining with fire pit and hot tub, our own hot shower and coffee pot with coffee for the morning. We will sleep in their garage with 14 bikes a canoe and some fold up beds and air mattresses. Very cozy… slumber party!! Tomorrow will be a big day with school visits and more miles to pedal.
Posted by Darlene