Day 4 • March 5, 2012 • Jenner to Tomales • 28 miles
As predicted we had a little rain overnight and woke up to fog. We decided to wait for better visibility on the road and took our time checking out of the Jenner Inn. We didn’t get on the road until after noon but by then the skies were clearing and the fog was gone. However the ocean was decidedly angrier than yesterday with strong winds all day. The Pacific Coast route that we’re on is the only Adventure Cycling route with a recommended travel direction—north to south. This is because the prevailing winds along the west coast are northwest. This has proven true for us so far; on the days that matter, where the winds are highest, they’ve always been at our back. We’ve seen two or three sets of touring cyclists going north and felt a bit sorry for them. We haven’t seen any travelling in our direction yet but of course the likelihood of this is much less than running into cyclists travelling the opposite direction.
After having lunch and stocking up on groceries at the excellent market in Valley Ford, we left Sonoma County and entered Marin. At the same time both the traffic density and quality of Highway 1 diminished noticeably. And soon after that the wind picked way up and the cloud level dropped back down to the ground. By the time we got to the town of Tomales we were scrambling for shelter. This time we deliberated less and didn’t ask for permission– a couple of friendly locals independently suggested checking out a little park along Keyes Creek just south of town and that’s where we went. It was a little cramped but we were able to tuck our trikes and tent behind some bushes and avoid attracting unnecessary attention. We had a good night’s sleep, only vaguely aware of some pretty heavy rain during the night.