July 2 - Lucia to Ragged Point
The previous day had been the worst. After that it was just fun again.
My alarm clock rang at 7:45 and I got up at 8:00. It had been so silent during the night but as I already mentioned I had lots of weird dreams, so I didn't feel that rested as I should. But my back didn't hurt anymore from walking my bike steep uphill and so I felt ready for the upcoming day.
I had breakfast in my room again and then I met Christoph and we went to the reception to get registered.
Then we were walking around the hermitage and I took some pictures and enjoyed the view as far as this was possible because it was cloudy and misty that morning.
|the common kitchen|
|there was also a small library in the kitchen|
|the monks were very keen on separating the garbage|
(=> reminded me a lot of Germany:-) )
|Christoph's room was the left one, my one the right one|
|we were really hidden in the mountain|
|the monk's small chapel|
|inside the chapel_1|
|inside the chapel_2|
|the guests' rooms|
|we were above the fog|
We started biking at 11:00 and it was just a pleasure to go downhill for 3.33 km (hermitage to Lucia, about 15 minutes ride because we had to take some breaks again: Christoph's tires were so small and hitting the brakes all the time caused such a heat that we had to stop and wait for the brakes to cool down again).
|the sign on Highway 1 that indicated the way to the hermitage|
|my favourite sign from the previous day:-)|
|on the way to Gorda|
|who recognized Christoph's new black windstopper?:-)|
At our lunchplace we met a family from Denmark and the father told us that they had rented a motorhome and had 5 weeks to travel around California. He could also tell us that Spain had won the European Championships (so far we had no idea who the winner was:-).
|our lunchplace in Gorda|
|Christoph leaning his bike against the bannister of the patio|
|to the left our lunchplace|
|to the right of our lunchplace|
=> that was the whole town "Gorda":-)
( the 2nd half of that day-trip felt again more like walking or hiking than biking:-) ).
That day we had a little bit wind but less traffic (it was a Monday and no weekend anymore).
|on the way to Ragged Point|
|our room was on the top floor of that building|
From 19:10 to 20:30 we had a nice dinner in a pretty elegant restaurant (we had cloth napkins instead of paper napkins => what a change!).
Then we went grocery shopping (breakfast and drinks) and prepared our last tour stage. Internet didn't work (it was an external provider we had to pay for but we couldn't get to the payment page already...). When I went down to the receptionist she was kind of unfriendly and felt disturbed (I guess she was talking privately on the phone:.-) and told me that she had no idea about the internet and that she didn't have internet access either.
Luckily Christoph and I had made a copy of the bus schedule so we could look up the location and time of the bus we had to take the following day.
Because our alarm clock would rang very early the next morning we went to bed at 23:00h.
|sunset from our window|
Tour stage: Lucia to Ragged Point
Distance: 42.87 km
Total time (breaks included): 11:00 - 17:45
Average speed: 13.44 km/h
Real running time: 3h 11 min