Stella has kindly agreed to send along a daily report of their progress as well as observations of the people and places that make up our nation.
Yesterday’s trip to Ukiah farmer’s market was a great way to get a feel for the local area. Our hosts, Nancy’s cousins Dennis and Peggy, sold tasty organic produce alongside other producers at the weekly event. After a tasty lunch we headed back up to Smart Mountain Farm and helped out a little bit with collecting eggs, picking strawberries and minor vehicle maintenance.
Mike left a Toyota pick-up running on a piece of household wire in place of no. 3 ignition wire – not up to his usual standards, haha, but it worked (as a purely temporary fix of course!).
We all enjoyed the beautiful mountaintop setting and the good company, not to mention the delicious and nutritious meals Peggy made. It was hard to tear ourselves away this morning so we weren’t on the road until 1pm.
The route today gave us plenty of coastline views, but we also loved the golden mountain scenery, river valleys, and incredible giant redwood trees. A friendly hitchhiker joined us for part of the journey including a stop on the beach.
The driving along both coast and mountain bends kept Mike on his toes in the MGA. Electrical gremlins are still alive – Mike used a jumper cable across a brake light switch to ensure bright taillights for the last stretch of road to Fortuna, where we’ve stopped for the night.
Tomorrow will be our last day on the coast road, destination Oregon!