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Fri Apr-27 Backroads Day 6: 45.0 bike miles, Healdsburg, Big Sur, Post Ranch Inn, Sierra Mar
After a quick breakfast we got back on the bikes and headed north on Highway 1 for about 10 miles, enjoying the views of the ocean and surf and hills at every turn. Then we headed inland along the Russian River, stopping in Monte Rio for a scrumptious bear claw and latte at the Gold Coast Coffee and Bakery in Duncans Mills. We rode on to the Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve, where we gulped down our picnic lunch and then continued on to J. Rochioli Vineyards for a quick taste, and then made a final push to Healdsburg and the Madrona Manor Inn. We rode 45.0 miles in 3.4 hours for an 13.2 mph average -- a nice cruiser ride to finish the trip! Over the six days we rode 286.4 miles in 23.3 hours (thanks to Lisa's bike GPS for the detailed statistics), for an average speed of 12.3 miles per hour!

We showered, dressed, grabbed our bags and rental car, and then drove south through San Francisco, arriving at Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur in just under five hours (Friday afternoon traffic). We had a lovely meal at Sierra Mar accompanied by a Krug N.V. Champagne and a 1996 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain. For dessert we had a glass of 1989 Rieussec and 1971 Don PX Gran Riserva.

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