Saturday, September 4, 2010

Day 60: Napa, CA - San Francisco, CA

Time: 6:06:41
Distance: 97.06km
Average Speed: 15.8km/h

We started our day cycling through the wine area of Napa Valley stopping to eat the sweetest grapes I've ever tasted on the roadside every now and again. It was possible to use bike paths for most of the journey today aswell as a few quiet roads. My back tire started to warp a bit as we were passing through San Rafael where we stopped to eat. We were in a Mexican restaurant eating Burritos when a loud explosion went off outside. The whole restaurant went silent and the people outside stopped moving. I was pretty sure it was my tire and I was right. It had torn a 3 inch hole and the tube had an even bigger one. I used my last spare tire and tube and headed for Sausalito, the last town before the Golden Gate Bridge. Crossing the bridge is a really fitting way to end such a long cycle. It takes a good while to cross as it is nearly 3km long so it really hits you in the most obvious way that the cycle is complete.

We did this cycle to try to raise a grand for The Irish Cancer Society. To donate to the Irish Cancer Society please click here
Thanks to everyone who has donated already.


  1. Well done lads! I'm delighted for you.

  2. Congratulations Paul and Ryan. Pete and i are glad we could host you and be a part of your trip if only as a small part of the big picture.


  3. Well done completing the trip, the new speed record, all the flat tires replaced and to those mighty beards!

  4. well done guys!! great blog.... you made me feel jealous... though i could feel the pain :)

  5. I haven't read it yet, just scanned, but CONGRATS ! I'm excited for you !

  6. congrats, fellas!!! this is really exciting to read! glad i got to be a part of it.

  7. nice you actually did it! ryan what r u gonna do with that piece of s___ bike? i'll give you 50 bucks for it. haha. (seriously)

    If i ever do a ride like this i'll surely remember to get double-thick tubes! (if there is such a thing).

    congrats on the ride and good blogging guys, Dan from I.C.

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