We were very pleased to roll in to Mendocino for a hot drink and warm up. First impressions were of a delightful town but as each shop we approached closed (it was 4.00pm) we were getting a little desperate. However, those closures turned out to be a blessing in disguise. We found a shop called 'Frankies' that served fabulous food and had an atmosphere to match.
We were pleasantly surprised when a few kilometers inland the cloud disappeared, the sun came out and it was the most glorious late afternoon ever. Hard to imagine the differences in such a short distance, but there were no complaints here. We found ourselves riding through the beautiful Sonoma Valley, full of wineries and heavily fruited orchards. It was glorious. The early evening light made the surroundings glow.
David & Candi cooked up a fabulous meal for us all, washed down with some great local wines. Much chatter ensued and we enjoyed sitting back, relaxing and being looked after, especially after the last two long days. It couldn't have been a nicer evening.