California 🥾 (November 21st-December 9th) December 9thThe EndDecember 9thDecember 9thDecember 9thFaith's tread in the sandDecember 9thDipping my toes in the PacificDecember 9thDecember 9thDecember 9thDecember 9thDecember 9thMy familyDecember 9thThe finish lineDecember 9thDecember 9th17% grade! I've never seen such a thing before!December 9thMy mom, grandmother, and grandfather, accompanying me on my final walkDecember 9thAlmost thereDecember 9thDecember 9thThe road to the beachDecember 9thDecember 9thMy favorite street sign. Fits today.December 9thDecember 9thDecember 6thFree cupcake, courtesy of one kind Point Reyes Station localDecember 6thAn unattended Farmer's Market stand operating on an honors system-I am surprised to see such a thing hereDecember 6thDecember 6thFiremen at Marin County Fire Department offered to let me fill my water bottles in their station, and gave me some salami!December 6thDecember 6thThe California countrysideDecember 6thAfter all this time, nearly 8 months of lugging this dog leash around, I think it's finally time to throw it awayDecember 5thElevation is 17ft. 29 miles left to go. If I were at this same longitude further south, I’d be swimming in the pacific already!December 5thPetaluma, CaliforniaDecember 4thDecember 4thEntering dairy countryDecember 4thCouldn't help but snag a few feathersDecember 4thA barn owl! The first time I've seen one in the flesh. A remarkable sight, even if it's dead and waterloggedDecember 4thTwo days ago, Faith's front wheel snapped off. Today, Colleen & her husband, Rob--the sweetest couple I had the pleasure of meeting a few weeks ago--drove Faith to a local welding shop, who fixed Faith for FREE! They then sent me this photo. Thank you Carl's Welding & Repair!!December 4thNapa, California is wine countryDecember 4thDowntown Napa, CaliforniaDecember 3rdMy Couchsurfing host packed me lunch for the day!December 3rdReturned to where I left off on RT. 121; we had unsettled business. Today, I'm without Faith.December 3rdRT. 121 claimed one life today.December 3rdMy Couchsurfing host's residenceDecember 2ndCaught a ride.December 2ndA beautiful view, coupled with a nightmare roadDecember 2ndThe worst road I have ever walked onDecember 2ndMy hands haven't been completely dry in over 24 hoursDecember 2ndIn the top 3 worst nights of my walk. The rain never let up. Never. I remained cold, wet, and miserable every waking second.December 1stDecember 1stDecember 1stPeacock!November 30thNovember 29thI know what I want my front porch to look like nowNovember 29thF A I T HNovember 29thLeaving SacramentoNovember 29thNovember 29thDowntown Sacramento!November 28thGod I hope the forecast changes sooner than laterNovember 26thMy Sacramento host has a map in her guestroom where guests put an emoji over their home base. Added my own.November 26thSo far the roads in California are not impressing meNovember 25thFaith's axle broke 🙁November 25thNever seen a trail where walkers are expected to stick to the left hand side and bikers the right, usually it's flip flopped. No matter, I'm happy enough to be on a trail againNovember 24thLeaving the Sierras behind. Good riddance Rt. 50.November 24thAnother great horned owl! This is the second I've found in the last two weeks!November 24thNovember 23rdCalifornia, keeping it classy with its roadside attractionsNovember 23rdThe mile markers on RT. 50 are literal gravestones and I don't know if I should love or hate thatNovember 23rdWest.November 23rdLovers LeapNovember 22ndNovember 22ndOh the joy of being able to take single track trails - I've been missing out with FaithNovember 22ndCrossing paths with the Pacific Crest Trail!November 22ndGoing up my last mountain passNovember 22ndThe pine trees here are HUGENovember 22ndMy South Lake Tahoe host, Keith, graciously agreed to drive Faith ahead, so I get to backpack down the Sierras without her.November 21stMy last state. It's a surreal moment.