The town of Santa Rosa lies in Sonoma county and was my first brush with the renowned vineyard country of California. It was the stuff that fables are made of. The streets were lined with neo classical Spanish architecture and have a wonderful European charm to them. The cafes and shops were a delight to enter, each one with a distinctive character of their own.
I had heard of the famous Russian River Brewing Company which had earned the title of the best draught beer in America recently. I was keen to sample it so I wheeled Quest and myself to the town square where it was located. When I reached there I realised that it was immensely popular, as no less than two hundred people lined the way to the entrance. With a fully packed bicycle in tow there was no way I would get in there so I made my way to another brewery instead.
Santa Rosa was a delightful but expensive town to stay in for more than a day or two, but I did make it to the Charles Schulz ‘Peanuts’ museum. It was entertaining and quite well curated. After spending a couple of hours there and having lunch at the cafe I tootled off to find a place to stay in the outskirts of town.
I stayed at a motel in the outskirts of town which cost me USD 25 for the night. The room was tiny and not well kept but it had a bed and a clean shower. The following morning I cycled to a nearby cafe for breakfast and the waitress there, once she got to know about my journey made a big announcement to all the diners and the whole restaurant clapped for me!