SFO TO MONTARA LIGHTHOUSE 35 KMS 13.11.2016

Cycling out of San Francisco was not easy. I had a rather long way to go on this day and I did not want to tire myself out lugging my bike and gear on its steep streets, so I took the metro to the Vallemar Station which was towards the city limits and cycled onwards from there.  The suburbs were absolutely wonderful and while the roads in some sections were rather steep, it was a great day. I sweated in the sun, and pushed the bicycle on many a street. I finally reached Hi Point Hostel at Montara Lighthouse around 3 pm and changed my plan on pushing ahead for the campground at Half Moon Bay, and chose to stay at the hostel itself. It was to be my first and often dreamt of, stay at a lighthouse site by a cliff overlooking the sea! The hostel was in the old and converted home of the staff that ran the lighthouse when it was operational. It was first built in 1875 and it had originally had a kerosene lantern and then was equipped with a fresnel lens. The hostel itself was quite nice and cozy and the staff very friendly.

 

 

Dhruv Bogra was born in 1968 in Shimla. His father was an officer in the Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army and he grew up amidst the structured life of the cantonment. The turning point in his childhood came when he was sent to Sherwood College in Nainital for a few years. The boarding school life ignited Dhruv’s love for the mountains and nature. Subsequently he completed schooling from The Army Public School in Delhi and graduated with History Honors from the University of Delhi and is an alumni of the International Management Institute, New Delhi. Dhruv is an adventure and endurance cyclist who had cycled extensively in the Indian Himalayas and Western Ghats on his mountain bike before he embarked on an epic, solo and unsupported 15,000 km cycling journey from Deadhorse in Alaska to Cusco in Peru from June 2016 to August 2017. In doing so, he became the first Indian citizen to cycle solo and unsupported from Deadhorse in Alaska to Panama in Central America. Dhruv has spent the last 30 years working at leading multinationals and large Indian corporates. He has held many senior leadership roles in the retail industry in companies such as Titan Industries, Bestseller Retail and Adidas. He is currently the Country Manager for the fashion brand ‘Forever New’ in India. ‘Grit, Gravel and Gear’ is his maiden book. Subsequently, he has written a second book on his Himalayan adventures on a bicycle – called ‘Away’. Dhruv wrote Away in 40 days during the intial Lockdown in India to inspire people to embrace the outdoors and nature.

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