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July 4, 2007

After the last time I tried to set off, I took a drive north to Point Reyes National Seashore.  I wanted to see if I could find a better place to launch my boat.  On my way there, I stopped at Bolinas but decided it would not be a good starting point.

Later that day, I went even further north to Bodega Bay.  I talked to fishermen, who are most familiar with weather at sea.  They said the wind usually calms down during the night and is very calm by morning.  This was a good place to set off, but I still need a break in the weather.

On June 30, I rode my bike to Olema.  There is a visitor center there where people can learn more about the San Andreas fault line.  A fault line is a place where earthquakes occur.

I rode my bike to Bodega Bay again on July 2.  Then I drove with my friends, Vanya and Eve, to Olema.  Vanya helped the famous rower Peter Bird with his trips in the 1990s.

On the way, we passed the ocean and the waters were dead calm.  There were no strong winds at all.  I said, “Darn, I could have set off from Bodega right now.”  But I had driven a car instead of riding my bike.  My whole journey has to be human powered, so I moved on to dinner. 

My friend brought me my bike later in the day and I rode back to Bodega Bay.  The weather sure did change!  Dark clouds were racing overhead.

The weather early next week looks better.  I plan on setting off from Bodega Bay, now that I rode my bike here.

*Entry adapted for grades 5-8 by Andrea Rogers

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