Monday, November 3, 2014

Bike trip down the California coast, Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara

Sept 2014,  Bike trip down the California coast
Day 5, Pismo Beach to Lompoc

Hey look at our awesome socks!  Thanks L! 
This is before we used them :)

Ummm, I don't have any actual photos from that day.  All inland, so not the most scenic.  We went past a lot of farmland...with a lot of folks picking lettuce and strawberries in the hot sun....the only town is Santa Maria which has a cemetery at one end and the only public bathroom in town at the gas station on the other end.  
It does end on a highlight though-we were staying in an area of Lompoc called the Wine Ghetto-seriously, it was advertised on the city signs and had the best dinner!  Floriano's Mexican Food-carne asada fries and the manwich burrito. 

Here are some photos from our ride into Pismo Beach.
up up up we go

yeah-the top!

Me and my bike!
Despite this day being less than inspiring, I would do it again for the sake of the whole trip-which was awesome!

Day 6, Lompoc to Carpentia
Leaving Lompc (wait, is this Lompoc...hmmm, close enough).  Okay, at this point I admit that I am feeling a bit tired.  The quads are tired and complainy when off the bike.  The funny thing is they stop hurting on day 7....the day we stop riding!!

The morning ride is super nice though, not much with the traffic, the cloud cover keeps me from being too warm.  There is a fellow cyclists with full paniers.  I pass him, he passes me, I pass him, he passes me.
We are not at the ocean though, so it looks a lot like this.

And then highway 1 and 101 join
here is what it looks like from the closed rest stop.  Bonus-on a bike, you can get off at the rest stop anyway and there is usually a port a potty!  I do this for a mile and then call my support car because I don't like biking with semis passing me every minute.  Luckily only 15 miles down the road the very friendly and well signed trail begins again.

If there was a sign saying Pacific Coast Trail, we took it!
It is a great ride through Santa Barbara and to the outskirts of Carpenteria where we had our best meal of the trip at Zookers.  We all had lovely drinks and seafood dinners

OMG we made it, me, Rickshaw and DancinTurtle.  If you want more awesome photos of our trip and way better writing, check out DancinTurtles blog.  Really, she is way funnier than I am!
Big thanks to Rickshaw for carrying my food and stuff in her panniers!

Couldn't have done it without our trusty support car-also the puzzle master who got 3 bikes on the rack so that we didn't have to make the return trip by bike too :)

Shout out to Ben who is WALKING across the USA.  This is why I love this-you think you are kind of nuts and then you meet someone who is more nuts AND more awesome.  We met him just before he was getting to Bixby Bridge-check out his post on that experience!

I was very good with sunscreen on the face and shoulders....but not with the knuckles-here is my biking gloves tan :0

And finally, banana man
We know he eats at least 10 bananas a day at regularly spaced intervals.  And then he drops the peel IN THE BIKE LANE.  Seriously, what kind of cyclist does that to the other cyclists.  Sigh!

1 comment:

  1. Very helpful as I try to recall things for the posts I'm writing! Though we are in disagreement about the order of some of the events. Leaving Lompoc was day 7, so that was the day Rickshaw and I tried to include the Chinese character for 7 in our photo. So at least that one I'm sure of. I think your photo is of Sand Castle Inn in Seaside.