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Day 17: San Francisco to Santa Cruz
October 21, 2009, 10:29 am
Filed under: BLOGS

Yes, I have to admit the long days of riding are effecting my after ride blogging ritual.  I am sorry.  Here is the highlights from the past two days.

Finally, after a great rest day in San Francisco, we departed the rainy city a little later than expected, and pedaled south into a nasty headwind all day long.

The ride started out slow, especially due to poor navigation through San Fran and some flat tires…typical. Then there was the south wind, rain and cloudy damp weather that would put a damper on the whole day.  This was not the best way to continue our ride after a great, relaxing, recovery day in the city.

The group separated once again, Steiner, Pep and our Canadian (Oh Canadian Eh?) friend took the lead after Jackie and myself had multiple flat tires. Then Jackie decided to call it a day halfway through the ride to assist our new support driver, Alex Obrien.  Maybe she wasn’t there to assist, but to help socialize with the hitchhiker that was picked up in Half Moon Bay who was doing the same ride as us. You meet some interesting people out on the road.

Half Moon Bay, houses one of the ride’s supporters, Go Pro Camera and Mavrick’s, the big wave mecca offshore break.  So after a quick stop at the Go Pro offices, Jesse and myself continued our drafting game to Santa Cruz, which was long and grueling.  Even the weather wasn’t as beautiful as it has been recently, so the amazing scenic ocean views weren’t up to par with the rest of the ride, although they were quite amazing.  Not to mention the amount of pumpkin farms and paths along Route 1.  I think I wore my voice out yelling to Jesse, “It’s the great pumpkin Charlie Brown” all afternoon long.

We arrived in Santa Cruz around 6:00pm about an hour after the first crew, and made a quick decision to clean up and hit the town for some Mexican food to recharge our rundown, sore and tired bodies.  The weather for the rest of the week and ride looks very promising so that is keeping out spirits high during the cloudy, wet weather. Tomorrow we have a long day to Big Sur so bedtime soon followed.

Two more days till Sherry, Ayla, and Tal meet up for some riding with the crew so everyone is very excited.

Till then…


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OMG! That sunset is amazing. You are all amazing. The pictures are a wonderful testament to your ride and the cause. You all have amazing endurance and strength. Yes, I have used amazing too many times. Jackie and the crew continue to stay safe and have fun. Love, Mom Paaso

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