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Day 18: Santa Cruz to Big Sur
October 21, 2009, 10:36 am
Filed under: BLOGS

One would think that 10 hours of sleep would be enough for anyone, but I beg to differ.  Waking up this morning was not easy, but after an amazing breakfast and about 6 cups of coffee at a Brazilian restaurant in Santa Cruz (One of Steiner’s “Zones”), I and the crew were fully charged for the sunny day ride in front of us.

We left our hotel and rode along the coast to meet up and say big “Hello” to freeskiing’s super star’s Cody Townsend and Elise.  Great to see you two for the brief time that we did.  You guys rock and we are all coming back to catch some waves right outside your house ASAP!

The weather website we checked the night before was apparently lying about the wind situation for today with its prediction of north/northwest winds, but instead the wind we a terrible cross/headwind all day.  Spectacular actually…

The ride brought us through gorgeous beach Pacific beach roads to huge farm rich land consisting of strawberry field and other fields filled with fruits and vegetables.  The amount of farmland here is way more than I expected.

Navigating through the first half of our ride was a little complicated and we actually decided to ride on the Route 1 Interstate after we noticed that there wasn’t any signs stating was illegal.  Well you guessed it, we got pulled over on our bikes by the CHP and scolded for riding on the freeway, and luckily we weren’t sited.  I have to honestly say, I have never been pulled over on a bicycle before, but I do find it extremely hilarious.

After that interesting little situation, we headed into Seaside to meet Alex and the truck for a quick refueling of water/ClifBars/etc. and regrouping of riders, and then hit the road for the next 30 miles to Big Sur.

This section of the ride was yet again, amazing!  The views were incredible and I will let the images below speak for themselves.  And no, Jesse and Max did not jump the bridge in the images today. The conditions and size of the bridge were not desirable.

Tomorrow we will be climbing…I mean pedaling about 65-75 miles to Cambria, CA.  There we will be meeting up with the crew from Tahoe that we are “EXTREME”ly (you’re welcome Shane) excited about.

Stay tuned for the next blog from when that crew is onboard.


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Hi everyone, That picture of the bridge on an angle made be dizzy. I printed out the group picture, so I can brag about all of you. Ride safe. Mom Paaso

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