Soaking up the last of California

Sunset at South Carlsbad State Park

From Oceanside, CA we had planned to ride to San Elijo State Park, but on a hunch we decided to stop and check in with folks at Carlsbad State Park. We had already hit a couple of state parks that had been unexpectedly closed on our route, and without the state updating their websites or answering their phones to indicate closures, [Read More…]

Leaving Los Angeles :: Meeting Friends Old & New

Kai & JP cycling to breakfast in Hermosa Beach.

After spending a couple of days exploring Los Angeles we were ready to move on, but not before visiting with friend JP over breakfast in Hermosa Beach.

JP had moved from Vermont to Los Angeles for his job as a web developer and we hadn’t seen him for over a year so we were excited to find out how he [Read More…]

Santa B to Santa M :: Signs of the Unraveling

Leaving the beautiful shoreline of Santa Barbara behind.

The 90 miles (146 km) between Santa Barbara and Santa Monica brought us a combination of meandering bike paths and roadways, with each mile pulling us into more aggressive vehicular traffic. It was obvious we were heading toward a great metropolis so we reluctantly filed away our memories of the serene and secluded coastline of Big Sur and pulled out our [Read More…]

Santa Barbara :: Meeting John Jones

After a wonderful night’s sleep at Refugio State Park, we rode through Goleta then on to Santa Barbara for the evening. We couldn’t help but stop to window shop as we made our way to the Agave Inn, a sweet little place, which we strategically picked due to its proximity to our scheduled appointment with world-renowned and master wheel builder, John Jones. [Read More…]

Palms & Petroleum :: Lompoc to Refugio State Beach

We ate lots of oranges while working in Lompoc!

We left Lompoc, California, with peace of mind, knowing we had tackled many large ‘to-do’ items on our year-end lists. Well rested and feeling ready to get back on our bicycles and the road, we made a quick side trip to a post office to send home our third box of gear deemed ‘unnecessary’, then we set our eyes on [Read More…]

A Short Rant :: San Luis Obispo to Pismo Beach

After packing our food pannier with goodness from San Luis Obispo’s Natural Foods Coop, we wandered along vineyards to Price Canyon Road, which took us in to the town of Pismo Beach.

Vineyards

When we arrived at Pismo Beach State Park we, sadly, discovered they had done away with their hike/bike rates. Instead of paying $5/person we [Read More…]