Climbing to the City :: Rain, Flats & Night Riding

Climbing toward Jalisco state line; Looking back at Ixtlan

August 11 – 15th :: Ixtlán del Río, Nayarit to Guadalajara, Jalisco Our panniers are packed and we’ve smeared ourselves with the proper amount of sunblock. We’ve been ready to ride out of Ixtlán del Río for hours now yet we’re still standing in the hotel lobby with our loaded bicycles leaning against the registration desk. We’re not [Read More…]

Up and Over the Sierra de la Giganta

A walkway in Loreto’s tourist section.

The day brought a mix of emotions. We had just spent some time intensely examining both our relationship to our travelling around the world by bicycle as well as our relationship with each other and those around us. We were ready to get back on our bicycles, feeling more secure in our intentions for the future but we were also feeling a little [Read More…]

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…]

A Productive Lull :: Pismo Beach to Lompoc

On our way out of Oceano, we stopped at an old train car converted to diner to check email and to firm up plans with warmshowers.org hosts, then headed down old Cabrillo Highway (a.k.a. Hwy1) toward Santa Maria.

About half way in to our route I heard the distinct *ping* of a spoke breaking. I cringed, dismounted, and walked my bicycle to the nearest driveway, which [Read More…]

Big Sur :: Pfeiffer State Park to Ragged Point

Big Sur, California

The ride through Big Sur was spectacular. With the Santa Lucia mountains to the east of us, the Pacific to the west and the sun shining down on us, it was hard not to have huge smiles on our faces, despite all of the intense climbing.

In fact, I discovered, quite by accident, that I climb better with a [Read More…]

Berkeley to Half Moon Bay :: A Defining Peak

After spending weeks off of our bicycles with friends in Berkeley, CA, we decided to soften our transition back into our saddles by making our first day on the road a short one. Our goal was to make it to the coast and camp at Half Moon [Read More…]