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…]

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 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…]

California Love :: Sacramento to Davis

Exiting Sacramento’s Amtrak station, bicycles intact and fully loaded, we were greeted by a busy intersection, the setting sun, and no idea of where we would be staying that evening. Narrowing in on the first “free wi-fi” sign we saw on the sidewalk, we leaned our bicycles against an exterior wall of a [Read More…]

Catching the Midnight Train :: Nebraska to California

Our weekend stay in Council Bluffs, Iowa, with host, Tod, was wonderful. We had time to take in some of the local sights, like the 24th Street bridge sculptures by Albert Paley, and downtown Omaha’s Heartland of America park. On Sunday we rode our bicycles into Nebraska, a short ride from Tod’s [Read More…]

Cycling the Wabash Trace Trail :: Iowa

After a peaceful overnight in Elmo, Missouri, we continued riding the quiet Missouri roads toward the Iowa border. Our destination was the trail head for the Wabash Trace Trail, located in Blanchard, Iowa. The trail would take us over 60 miles north to Council Bluffs, and only a few miles short of Omaha, Nebraska’s Amtrak station. [Read More…]