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Day 38 – the Mexican Border

Mexican Border Flag

Mexican Border Flag

I am thanking the Lord for an amazing and safe trip touring by bicycle the last 38 days.

Shular Scudamore at the Mexican border

Shular Scudamore at the Mexican border

Day 36 – Malibu to Huntington Beach

Morning sky Malibu

Morning sky Malibu

This was a long day, starting as day light began to appear, ending about 75 miles later. The beaches along this stretch seem endless. I was glad I was not riding the paths along the beaches on a weekend.

I saw an interesting flower at Will Rogers State Beach.

Flower

Flower

I met Dave on the right and his friend from the Netherlands about lunch time near Lax, but on the beach path.

Dave and friend

Dave and friend

Day 32 – Leaving Big Sur Country to Morro Bay

View from my tent

View from my tent

This is the view from my tent this morning at Plaskett Creek Campground, looking out at the Pacific. I needed to take the tent down to finish packing, so there is less light than later in the morning. The day started with a climb, a descent with switchbacks and curves then a steep climb. After 15 miles the serious climbing was finished. I rode a little over 60 miles today. Another sunshiny day.

Elephant seals

Elephant seals

I stopped a few times to watch elephant seals today. These are large, but not as large as the full grown males.

Near Hearst Castle

Near Hearst Castle

I rode past the Hearst Castle this morning, stopping at the Hearst Beach for lunch. The views along the coast were great.

old ford

Old Ford

This beautiful old Ford was one of the cars I saw at lunch time. a car club had stopped for lunch creating an impromptu car show.

Mark

Mark

At Cayucos, a stopped to check my book for the route into Morro Bay. Mark pulled up on. Carbon fiber road bike, asking if I needed directions. I followed him in to Morrow Bay along some scenic and some nice residential areas. it kept me off of a busy section of Highway 1. He was near the end of a hundred mile ride for the day. Thanks Mark.

Day 31 – Plaskett Creek Campground

Sunset Plaskett Creek

Sunset Plaskett Creek

Right after sunset, the sky became much more brilliant. It has been great to see the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean. While there was a lot of climbing in the days cycling, it was another beautifully sunny day along the coast.

Big Sur

Replacing rear spoke

Replacing rear spoke

Day 30 was a rest day at Big Sur, Pfeiffer State Park. I went to the library, did laundry, cleaned the drive train and discovered a broken spoke. I carry spares. So the wheel is ready to roll.

Day 26 San Francisco to Half Moon Bay

Another sunshiny day in Northern California bicycle touring.

Sunset Half Moon Bay Francis Beach

Sunset Half Moon Bay Francis Beach

A beautiful sunset tonight.

Golden Gate Bridge on day 25 October 11

Shular Scudamore at Golden Gate Bridge

Shular Scudamore at Golden Gate Bridge

We had sunshine approaching the Golden Gate Bridge, then fog on the bridge.

Scott and Shular

Scott and Shular

People You Meet

Rowan and Laurel

Rowan and Laurel

I first met Rowan and Laurel the morning after I rode in to the Nehalem Bay State Park on a dark and stormy night. Rowan grinds coffee every morning. I next saw them at Cape Lookout near Tillamook and then many times after that up to yesterday at Bodega Dunes. I enjoyed camping and and visiting with them over that time.

Bicycle Travel and Logging Trucks

Logging truck

Logging truck

A logging truck driver waived at me as I was stopped off the road to take a picture. These drivers know where their vehicle is in the lane. I prefer them to Class A motor homes. Yesterday, one of those motor homes was driving almost on top of the fog line. I was on the right side of the fog line on the very narrow shoulder with my mirror almost on the fog line. Theses folks are ignoring the California law requiring drivers to give cyclists 3 feet of clearance. More than one has been inside that margin. The truckers do a lot better job.

Some motorists have shouted enthusiastic support. One young fellow with bikes mounted on his trunk, stuck his head out the window and flashed a peace sign. He was much friendlier than a passenger last week who only showed half a peace sign.

Cycling through Mendocino, California

Water tower in Mendocino

Water tower in Mendocino

I cycled through Mendocino this morning (October 8). There are many older buildings that are preserved. I saw several of these water towers.

Mendocino

Mendocino

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