San Francisco to Solvang…Awesome
Monterey! So I met this woman(Pierrette) who had walked from Banff, Canada to Vancouver…then down the coast to here. Amazing! Road the 17 mile drive past Spanish Bay, Spyglass, Cypress and Pebble Beach stopping in Carmel for a beach break. Road some of the most scenic 25 miles ever. Ended the day helping a guy get his clothes out of the washer at the laundromat and donating a slice of pizza to a wanderer and his dog. All and all a great day.
Santa Cruz to Monterey! Lots of wind and traffic- cyclists aren’t allowed on route 1 between these two cities. So I got lost a couple of times but found this great fruit and nut stand with a sign that said 10 kiwis=$1 and 7 avocados=$1. I ended up getting big juicy strawberries because I could smell them when riding and developed a craving.
Dont care what you do, but if you do it enough especially something risky, you tend to forget what could happen if you slip up. Today I had this experience on the road. I was too focused on making the traffic light that once turns red; is a two minute light. Had I been paying attention, the 2 ton fifteen passenger van most likely would have made the right hand turn before me. But since I wasn’t focused on my surroundings, all that was seen was the turn signal and the front right side of a black van turning right into my line. What happened next took less than a minute as I remember first getting my bike off of the street as the driver and others people nearby asking me if I was alright? “Are you alright?” asked the lady handing me my sun glasses, that seconds before where stashed in the vents of my helmet! “Yeah, thank you” I said barely loud enough for her to hear. Then it was the drivers turn to ask “are you alright?” “yeah” I said “it was probably my fault”. He replied “I had my turn signal on and I didn’t see you”. Seconds later after thanking everyone for stopping and realizing my bike was alright, I continued on. While riding away I heard the guy who hit me, ask the driver behind in the jeep wrangler if he had any cigarettes; “no” said the guy in the wrangler.
And that was it! A subtle reminder that the open road is a dangerous place and I am lucky to be whole with only a few scrapes and a very sore and stiff hip.
p.s. don’t look up bike crash photos on Google
A busy couple of days off in Memphis, TN. That involved trolleys, railroad track crashes, riding, Monsters University(for Kids) and Superman(for older people), Stax records, Lorraine Hotel, baseball viewing from the YMCA(where we stayed), twisted ankle while playing Basketball, large fountains, mud Island and sici’s pizza. Plus the addition of 3 more riders(Itza-SnR graduate)(Lorelle and Rich-board members). Lots of fun!
Memphis, TN. Spontaneous fun on the way to the bathroom looking to wash up after delicious cold cream and sugar+food color.
West Helena, Arkansas! Thank you for the hospitality and a fun filled day of history, food, people and southern charm.