Thanks to sponsors I have use of the Giant TRC-1 while I am out here in California and though it is indisputedly a road bike I am not one to turn my nose up at sponsorship. After giving the bike a basic shave and a haircut it is ready to roll.
I toured 65 miles along the Old Highway 101 route up the coast. The villages along the way are tame to the outside observer. Art galleries, surf shops, and Smoothie cafes pepper the roadway from La Jolla to Del Mar. Blaring sunshine and cool winds help portray an image of worry-free monotonous glamour, but the names I pass echo the great journeys of Dean Moriarty and Henry Miller. Encinitas, Solana, Leucadia. This stretch of coast is iconic to America. For all the horror and the glory of Manifest Destiny, this is the end of the line.
This is the encore performance to the great American Dream.
Might you be riding around Monterey Bay area?
The road riding is world class, and we know where.
Do share please. I will look up Monterey Bay and see if it is in my sphere of accessibility.
Welcome to the Left Coast!
Perhaps a little chess, now that you wouldn’t have to be up so late?
uh-oh, I need a fresh excuse.
Nice work…. and oh how I wish I was there to tell you to slow down! If you bring me next time, I promise I will lead when it’s windy!
Well, I’ll be. I thought when I called you were out to the mall or something! 😉
If you ride to Monterey, I’ll really be impressed. Watch for fire; I hear the left is either burning or burnt.
Don’t let Titus see what you’ve been using to get around!
Well, Santa Cruz has the best (surfing) riding in the area. If you like the hills. Empire Grade is fantastic with many excellent options to bail swoopily to the oceanside for a limp back along 101. I prefer the harder to find Mt Charlie road; combined with Summit it takes you to Corralitos. Superfun, single lane in many places, nearly carfree, bad pavement, lots of redwood shade, fast and twisty.
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