I slept incredibly well last night and woke up almost refreshed with legs that only felt like they had been riding for 5 days. After a good breakfast at the aptly named Quality Inn (highly recommended) I looked at the map and figured that I would just follow highway 1 and 101 and be done... Continue Reading →
Day 6, Pismo Beach to Gaviota. Scratch that, make it Buellton.
Woke up at 6am this morning and sat outside on the balcony reviewing the route, as useless as that would turn out. A typical chilly and overcast May day but who cares when you have a view like this. Met up with the parental unit for a leisurely breakfast in the Sandcastle Hotel lobby, judged... Continue Reading →
Day 5, Paso Robles to Pismo Beach. The gift of a hill.
After a late night last night and a super comfortable bed at the Hampton Inn it was time to get up and get going. The hotel is right on highway 46 so no guidance challenges first thing. I thought today was a 50 mile day so was in a pretty relaxed mood as I churned... Continue Reading →
Day 4, King City to Paso Robles. 50 years, 66 miles
Short version - don't be put off by the climbing, it's worth it. Long version - A huge milestone today both in terms of miles traveled on this journey and somehow making it to 50 years old, despite my best attempts. Definitely a day of reflection of how I got to where I am, both... Continue Reading →
Day 3, Monterey to King City. A very bumpy day, in many ways.
Didn't sleep too well last night and got up at 7am to check on the route for today, which was good and bad. The good was I realized that the map I did on Ride With GPS was taking me up and over the hills behind Laguna Seca and bugger that, I had this day... Continue Reading →
Day 2, Santa Cruz to Monterey. Bad wind….
I stayed at the Super 8 in Santa Cruz last night, a stone's throw from the Boardwalk. Nice basic hotel and, thankfully, a ground floor room I could just roll the bike straight in to. Spent a little while at the pool stretching my legs before heading out for dinner and then slept like a... Continue Reading →
Day 1, The Golden Gate Bridge to Santa Cruz. Hills and more hills….
Well, today was the day to stop planning, not start training and get on the bike and ride. My lovely wife gave me a ride to the bridge at 5:30am, despite just returning from London yesterday, so that I didn't have to deal with getting there via public transport and more miles. A good friend... Continue Reading →
Making a list, checking it twice
I've been doing more research than training for this ride, starting with the "bible" that everyone refers to, the nattily titled "Bicycling the Pacific Coast: A Complete Route Guide, Canada to Mexico", a number of blogs from those who have done it and a private Facebook group of people currently on the route. There's lots... Continue Reading →
Yet more planning, not so much training
"WTF?". Those weren't the exact words from my wife but close enough. I've a small army of specialists helping me through the various ongoing side-effects from chemo and radiation so the idea of a 500 mile bicycle ride on my own seemed to cause some concern. It seemed pretty straightforward, start at the Golden Gate... Continue Reading →