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Sept 25: San Elijo State Beach to the Mexican Border! (54.7 miles)

I captured a nice slim sunset last night

I actually did not sleep so well after all, I’m thinking it was due to the excitement of this journey’s imminent conclusion. I got up early and headed out.

I had one last big hill on this trip: Torrey Pines Road. I ...

Sep 24: Costa Mesa to San Elijo State Beach Bear Encinitas (78.3 miles)

Today’ intended ride would have been a bit over 60 miles riding on a combination of Hwy 1, some nice oceanfront trails and quiet roads through Camp Pendleton Marine Base. I’ll explain the “intended” below…

I slept in late, until 7:30 and felt guilty about it! I was then off ...

Sep 23: Leo Cabrillo State Beach to Costa Mesa (87.9 miles)

The next possible campsite is at Doheney State Beach in Dana Point, but they have recently shut down their Hiker-Biker site due to abuses by vagrants. The next site is 10 miles south in San Onofre, and the next after that is San Elijo, another 31 miles.

So, I’m not ...

Sep 22: Camarillo State Beach to Leo Cabrillo State Beach (53.4 miles)

It was a noisy campground- lots of Friday night partiers and cars/campers arriving. My earplugs did their best but it was not good enough.

This morning I was greeted by Drew who has been following my blog since the PCT days and lives in Carpinteria. He rode his bike down ...

Sep 21: Gaviota State Beach to Carpinteria State Beach (50.0 miles)

It was a warm night and morning. The dew on the tent had mostly dried by the time I awoke.

Today’s ride is on or paralleling Hwy 1/101 south to Carpinteria.

The haze was just burning off when I reached UC Santa Barbara, the alma mater of of a few ...

Sep 20: Pismo Beach to Gaviota State Beach (67.4 miles)

I packed up early and, yes, the tent was soaked again. Today’s journey is an inland route east of Vandenberg Air Force Base and Point Conception and rejoining the Pacific at Gaviota State Beach. There is no continuous public coastal road around Pt Conception.

A lot of what I saw ...

Sep 19: San Simeon State Park to Coasta Dunes RV Park near Pismo Beach (53.3 miles)

The wind stopped sometime last night and the fog moved in and drenched everything in our campsite. I packed up and headed out into the fog to the city of Cambria looking for a warm breakfast.

Today’s ride follows Hwy 1 through Morro Bay and then side streets to Pismo ...

Sep 17: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park to Hearst San Simeon State Park (71.3 miles)

Our campsite neighbors are a bunch of people in the California Conservation Corps that I think are restoring hiking trails in the greater Big Sur area. There is evidence of a fire that burned through this area a few years back.

It was a cold night! Some of my riding ...