Quick post tonight as we have an early morning and long day tomorrow – our last!!
We wandered out of Pismo Beach into Arroyo Grande this morning, before riding onto SR 1 at mile 8. There was sufficient shoulder and generally reasonable traffic into Guadalupe, where we enjoyed our first sag stop. Along the way, we saw numerous green fields and were able to identify strawberries, broccoli and cabbage. Sometimes on the opposite side of the road were arid grasslands. And instead of waves of the ocean, we had the shine of plastic covering crops already growing or preparing the earth for future planting.
At mile 28, SR 1 was joined by SR 135 and suddenly it was considered a freeway, 2 lanes of traffic each way. This continued for 4 miles before we turned off on Harris Grade Road, and the climbing began. There were a few sections with 5-8% grade, otherwise it was quite manageable at my slow and steady pace. The uphill was 3 1/2 miles, the downhill 4 1/2 miles before we rejoined SR 1 into Lompoc. Luckily we had early access to our rooms.
Barbara and I changed out of biking clothes and went walking for lunch and to see the reputed murals in the older downtown area. For lunch we were joined by KJ and Marilyn at Scratch Kitchen, then May joined us as we wandered among the murals.
Our last dinner prepared by Emily: pork loin, quinoa salad, corn on the cob, brownies. And the dishwashers got to enjoy a celebratory margarita after all of the dishes were done.
Garmin: 44.46 miles, 11.42 mph, 2411.4 ascent