Route: Highway 1 [Follow Bike Routes Through Santa Cruz]
Weather: High-Teens, Cloudy, Moderate Headwinds
Total Climbing: ~1000m/3300ft
Notable Climbs/Descents: No Significant Climbs/Descents, Simply a Number of Rolling Hills
Breakfast: Granola & Banana Lunch: Clif Bar & Nectarine
Dinner: Store-Bought Ramen with Spices
Snacks: Kit Kat Bar Beverages: Water, Gatorade
Previous Night’s Sleep: 9:30pm to 7:00am [9.5 hours]
Previous Night’s Accommodation: Half Moon Bay State Beach [Francis Campground]
This felt to be one of those days in which I floated through the day, influenced by the combination of clouds, grey, headwinds, and my entitled desire to experience more sun. Upon the day’s end, as I ate another ramen dinner at Sunset State Beach [no sunset, unfortunately], I couldn’t think of many moments in which I slowed down enough to breathe and appreciate. One of those days, I guess.
Only one moment stands out:
In the small city of Santa Cruz, a brief conversation with a local ventured toward talk of the dreary late-summer weather. His conclusion on the clouds and grey, accompanied by a listless shrug, resembled the words of more than one other stranger I’ve encountered in recent days: “Been grey for about a week. Climate change, man. Other places been getting more heat waves and wildfires. We’re getting more of this.” He assured me the sun would become more prominent further south. I assured him I was still loving the scenery of the day.
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