Cycling The Pacific Coast Daily Travels

Daily Travels: McGrath State Beach, CA to Leo Carrillo State Beach, CA

The Ride

Route: Follow the Bike Route Signs & Stay Close to Shore

Distance: ~45km [This was one relaxing ride. A part of my intention to slow down into the massive sprawl of Los Angeles.]

Weather: Mid-to-High 20s, Mostly Sunny, Moderate Crosswinds and Tailwinds

Total Climbing: ~80m/260ft [Or… Predominantly Flat]

The Rest

Breakfast: Granola

Lunch: An all-timer meal of Chile Verde with rice, beans & homemade tortillas [and free chips & salsa] at El Brother in the city of Oxnard. My favourite Mexican dish on this trip. Highly, highly recommended.

Dinner: My Final Meal of Ramen & Spices

Snacks: Clif Bar & Nectarine      Beverages: Water, Coffee

Previous Night’s Sleep: 9:30pm to 5:30am [8 hours]

Previous Night’s Accommodation: McGrath State Beach

Broken, Forgotten, or Lost

With every possession I’ve broken, forgotten, or lost on this trip, I’ve wondered if my intention to live more simply – my desire to live with less – is influencing a subconscious push to rid myself of stuff. Or, I’m just prone to forgetting or losing these things. In any case, here’s an updated list of the items now gone:

  • One sock [Lost. No washing machine to blame for this one.]
  • One black t-shirt [Forgotten. Likely still hanging at a campground, somewhere.]
  • One tentpole [Not forgotten or lost; just broken. I’ve delicately pitched my tent ever since, grimacing at every little snap. At REI, I bought a $5 splint to cover the wound. Well worth the cheap purchase. No more snaps or grimaces.]
  • One pair of sandals [Lost. Somewhere in Oregon. I attached my flip-flops to the bungee cords that hold down my tent atop the rear rack of my bike. On a particularly violent bounce over a bump or pothole in the road, one of my bungee cords unhooked, causing my sandals to fly off unknowingly. Since the weather remained cool until I was well south of San Francisco, I didn’t bother to buy a new pair until Monterey. Scored a new pair at Target for $6.]
  • One pair of earphones [Another broken item. Too much exposure to the elements is my guess. A combination of misty moisture, sweat, and wind. I bought a new cheap pair at a Target near Monterey.]
  • One pair of sunglasses [Forgotten. I leave my sunglasses in forgotten places far too often. Once every year, at least. I believe I left this pair at a public restroom somewhere in between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.]
  • One cycling shoe [Lost this afternoon. Exact same circumstances as my lost pair of sandals. Thankful for the warm and sunny weather, as I’d rather wear sandals for riding, anyway.]
  • Any bets on which item I’ll break, forget, or lose next? Outside of my bike, passport, and wallet, honestly, I don’t really mind. No matter the case, I’ll survive.

Pictures of the Day

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Even when the hills rise directly from the ocean, the road cuts through the rock. Easy riding all along this stretch.
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Snack break beside the crashing waves and rocky shore.
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Relaxing in the late-afternoon at Leo Carrillo State Beach. Plenty of surfers dotted the waters. Would love to try this out further down the road.

 

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