Trip Start Sep 17, 2008
43Trip End Nov 10, 2008
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Where I stayed
McGrath State Beach Campground
We arrived at our campground last night in carpinteria for some good old fashioned entertainment(or at least something to keep us up past 7). When we got to the hiker biker sight we had two neighbors: a homeless man who was cooking a can of beans over his sad stick fire and listening to oldies on the radio and a fairly normal looking man who didn't have much stuff - Brian said his wife probably kicked him out for the night.
We made dinner with our free broccoli from the other night --not so sure we wrote about this yet, but brian woke up at 330 in the morning to gank some broccoli from the huge field we were camping beside. We can only wish that we had broccoli fields all down the field instead of stinkin artechokes and brusselsprouts.-- after dinner we watched some "sneaky" business go on with what we thought were cops. We were kind of nervous(at least I was nervous) when one of them walked to the visitor's center with a rifle. I think Brian and I had all these crazy stories running around in our head because it was dark, but everything seemed much better this morning when the sun was up and we found out they were really just park rangers. I just want to know how the heck a park ranger is allowed to carry a rifle...if that's even what it was. who knows.
Set out for our hard day of 21 miles by 8:30 this morning. We ended up sitting at the library and visiting the bike shop, groccery store, and getting coffee before actually leaving at 11. I was reminded that i hate freeway riding and brian reminded me plenty of times how much he hates wind as he rode behind me and drafted off of me for most of the ride. soon enough we were back on 1 (PCH as they like to call it here) and there was much less traffic. We finished the day riding on bike paths through ventura with a pit stop at mcdonald's reading the free newspaper(you really wouldn't believe the crazy ads they acutally put in that thing - ie: coupons for a free lap dance!)
As of now we're sitting here waiting for our dinner to be finished: rice and broccoli(free broccoli that is!) and i'm drinking the tea that our neighbors in the RV made for me. We learned some interesting facts about homeless people from the lady at the registration booth. Apparently they make communities in the river beds. All we can say is that we don't see that in Pennsyvania.
We're hoping for some company one of these nights. We miss camping with other cyclists. It seems like it's been forever.
Here's to short days and free tea! peace love bicycles