Friday, October 3, 2008

Santa Cruz to Monteray 45 miles



Leave camp by 8am.
Takes me a while and a lot of referring to by 'Bicycling the Pacific Coast 'book to get out of this town and on the right way to Monteray. So a bit slow and tedious. I have a feeling ,now Im in Southern California, its going to be like this to avoid the highways and freeways.
But, Im soon rolling through lush farm land. All arrible. No wasted land here. Growing strawberries by the 100 acres, Artichokes by the 1000 acres and Brussel Sprouts. I kid you not.
Hey kids! who doesnt like brussels
?You think your dad is the only screwball in the world who likes brussels. WELL GUYS? THINK AGAIN!!! American's love em! Take a look at that photo. Thats billions of tons of lovely brusslers! You can even buy them on the stalk here.
There are huge strawberry fields with dozens of farm workers bent over double picking them. And they grow right up to the side of the road. If that was Ireland, the outside plants would be stripped for 30 yards in the whole way around. I resist the temptation to get off and sample. Dont want to leave a bad impression of the Irish.
Its also near holloween so there a vast quantities of pumkins for sale. Dont feel like taking one of them so pass on by.
Hit the drag into Monteray. Its one of those legendary places you think youll never see and here it comes. The old Sinatra number 'It happened in Monteray'.
Its a nice town with cycle lanes everywhere. The last 15 miles have been on an enclosed cycle lane away from the main road. They provide them and you better use them. Try driving on the road, as I did, and they will kill you!! take the polish off your shoes.
Park the bike, put everything on charge, wash out my smalls and head off into Fishermans Wharf for a nice dinner. Well deserved....
Big highlight tomorrow.... BIG SUR... big waves , big scenery and big hills.
'They say it never rains in southern california' ... 'it pours man it pours'
rain is forecast................Talk later..

4 comments:

eileen said...

Hi John
glad to hear from you again. No blogs since Tues then 3 today. You are making great progress, you must be ahead of schedule. You will soon be in movie star territory. Keep your autograph book handy and send us photos of you with the celebs. Lots of love x

mgk said...

Hi John,
Enjoying the blog, Monteray sounds idyllic, especially on a wet Saturday evening in Kildare! Keep it coming. It'll be murder trying to follow you round the "lakes" after all this -just promise to bring those panniers home with you, we'll find something appropriate to fill them with!
Take care,

John said...

Hi Eileen,can get pretty remote out here. Its hard to beleive.Progress is good and getting more of a comfort zone as imove south.

Hi Mick, Things are going good. dont know about the bags. I took them of in Monteray to go into town and had todosome practice. Bike had a mind of its own.Look forward to those lovely sunday rides.

John said...

Hi Eileen,can get pretty remote out here. Its hard to beleive.Progress is good and getting more of a comfort zone as imove south.

Hi Mick, Things are going good. dont know about the bags. I took them of in Monteray to go into town and had todosome practice. Bike had a mind of its own.Look forward to those lovely sunday rides.