Lots of bugs at Leo Carrillo. I didn’t get bitten once, though. I put mayflies out of my tent, because they tend to fly into my face or mouth while I’m sleeping. All the other small flying things I left alone.
I made a small fire with twigs in the fire ring in the morning. Few others were up at dawn. I packed up, had some Pan Dolce and the last piece of salami, then was ready to go. At the bathroom, I saw Emily, and asked her to say goodbye to her group for me.
8 am, about 35 miles to the Surf City Hostel, mostly flat on bike path, ample services along the way after the Malibu Hills. Let’s rock.
Just after Santa Monica, another cyclist came alongside me and we started chatting. He had one pannier, so I asked whether he was touring, too. No, he was local, but rode for exercise. He was recently retired from Northrup Grumann, having previousy worked at Boeing. Over 30 years as an Aerospace engineer, and never laid off. He had worked on the 767, as well as the Gamma Ray Observer, and X-Ray telescope. Like myself, he did a little bit of everything at work. He led me all the way to the Surf City Hostel, and we ended up having lunch together at Good Stuff (yes, that’s actually the name of the restaurant). John’s wife had cancer at the same time as the owner’s wife, so he became good friends with the owner. His wife is clear, now.
The hostel has free breakfast tomorrow morning from 8-11 am, and checkout is by 11 am.
Hello sojourner! I just got back into town and am catching up on your travels, but this entry captures it all!!! What an adventure and what a gift to be meeting lovely people and spaces. Incredible.
Be safe Roderick and know you are missed on this coast as you head to the other 🙂
Good to hear from you, Julie! Meeting people and hearing their stories is absolutely the best part of travel, as you well know. This trip, however, has had more than its share of difficulty, but maybe it’s good that the bad things happen now, so I can learn the lessons before the desert. I’m still on the west coast, by the way. San Diego is in striking range for tomorrow, but I might make it two days, for reasons you can see in a later posts.
nice all you can eat energy supply. please give robert a long distance hi from me as the opportunity arises.
That was good spaghetti. I wish I had another plate right now. I told Robert I would return greetings to you, in 2-3 months when I see you again.