Monday, May 30, 2016
The Boyfriend was brave and quick thinking, trying to get us to Cambria; we fell short about a mile from the outskirts of town. Thank you AAA. A tow truck took us to our hotel, by this time, 9pm. The towing guy picked us up again Friday morning and took us all the way back to the Bay Area. He was an interesting character and I quite enjoyed his company. He lives with his family in Big Sur. I'm jealous. Anyway, not exactly how we planned to end our holiday but all that really matters is that we had a romantic fun filled trip and we got home safely.
Thanks to the cyclist we met atop Gibraltar Road, we stopped to view the rock art attributed to the Chumash Native Americans at Painted Cave State Historic Park on Painted Horse Road.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
The pros from the 2016 Amgen Tour of California tackled Gibraltar Road; time for Weenie Woman and The BF to give it their best shot, too. Want a blow by blow account of this ride in Santa Barbara -- then check out this super blog. Also, if interested, consider the Santa Barbara 100 ride in October.
The Boyfriend drove us to Tucker's Grove Park in Santa Barbara. We proceeded along Cathedral Oaks to Mountain Road to the climb. It's a deceptive climb, starting out easy with stunning views.
Here's a video from GCN capturing this climb.
Oh wait, dinner later on was at Cecci in Solvang; wild boar sausage pizza, a first for me.
Hello from Solvang. The Boyfriend and I are here once again for a much needed holiday, albeit biking not wine tasting in the lovely Santa Ynez Valley, but, I forgive him.
Elverhoj Museum website.
Rasmussen, in business since 1946. I bought a Pendleton cotton wool blanket from the Pacific Northwest Trading company (not exactly Danish but hey, I helped the economy....). I did eat a few danish pastries.
Lucky Dog Lavender. I did not have time, yet again, to visit Ostrichland, one of the treats of Solvang, a site we bike past on many a ride.
Meanwhile, after settling into our hotel, we set off to do the Amgen Tour of California time trial (held several times in Solvang), a lovely 15 mile route that includes Ballard Canyon with its bison. Here's one video to watch of the course. Meanwhile, The Independent has a great page of rides to do while in the area. Tonight we ate at the Solvang Brewing Company; I had a delicious ahi tuna kale salad. Tomorrow we start our journey, and as you can tell, the weather for the week is a mix of clouds, sun, wind and temperatures in the 60s.
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Please, I'm napping.
Stop looking at us.
Please, I'm shy.
Why must I be a teenager in love.
Lush. Steamy in the tropics. Now I must visit Oakland's zoo.