Saturday, September 17, 2016
Last day of vacation. We've left Santa Barbara and are in Cambria, specifically we're at Linn's for some olallieberry pie. We planned to do a big ride today but time and fog were not on our side.
After coming down Gibraltar Road, we meandered through neighborhoods and stumbled upon all kinds of funky art, including this mailbox (his bum is the slot for mail). The roads we took were mostly downhill and quite a treat after the long haul up Gibraltar.
Via Maestra 42) around the corner from Motel 6. In a strip mall. The owner was from Piedmont, Italy. Nice way to finish the day after doing 35.66 miles. Tomorrow we leave for Cambria.
Today was the big climb, doing Gibraltar Road again. More photos from the May adventure. It seemed harder and longer this time since the novelty had worn off but still a great climb to do with stunning views.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Here we are at the Motel 6 in Santa Barbara. Okay, that's not Motel 6. It's the lovely Santa Barbara Inn but a girl can dream, right. Actually, the Motel 6 was fine. We planned a 15 mile ride to do while waiting for our room to be ready. Let's talk comic disaster.
The Boyfriend spent an hour or so on his laptop trying to map out how to get to the route we planned for today. I was like, let's just get on the road and see where it leads. Well, despite his efforts, we got hopelessly lost. You make one wrong turn on a mountain road (Sycamore Canyon) and you're done. We did see lots of what's make Santa Barbara a beautiful destination. And discovered that Santa Barbara is very bike friendly. It was the first time that I was ever so pleased to have bought a smarty phone because believe me, I was pulling it out every 5 minutes to figure out where we were and how to get back to the swanky motel. I love Google Maps and the lady talking to me but I want to get the guy with the sexy Australian accent that my friend has on her phone....
Anyway, in the evening, like a pirate, I made The BF walk the plank, a 2.5 trek to a restaurant that turned out to be closed. So, we found somewhere else to have dinner and we took an Uber back to the motel; my first Uber experience. Ha ha, either the guy's algorithm was bad or he was, because by this time, we knew how to return to the swanky motel but he didn't and on top of that, his Uber got a flat. Like I said, the day was a comic disaster but still delightful when spinned properly. Tomorrow is another day.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Off on another ride today in Solvang, beginning with a favorite -- Santa Rosa Road. We passed the Sanford winery and later in the evening, I would have a glass of its chardonnay.
The Boyfriend goes with me soon to follow. Not too much in the way of winds but it took some time to finally arrive in Los Almos for a lunch break. The BF was feeling it in his legs from climbing Mt. Figueroa the day before. We rode 60 miles today.
The BF got a gelato from Cafe Dolce. It was nice to finish this leg of the tour doing a different ride. Tomorrow, we're off to Santa Barbara.
Monday, September 12, 2016
As I mentioned in earlier posts, The Boyfriend took on all of Mt Figueroa while I went in a different direction and at some point, we would meet on the mountain, assuming I didn't meet some men along the way or other distractions that might cause me to detour....
The Boyfriend is taking is full of steep pitches and sheer drops, much too frightening for me. Which is not to say that my climb was easy peasy.
The BF said his legs felt spent. In the evening, we had a good meal at an Irish pub in Solvang and a good night's sleep. Tomorrow, another ride awaits.
Like two ships in the night, The Boyfriend went on his merry way to tackle all of Figueroa Mountain while I, being me, chose to play bike tourist and only do some of this monster of a climb. So, here I am taking a moment to visit Mission Santa Inez on the outskirts of Solvang.
The Boyfriend. I'm about 15 miles into today's ride. Next up, the climb.
The first of a few blogposts describing today's ride. We're in Solvang about to tackle Figueroa Mountain. But first, on my own, I revisited a favorite road of mine - Armour Ranch Road. You'll soon see why.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Guess where we are. Yep, back in Solvang, our home base for super biking in Santa Ynez Valley. This time I drove, and you know what that means ... yep, I put The Boyfriend in the trunk and had me a swell time. Ha ha ha.
The Boyfriend was oblivious. Ha ha ha. We had a delicious pizza that was made in front of us by a charming guy who wanted to please us. And served with a good wine. A lovely way to start a much needed vacation, and as The Boyfriend remarked, "A Night of Zin."