Thursday, March 17, 2011


For the last five years, my friend Byran (from Portland, Or) and I would visit our friend, Ray, in Lompoc, CA for a week of riding. Originally we came because the Amgen Tour of California was in February and we got to see the pros in action. Then they moved the tour to May, but we still came. This year Byran couldn't make it, so it was just me.
I came for a week and rode six days. The first day we cycled to Surf Beach, on the ocean, and I took several pictures. The next morning, early, my wife called to inform me of the tsunami that would be hitting in an hour. I was tempted to later send her the picture from the previous day and tell her we went over to see it come in, but in view of the seriousness of the disaster, decided that would be in poor taste.
Anyhow, we had some great riding, although somewhat chilly. I only took my tights off on two half days (first half of the ride with them on, took them off on the way back), and always had two layers on my chest (the very windy day also had the wind jacket on).
This is the last year of going to California. Ray is moving to South Carolina. I guess I can go east just as well as west.

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