made it through LA without needing my “piece” (inside joke, ask me about it sometime)
left Malibu this morning looking for a nice place to have breakfast… apparantly no one eats breakfast in Mallibu… oh well.
caught up with a fellow rider about 12 miles into the ride (same one who took me to dinner the night before… thank you so much), and guided me through the various byways of LA. I do believe I might have gotton a bit lost otherwise, I am very grateful.
anyway, I was escorted all the way through Rancho Palos Verdes, where I checked out the whale watching view point, the lighthouse and the very expensive houses in this area. then we said our goodbyes, he headed back north and I headed, dreadfully, South and into San Pedro.
O.K. I’ll tell you right now that this was my least favorite part of the ride by far. the roads are terrible (how I did not get a flat, I do not know), massive trucks everywhere, just not fun.
also, just as I left my companion to find my way through the industrial wasteland of San Pedro, I found that the route I had planned was no good, one of the roads on my route had been subject to an avalanche. I had to retrace my ride and find a new one.
and finally, I discovered that I had inadvertently, forgot to re-ingage my GPS app, and lost 8 miles from the reading. so…it was actually 70 miles and not 62,
594 miles so far.
I was never to happy to enter Long Beach. Here I found my nights lodgeing. my Sister in Law and her husband (Melissa and Shad) graceiously offered space in there house for me to crash. THANKS!!!
When I got there, was greated by Melissa and my Mother in Law who treated us to a very nice Italian dinner. Thanks Gloria!!!
So, tomorrow, I leave Long Beach, pass all the way through Orange County and finally stop at Carlsbad. 75 miles