|What you don't want your route map to look like a week before your departure (Photo: Big Sur Information)|
Wisconsin winters are long and cold. I tolerate but certainly don't like them. So this year I decided to find reprieve on a week-long bike trip in sunny California. Inspired by Hunter's wonderful ride report, the plan was to ride down the coast from San Francisco to LA. Well, sunny California turned out to be rainy California this winter, upending my plans. Landslides had interrupted much of my planned route. I kept being hopeful that everything would be cleaned up by the time of my trip. But that hope proved elusive, and by the time of my departure I didn't really know where I would end up touring. Generally I'm a person who likes to have a firm plan. But somehow in this case the idea of making things up on the go appealed to me.
|Boxing up my SOMA Grand Rando|
|Dropping off the bike at FedEx|
|Packed and ready to leave for the airport|
|California, where oranges just grow in your garden...|
|The bike has arrived!|
|Climbing up to the reservoir|
|Grando, fully loaded, on the Sawyer Camp Recreation Trail|
|Fancy houses and fancy cars on the way back|
I concluded the day with Julie and David, having strong beers at Grape and Grain and a truly amazing "Hella Vegan" samosa at Curry Up Now.