Today was filled with headwinds in the beginning for the first 30 miles and also for the last 25… The last 25 was almost all a steep uphill into absolutely ferocious headwinds. It was by far the strongest headwinds that I have ever encountered on the bike. We started the day with a lovely layout of pancakes for breakfast along with 5 different kinds of juices! It feels great being back in civilization where our hosts feel kind enough to provide is two amazing meals! Seriously, it lifts morale a lot. I rode with Katie and Eric in the morning and was later joined by Tom after first lunch. The first 33 miles to lunch was flat with strong crosswinds/headwinds. We weren’t on the safest road ever, so so!e of us were nervous with having no shoulder and crosswinds blowing us to the left sometimes… I had a great lunch and ate some of Katie’s family’s chocolate and brownies!! Oh my goodness they were so good.. We took a slight detour to help with safety and crossed a cool bridge that has water that leads to the Pacific! It smelled salty and I haven’t had that scent since South Carolina. It was a fun stretch between first and second lunch too. We went over a large bridge that I got a flat before climbing and a flat at the top about 1 mile later.. So I finished descending the bridge pretty much on my rim and changed yet another tire at the bottom :-( Me and Eric then rolled into a BBQ and car show contest where Katie and Tom had been for about 20 minutes. It was a cool little venue with awesome classic cars and meat galore! We took off headed for second lunch and ate a bit when we got there but nobody was too hungry really. We only had 25 miles left in the day that we thought were the same kind of terrain that had faced us all day long… Incorrect. Very very incorrect lol. The road started with a slight uphill climb which morphed into a steep, relentless climb directly into 20mph headwinds!! Everywhere the road went, there were wind farms surrounding the area which only goes to show just how windy the area gets. We probably averaged 5mph climbing this crazy mountain with busy traffic passing us on the left. The hills were so dang pretty coated in golden grass and trees near the top! I got another flat towards the top of this ascent and I handled it well mentally I think. All you can do is accept it, change it, and keep on truckin.. We reached a false summit where we stopped and took pictures only to be greeted shortly afterwards by “the wind tunnel”. This specific area was dubbed that name because of the unbelievably strong winds blowing our way. I started laughing twice because I was simply awestruck at how hard we were pedaling to go 4mph… It was ridiculous. However, the top eventually came and we made it to host no problem! We took showers and scarfed down another great California dinner before talking with our beloved rider, Maddie, on Skype and then headed out to snooze. I’m ready to sleep so I’m gonna wrap this up :-)
Eric, Devin, and Katie right before we left pur host in Davis, CA.
Devin just doin his Devin thing :-) I love this guy
Tire problems with Eric before we even left this morning.. Suuuucks man. Notice me and Eric’s new pink tires on the front! By the way, all of my flats were from the back tire, not the pink one. Way to stay strong pink!
Eric leading the pack in the early morning while we bike further and further south headed for Santa Cruz!
Molly, Katie, and Eric just before first lunch taking windmill selfies! I joined in also :-)
The same location from above, just me turned around facing the lovely Suzette. Those were some happy windmills today! No kidding.
Cool agriculture on a steep steep hill!
Katie pushing that big gear as always up the beginning of the ascent!
Beautiful, but oh so windy..
Happy windmills everywhere you look!
Katie at the false summit!
Eric at the false summit!
Me and Eric!! Sippin on some clear drank..
The pink monsters absolutely crushing the road!! I don’t regret this purchase one bit.. At all.
Katie, Eric, and Tom descending into town! It was a good descent in my opinion :-) No breaking required!