Beachgrad05 Rapha Festive 500
Decided to move my posts from the other thread to better report my journey to reach this milestone/challenge.
Rode 12-26-12 and determined that I needed to get 46 miles per ride in each day from 12-26-12 thru Monday. Very doable....So I geared up and knowing it was cold, I layered...Left the house and it was COLD (yes, I know cold to us in So Cal is rather balmy to some of you)...but it was windy too...not helpful. I get out of the neighborhood and my hands are cold...I'm not feeling comfortable....so I start to tell myself...I will just go a short ride and make up for the miles in a later ride. But thankfully the SUN chose that time to shine some warmth on me and I decided to HTFU and DO IT.
I had told TH my planned route just in case we run into each other (he was starting in the OC). I got a later start than planned because I just didn't want to ride in the cold and it had POURED RAIN early this morning which didn't exactly make wanting to ride any better.
Heading south on SGRT you can see the water level is higher than normal due to the rain;
Some birds enjoying the water and sunshine....this is where the "river" gets to be more like a real river...with dirt and rocks etc.
Heading south toward Sunset Beach on PCH:
Huntington Beach is beautiful today:
So I reach SART (rode by the restroom building near the entrance and not a SOUL was about....**no Mr. Beans**) and headed up SART to reach my mileage point of 23 miles before I turn around and head back home.
So am nearing 22.5 miles and I see a rider coming toward me...and the closer he gets...I think..."hey he looks like TH but can't be him as he was getting an early start"...and as I passed him and he passed me...we both realized "Hey! It IS you!"...I stopped and turned around and ended up with a ride partner for the ride back. It was WINDY and the ride back up PCH sucked...but at least I wasn't suffering alone.
We parted ways at Del Amo and SGRT. Hope the rest of TH's ride was good.