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    Thank you Southern California!

    i have been meaning to post this the past couple of weeks-

    I was in Long Beach with my wife for a few days a couple of weeks ago and wanted to say Thanks!

    Thanks to all of the friendly cyclists here and on the SoCal dirt forums about where to ride!

    Thanks to all the SoCal very courteous drivers who mostly treated me very thoughtfully!

    People were especially nice around Palos Verdes!

    (except trying to get on the first part of W Anaheim to get back to Long Beach)

    Thanks to all the great people from Long Beach, down the PCH to Corona Del Mar and back!

    Thanks to all of the great people around Santiago Canyon and Silverado Canyon roads!

    (except some of the people driving trucks to fast and cutting into the bike lane)

    I REALLY LOVED SoCal and i can't wait to get back! I think maybe the next time i will try mid state and maybe go with Backroads Adventures. I have wanted to try that since reading about it in Mike Magnuson's book, Heft on Wheels, and how beautiful it is.

    A beautiful place! Great People! Big Bike lanes! Thanks!!!

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    Fortunately pixels are a poor conveyor of sarcasm, so you're most welcome, Bama!
    I'm glad you had a great time and that our drivers were courteous.
    I had a great time the last time I was in TN too, (but I was on a cross-country motorcycle trip, not on bicycles.) The weather was mild, the roads were idyllic, and there appeared to be a state-wide yard sale going on. My ex-wife and I got pulled over by a nice policeman, but even though we were riding together, he only gave HER a ticket, (apparently forgot to give me mine. It was great!)


    Also I remember the crazy creeper vines you guys have in your state. They apparently grow and eventually engulf entire forests, killing the trees beneath them. In some places we rode past, the forest looked like a frozen snapshot of a gazelle-tree hopeless fleeing a voracious creeper-vine lion.


    Central Coastal California is indeed pretty. I can enthusiastically recommend San Luis Obispo, which is one of the most bicycle-friendly towns this side of Portland.



    Peace & safe riding!

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    Or if you feel like climbing some mountains, check out Sequoia National Park. The climbs are steeep and there are no bike lanes, but the speed limit in the park is 25mph and most of the drivers have been very courteous through there.



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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    Also I remember the crazy creeper vines you guys have in your state. They apparently grow and eventually engulf entire forests, killing the trees beneath them. In some places we rode past, the forest looked like a frozen snapshot of a gazelle-tree hopeless fleeing a voracious creeper-vine lion.
    Ah... that would be the Kudzu... (sp? It's been a while...) ... the pride of the south!

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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    Fortunately pixels are a poor conveyor of sarcasm, so you're most welcome, Bama!
    I'm glad you had a great time and that our drivers were courteous.
    I had a great time the last time I was in TN too, (but I was on a cross-country motorcycle trip, not on bicycles.) The weather was mild, the roads were idyllic, and there appeared to be a state-wide yard sale going on. My ex-wife and I got pulled over by a nice policeman, but even though we were riding together, he only gave HER a ticket, (apparently forgot to give me mine. It was great!)


    Also I remember the crazy creeper vines you guys have in your state. They apparently grow and eventually engulf entire forests, killing the trees beneath them. In some places we rode past, the forest looked like a frozen snapshot of a gazelle-tree hopeless fleeing a voracious creeper-vine lion.


    Central Coastal California is indeed pretty. I can enthusiastically recommend San Luis Obispo, which is one of the most bicycle-friendly towns this side of Portland.



    Peace & safe riding!
    Are these all taken in SLO? I've lived in SoCal a long time (which I know is not the same as Central Cal), but I have never seen that mound in the last photo before.

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    Actually the mound is Morro Rock, which is just down the hill from SLO in Morro Bay. There's a good chance you've been to Morro Bay, but it was too rainy/foggy/cloudy to see the rock; it's strange because SLO gets plenty of sunny days per year, but Morro Bay is usually clouded over.

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    Thanks for posting. One thing about doing repeats between Moro and SLO, in just few miles distance you can go between sunny and cool. The contrast is nice. thanks for posting.. Just give one a quick glimpse of California when not there, makes you feel a sense of homesickness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    Actually the mound is Morro Rock, which is just down the hill from SLO in Morro Bay. There's a good chance you've been to Morro Bay, but it was too rainy/foggy/cloudy to see the rock; it's strange because SLO gets plenty of sunny days per year, but Morro Bay is usually clouded over.
    Their Pizza Port is shoddy compared to the ones here.

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    TnBama:

    There are many touring companies that offer multiday rides in California. My favorite areas are around San Luis Obispo and up to Santa Cruz. I spent lots of weekends in and around Santa Maria. Any central coast trip will be worth the money. California is truly a beautiful state to visit although frankly I am planning to retire to TN, around Knoxville or Nashville. That's also beautiful country! Also think about Oregon or Washington. That and Utah is usually where I vacation and ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GP View Post
    Their Pizza Port is shoddy compared to the ones here.
    I rode down to the Sad Clemente location today and it was good.

    A few posts up, Kudzu would be correct.
    Runnin' With The Pack

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    Calamari - Your road bike scares me! I thought in that one picture it was a ghost bike!

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