Woo-hoo! I got a week off from work and decided, what the heck, I'll roll out my front door and follow the Adventure Cycling maps down to the US/Mexico border. OMG - I cramped up sooo hard riding down here. And I'm dead tired so I can't post much right now. I did learn a few things though...
- Kryptonite NY U-Lock is HEAVY
- Kypronite NY Fuggedaboutit Chain is even HEAVIER
- my P.O.S. pre-dot-com company laptop at 10lbs is a BEAST
- your legs can cramp up so much that you can't even bend your knees. ow ow ow
- just because you are riding mostly beach bike paths doesn't mean you won't have to climb, especially when you hit a city called ROLLING HILLS
- I'd be lost without my GPS
- Credit Card touring is the best!!!!!
- WTF did I bring so much gear?!?!
- a lot of people want to talk to you about your ride (hello ladies!) and say they wish they could do that, too
- when you are in L.A., get asked where you are headed and say MEXICO, the look of disbelief on their faces is funny
- smiling and waving to everyone on the bike path or in residential neighborhoods almost always gets a positive response; so many people seem caught up in their own thing (esp. here in L.A.), but actively reaching out and saying "hi" does make a difference
- I really, really, REALLY appreciate gasoline, especially when I'm sucking wind hard climbing with my bike and cars just blow right by me
- it's quite humbling to bust your arse for 61 miles for a total of 8 hours, stay at a hotel in Long Beach, look out your window and see the Queen Mary... The same Queen Mary you went to a couple of weeks ago to see Cirque de Soleil which was only a 1/2 hour drive. :-(
I'll post some pics later on. Cheers