We were having such a great time, rolling gently down from Paso Robles through the Sans - San Miguel, San Ardo, San Lucas - and then we turned up the road for the last 22 miles (should have taken about two hours, given the pace we were making) and blam! Hit in the face with the headwinds again.
|This is what passes for a river in this part of California|
|Don't miss Linda's cafe when in San Miguel|
Also in San Miguel, we stopped for a quick look at the Mission San Miguel. I'm embarrassed to say that this was my first visit to one of the missions since moving to California 15 years ago.
|The church at Mission San Miguel is still used for daily Mass|
We passed more fields along our ride today. I am impressed with the diversity of crops that are grown in the adjacent fields. Hard to be sure from the bike, but I think we passed onions, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, and others I could not identify.
Folks, here's a plea: do not waste food! OMG it's a lot of work to get vegetables to your plate; don't waste them.
On the way to Santa Barbara the other day, I was so dispirited to look down at the bike computer and see that we were rolling dead flat and only making 6 mph. But today, I actually caught a glimpse when we were descending 2% and the speedometer read 5.7! Ay yi yi!
|Red leaf lettuce destined for your salad bowl|
I've included a few shots that give you a sense of the winds in the second half of the day. Crazy-making stuff.
|It blew and blew and blew!|
The day's record: Paso Robles to King City, 59 miles/414 to date.
I love our country's flag, but when you are riding a bike, this is NOT what you want to see!