We had our first flat today. Not a big deal, but getting the tire off with the packs and fenders is a chore. I think we figured it took about 30 minutes to repair. Not too long after that, we had another delay as I needed to stop in at a medical clinic to get a couple of staples removed from my head. Yes, I have had staples in my head for a week! I ran into some ductwork in the basement last week, and had to get stitched up, and so we had to find a clinic where they could be removed. All in all, a relatively painless diversion, but it did eat up another hour of the day.
|Kathy stops to have her head examined|
Then, some lunch, and we headed up the coast in earnest. We were on the Pacific Coast route, and facing stiff headwinds. A short bit south of Carpinteria, you have to get on the 101 for about half a mile. At this point, the road crosses a railroad and goes between two hills. The effect was stunning. We were knocked off the bike twice. I climbed off and said, "no way." Roger and I had to pull and push the bike up the hill over that train crossing, and literally at times could not move! I was hanging onto the guard rail to hold myself upright. Blimey!
|You can get some sense of the wind from this shot.|
So, once again, a change of plans. We had hoped to make it to El Capitan campground. But the combination of the howling winds, and the prospect of setting up a camp in those conditions, swayed us.
We rode through Santa Barbara, always lovely, with drops coming down. Would we get a reply from our last-minute requests of several Warm Showers hosts? Alas, no.
But we felt like we could make it just a little further down the road, and decided in favor of a little hotel in Goleta. Turns out they do still leave the light on for you!
|Why do we call this one "pacific"?|