Just Passing Through

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L to R:  Joey, Cousin Hillary.  Hillary and her daughter Courtney took good care of us.

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L to R;  Joey, Jeffrey.  Hillary thought we two should be in a photo for a change.

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Fog came and went all day as we rode west from Carpinteria, then north.

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Tracks, but no commuter trains.  This is motor vehicle country.

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Farms are in every direction.

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Ordinarily we don’t photograph roadkill.  This beautiful owl is an exception.

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On Highway 101.

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Cycling through a major highway tunnel was a first for us.  The warning lights were activated by a motion sensor.  Jeffrey pushed the failsafe button, too.  Then he pedaled fast to minimize the time squeezed against the curb with motor vehicles whizzing by in the semi-dark.

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This sign was just beyond the tunnel.  Exit 132 led to Highway 1 and a steep 1.8 mile (3 km) uphill on terrible pavement—an exhausting combination.  Past the crest, the pavement remained bad but for the remaining 20 miles to Lompoc, the trend was downhill.

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Bump, rattle . . . every inch is a struggle.

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Find the horse, for scale.

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R to L:  Cousin Cindy, and Lou, greeted us in Lompoc with a sign and saw to our every need.  Somehow they left my name off the sign . . .

Today was mostly a travel day.  People saw our signs, gave us waves and toots and thumbs-ups, called out words of congratulation (for having pedaled from NYC) and encouragement.  But we didn’t stop for lunch, didn’t visit a roadside parking area, didn’t go to where people have time and inclination to chat with a stranger.

It’s a reminder that there’s more to these Rides than pedaling through the countryside.

Tomorrow we’ll try to mingle a little more.

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