The Fat Lady has Sung!!!
After 2100 miles of buttock clenching cycling we finally arrived at the Mexican Border today!!! Hurray!!! Just for the record we have sustained only 3 punctures, two broken gear cables and two fallings off (Richard wins as he had two of the punctures).
Just to fill you all in on the last few days since Morro Bay (where we were when we last left a message):
We have completed the southern section of the Californian coast, including the fabulous beaches of LA (Santa Monica, Venice, Huntington, Laguna, and Newport Beaches). All of these were strangely quiet, there were however a number of small pockets of activity; mostly surrounding the Women’s volleyball – wonder why? The terrain has been relatively flat and we even managed to clock one day with an average speed of 16 mph.
On Saturday evening we stayed with a cyclist we met earlier in the trip (back in Oregon), his name was Richard and he lives in Irvine (12 miles inland from Newport Beach). He and his Wife (Sandi) provided us with a magnificent dinner and the comfiest beds ever encountered by two tired cyclists – Thank you so much!
The past two days have been spent cycling with two other students from the University of Oregon – Trevor and Sam – they too started in Vancouver, but unlike us are planning on venturing into Mexico for a day or two (good luck guys).
Sadly we can’t bring you any photos just yet (Richard left his USB cables back in the Hostel). We will try and supply you with more visual delights as soon as possible.
Looking forward to returning home – that’s if British Airways will let us fly our bikes?
Thank you to everybody for your support, be it sponsoring us, comments on the blog, moral support or hospitality en route.
Ben and Rich