I am getting confused where I have been and what the hell is going on. Spent the night in Ventura and one of the funniest moments of the trip happened. Bruce Sue and me were sitting outside a bike shop on the edge of Ventura when we see Jamie flying down the road, we all shout and whistle but he flies right on by with out hearing us. I say to Bruce he must have his tunes on and cant hear us when this voice just screams out ” or he is really stoned ha ha ha ha ha ” I spin around and right behind me is this homeless woman who looks like Zelda out of Terrahawks. She is laughing so hard and just cackling like a witch, after 55 miles we just fell about, I really thought I was going to pee myself.
Next stop the Malibu Beach RV park, Dear God the houses we cycled past, millions and millions of dollars but most of them look as if a kid playing with Lego was the architect. Bits sticking out all over the place and just huge. Amazing to go by these places, I am sure there were famous people in some but to be honest who cares. Arrived at the RV park and had to cycle up a cliff to register, crossing 4 lanes of Pacific Coast Highway was interesting. Paid $28 to have a Canyon View, $36 for an Ocean view and discovered that I couldn’t see any canyon at all just Ocean. The difference in the sites was 5 yards, Hey I paid for canyon views but all I get is this perfect view across the Bay to Palos Verdes. Where is the Canyon? An incredible sunset as well.
Been in camp an hour and Phil and Liz show up, just so amazing for us to have started in Vancouver then we hook up again in a little RV park in Malibu. They looked as immaculate as ever 🙂 really special people, so good to see them.
In the morning they set off early as they were going to Laguna Beach which is about 85 miles, we set off at 9 and cycled to Huntington Beach.
One of the most memorable parts of the entire trip, Malibu Point was flat, never seen it work. The road to Santa Monica has a shoulder but it was bin day so spent the first 15 miles dodging bins getting yelled at by car drivers and trying not to stare at the beach houses. Then we got onto the Beach bike path and off we went on a tour of every beach in L.A. Santa Monica, Venice which is like Camden Market but with an Ocean and better weather, Redondo, Manhattan just mind blowing. Then to miss Palos Verdes we went inland through Torrence and Carson and down the side of the L.A. river to come out at Long Beach. Oh look its the Queen Mary then its into Seal Beach, Sunset Beach then finally Huntington in all 69 miles. We were knackered and Sue had a real bad cold going on. Not a well girl at all.
I have to say that Manhattan Beach is my fave, just a nice vibe not to flash and not swarming with vagrants. The weather was just perfect lots of people waving at us, In Torrence school had just turned out and kids were pointing at us and asking questions. Arrived at Bruce’s dads house and got fed the best steaks ever. All in all about as good a day as I could imagine.
I wonder if someone would get the same sense of excitement riding into and through London? Answers on a post card please.
For the SSB crew, seen some amazing breaks, Rincon, C street in Ventura, County line. Malibu was the only place that wasn’t working at all. Venice had a little wave and then as we went south all the beaches were working to some extent. Just hundreds of breaks.
Saw more dolphins as well at Redondo.