My journey is done, yesterday I reached the border of Mexico, 1900 miles of new experiences, new friends and a bucketfull of sweat.
Set off at about 9.00 from the hotel and the sun was shining and it was a beautiful California day, I was giddy with excitement. We gave on the bike path through Pacific Beach because of the ammount of people just wandering around. Pacific Beach San Diego is a top place, still has a bit of dirt and grime ie character, something Huntington sold off years ago. This was my first time in San Diego and it is a really nice place, less frenetic than the L.A. area. We caught a ferry to Coranado Island and chugged past at least 5 Navy aircraft carriers, just how many of these things does America have, unbelievable. We can see Mexico as we pedal along Silver Strand Boulevard heading to Imperial Beach a few quick turns head down a quiet backroad past horse ranches and it is just a mile from the border. Saw lots of border patrol people, 3 riding quads and 5 girls riding horses. All wearing leather chaps and looking good and amazingly very friendly. I guess we are on the right side of the border with the right paperwork.
The Adventure Cycling map tells you to go this way and you have to ask why, up on the hill in front of us is a huge stadium which is used for bull fighting in front of us is a huge fence, the border. Hang on really is this it? 1900 miles and we arrive at a fence in the middle of nowhere with a gate for pedestrians open on weekends and holidays only. Mmmmm very strange I did’t mind I had arrived. Sue and I had a heated debate about Iran of all places took a load of photos and then peddaled back into Imperial Beach. Job as they say done.
I have a real sense of accomplishment of having made this journey, from Fluff bailing at the last second to the misery of the Washington Peninsula, the beauty of Praire Creek and the trip across L.A. it has been so satisfying and I lost some weight. Chuffed I kept at it and made it.
The Thorn Raven worked perfectly never got uncomfortable and was 100% reliabe. I used one back tyre and had a total of 8 flats, 6 on the memorable day to Lompoc. The Rohloff has been great and I have abused the servicing schedule, a few false neutrals but nothing to worry about, adjusted the chain once that is it.
Ergon grips were really comfortable I used Specialised gel mitts and am gutted I lost them , no idea where maybe Malibu.
Giordana shorts were just brilliant no soreness and have been worn constantly, I got some of the Wiggle home brand bibs but they just werent comfortable, chaffed me in a really strange place, so got binned.
I hated the B.O.B. trailer at first but then got to love it, followed me like a faithful dog, the bag never leaked a huge thumbs up from me. Now known as “the robert”
I have to thank so many people, Aggie for being min askling, Bruce and Sue couldn’t have done it with out you, thank you so much. Bruces family and friends that welcomed a smelly hairy Welsh bloke into their houses with out question, Hans and Anne, Dan and Ann Louise, Gerry and Mary and cousin Jill. Phil and Liz who spoke such sense and were so kind in Vancouver meeting twice in 1900 miles wasn’t enough but the meetings were so memorable. Good luck with the rest of your trip. Rupert who has been putting the photos up and looking after things at home, Guy Debbie Jake Leah and Archie for putting up with me.
All the great people I have met on the road, Bob Holland for being so rude but he did ignite the fire again. Duncan and Mandy for inspiration, everyone at the E.A. Dave Jack Sam Tris Claire John H and the ex E.A. Ed and Julia. All the people in the Patent Office, Jonesy I hoped you enjoyed it Ann Marie and Andy and Son Son. The SSB crew, Dave that photo is a classic. Chris and Penny at Roaring Mouse who put me up and guided me to the bridge.
Thanks to all for reading this and sending comments.
You have 2 legs!!!!!!!!!!