California Couple Cruises 2012

10 days on the Pacific Coast Highway
  • IMG 8844  This time, the bike panniers had to be packed into backpacks first.
  • IMG 8859  our first stop was at Mike's , who stayed in my place on his tour through europe. Favor more than returned with hospitality, equipment and loads of hints and tips.
  • IMG 8868  We didn'nt bring our own bikes, but took the risk to rent them here. But the  bike hut  did not disappoint us at all.
  • IMG 8874  Presenting this year's contestants: the lady.
  • IMG 8882  the gentleman.
  • IMG 8894mike  Team Europe ready for take off.
  • IMG 8901  Mike's first insider tip helped us avoid a heavy traffic part of highway one: old sant pedro mountain road
  • IMG 8914  First stop was half moon bay state park, where we met a first bunch of other cyclists. Dude in the picture seemed rather ... strange, though.
  • IMG 8915  The first night brought hours of rain with a grande finale that rained straight through our rain sheet. Welcome to California, we left most rain gear back home.
  • IMG 8916  The pause we used to escape into the showers turned out to be then end of ALL the rain
  • IMG 8937  Thereafter: cycling in finest sunshine.
  • IMG 8941  Tent set up skills deluxe.
  • IMG 8946  The second night was spent in Demian's place in Santa Cruz, who randomly met us at a cafe, invited us to camp in his garden and prepared an excellent vegetarian meal for us.
  • IMG 8949  The next day we started collecting other cyclists on the road. Here Adam, on his way from SF to his wedding in San Diego.
  • IMG 8962  Brandon, Vancouver to Palm Springs.
  • IMG 8965  A ... different way of travelling.
  • IMG 8967  the gentleman philosophizing by the road.
  • IMG 8973  The Lady and Brandon waiting for one of the severel stop sign holding guys to allow passing a road work site.
  • IMG 8975  Bixby Bridge.
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  • IMG 8980  enjoying some IPA in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park we didn't notice any racoons, but ...
  • IMG 8981  ... the racoon safes warned of different evils.
  • IMG 8982  For 8$ a night, the evening could be extended for a few hours by fire.
  • IMG 8985  Finally a picture of Jess, travelling Vancoure to L.A., who found her trust in Texans revived the day before.
  • IMG 8987  Different way of travelling. Yes, this a SUV as trailer. Note: the RV is untypically small for this kind of setup.
  • IMG 8992  Jess, unreal bike and tarp lady on fire, in action.
  • IMG 8995  The lady in action.
  • IMG 8996-IMG 9003  Big Sur coastal panorama disturbed by Canadian presence
  • IMG 9014  Adam, the lady.
  • IMG 9021  In an excellent team of five, we took a short  and very fun day, rolling up and down the hills of Big Sur together. Taking a break in Lucia.
  • IMG 9024  The infamous cycling appetite made Brandon and Jess share a most expensive fish'n'chips.
  • IMG 9034  beach in Kirk's Creek state park.
  • IMG 9036  Swimming not really possible, but better take a shower in the breaking waves, there's no water on the camp ground.
  • IMG 9042  Adam meditating at the fire place.
  • IMG 9043  bright moonshine on brandon's tent.
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  • IMG 9056  god damn lazy seals somewhere close to San Simeon.
  • IMG 9063  more seals.
  • IMG 9066  The lady and some beers under palm trees
  • IMG 9069  Morro rock ahead.
  • IMG 9074  In San Luis Obispo our warm showers host invited us to an oktoberfest, original with spaten, sauerkraut und wurst
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  • IMG 9079  David inside the "cabin" our host David had in his garden.
  • IMG 9081  The cabin. My first warm shower guest experience can not be exceeded in terms of style.
  • IMG 9089  äh, which route ?
  • IMG 9096-IMG 9118  Valley of the Santa Ynez River Panorama, with motorized bikers.
  • IMG 9120  The Fog - and not Doooom, as I thought - rolling in over Lompoc.
  • IMG 9127  well marked hiker/biker sections in all state parks guaranted low prices
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  • IMG 9140  Farewell to Jess and Brandon after a blast of a reunification night after two days apart.
  • IMG 9145  Santa Barbara was also our last stop...
  • IMG 9175  .. where we put our bikes into different Amtrak vehicles to bring us back.