March 16, 2015
Rode 52 miles
Rode approx 4:46 hr
Started the day mailing home extra gear from ski trip to Banff. Had a 20 mile bike ride in the other direction to start my trip, from Jonathan’s at Mira Mesa to Ocean Beach Park. I had to bike the extra 20 miles because according to my brothers logic, if I was going to bike over 3,000 miles what was an extra 20? The beach is the official start of the Southern Tier, which ironically, is an off leash dog area at the beach. Great place to start a bike ride. Only one of the little yappy dogs barked at me, you know the Chihuahua type.
I realized I was slightly dehydrated from the pre carb loading the night….week…. okay month prior.
On the way there, I took a detour from the bike path from the directions Jonathan and Jennifer printed for me because the bike path had an lot of homeless people in the way. Old back seats from vans that fold down, blankets and other assorted junk littered the trail. It’s kind of hard to avoid a folded out van seat with someone sleeping on it in the middle of the trail when you come around the corner and you are riding a loaded touring bike. Luckily, I did not know about wobbles, with loaded pannier, or I might have panicked when I went flying around a turn to find a homeless man and/or junk littering the trail. Shortly after this, I learned of the wobbles.
Didn’t dip back tire in pacific, might be reason for bad luck.
Ended at Rancho Los Coches RV Park in Lakeside, CA.
Forgot to turn on GPS