Monday, March 7, 2011

Planning Part III: The Nearly Strawberry de Oro Bit

Finally!! The Second Leg of the trip is conceived in a tumultuous relationship between my fingers and this keyboard, which all weekend has been under the stereotypical types of stress a relationship can suffer: I'm out at the bar every night, texting other girls, or simply too lazy to give it proper attention. After some counseling, we rekindle our flame and make some sweet bloggy music.

 I will not post the step-by-step directions here, because they are boring, and this should not be boring. I will create another blog for that, designed as a resource for the G-unit and myself. If you are entertained by turns, street names, and measurements of distance, check that out. 

First, I entertain the idea of a new approach. The weather is shitty today in San Diego, which makes me think that the weather may occasionally be so bad that it doesn't support our traveling via bike. So, for each 6-8 day leg of the trip, I think we will plan 5-7 days of biking, upping the intended mileage slightly, and plan to have 1-2 days of total rest. This way, if we should be unable to travel on a day, we are not set back, or if we simply wish to spend more time in one spot, we can do that. Oh, yes. So here it goes.

The Leg: May 16th to 26th. 488 Miles. Requiring 9 stops. 1 day allocated for rest. We narrowly miss a number of Strawberry festivals, a situation about which I can barely express my dismay.

LA to Port Hueneme (67 miles)
   Route: Pacific Coast Highway (CA-1)
   Lodging: Is an issue, here. The problem is that the California Coast is very populated, the State Park system is broke and charging an arm and a leg to stay there, and people don't really like hippies sleeping on their lawn. We will work in this. I am keeping a list of places with lodging uncertainties. We will seek out a church if things get bad. Benedictine chapels are obliged to accept travelers who need a place to stay. Out of respect for them, they will be our last resort. But I'm not ruling it out. 
PH to Goleta (51 miles)
 Route: Pacific Coast Highway
Lodging: We will go to Lake Los Carneros Park and see what that turns up. Failing that, we will find a church.
Goleta to Orcutt (65 miles)
 Route: Cabrillo Highway 101, and California 135, a little logging sort of road that branches off Cabrillo Hwy at the Primary Care Hospital for Cats and Dogs. 
Lodging: May Grisham Park or Pioneer Park, neither of which are designed for sleeping so we'll have to sort that out, too.
Orcutt to Montana de Oro State Park (52 miles)
 Route: Los Osos Valley Road
Lodging: In the park. The strategy will be to sit outside with a sign that says "Share Campground for $15" to cut our costs in half. Sites are charged by site, and can fit 8 people. We figure anybody rolling with less than 6 people would be happy to split up the costs with us. 

MDO to Salmon Creek Fallls (58 miles)
Route: Cabrillo Highway
Lodging: Salmon Creek Falls is in a huge kind of state preserve. I find it hard to believe that we won't be able to find a place to pitch a tent there. If we have to, we shall find a cave under the falls. Then, when we play our funky Gypsy music, people will thing the falls are singing to them.
Salmon Creek Falls  to Carmel (72 miles)
Route: Pacific Highway & Cabrillo Highway
Lodging: Jack's Peak County Park or Carmel River Peach Park

Carmel to Santa Cruz (55 miles) 
 Route: Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail and Cabrillo Highway
Lodging: Wilder Ranch State Park

Santa Cruz to Redwood City (51 miles)
Route:  Mountain Charlie Trail, and a bunch of other roads along the way
Lodging: There are so many parks here. Stanford University is also along the way, so depending on what my admissions status is to Stanford Law by then, we might get a place to stay there. It's only 10 miles or so short of our endpoint.
Redwood City to San Francisco (40 Miles)
Route: Bay Shore Boulevard
Lodging: With some friends of Stuie's brother's, whose name is Gordon, whose friends' names are Maciah and Ree. They attended Gordon's wedding in Cancun and made it better for everybody.  

That's this leg of the trip.  We should see some amazing things, and I will add detail as I learn more about what's happening in the area. Likely at the end of the run there will be festivals enough. The beginning is unfortunately timed so that we are a week early for all the happenings. Kick. in. the. pants.

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