My days have been filled, and as I recently cycled through Big Sur, there was little or no cell access. So it’s good to be writing tonight.
I’m in Avila Beach, CA, sough of the lovely town of San Luis Obispo, home of California Polytechnic Institute. A friend of Brian Smallwood’s bought us a beautiful hotel room.
After two full days in San Francisco, I rode to my second cousin’s house, Julie Buckley, in Los Altos, just south of Palo Alto. That evening Julie and I drove around the Silicon Valley and I saw some of the key players- Google and Facebook, Stanford University.
Mark Rakes, who contracts with Google, arranged a tour for me by one of his friends.
Srini, Google employee who works on wi-fi, Mark Rakes’ friend and my guide
Google bikes, for employee use, are distributed all over campus
Google bikes, for the employees.
I took a train back to San Francisco and went to the Lumineers concert with Emily and Aaron.
Emily and Aaron drove me back to Los Altos, to get my bike and panniers, and then to the bus in San Jose, which I took to Monterey, so I could be there in time to meet Brian Smallwood, from Camarillo, CA, near LA. He’s riding with me to LA…and probably San Diego.
We camped in Monterey.
From Monterey we rode the 17 Mile Drive, around the affluent Pebble Beach area, and on t the Big Sur on Saturday.
A common scene:)
18th hole at Pebble Beach
Beachfront in Carmel
South of Carmel, we stopped at an “Open House”- a $10,000,000 home.
Starting into Big Sur- 100 miles of windy roads, largely next to the ocean
Emily and Aaron caught up with us at the Big Sur Bakery on Sunday and served as our sag wagon.
Our sag wagon leader, with Aaron, as we continued along Big Sur
Lunch in Lucia- Emily, Aaron, Brian and me, then we loaded the bikes on the car and raced to the Hearst Castle and caught the last tour.
From San Simeon, we rode to Morro Bay, where Aaron surfed.
We loaded the bikes on Emily and Aaron’s car and drove the last stretch to San Luis Obispo, to give us time to play in what we understood to be a vibrant town- and it is!