30 kmph tailwinds, I didn’t even feel like I was riding πŸ™‚

We started today at 8 and we bid farewell to our lovely hosts. Jerald joined us to the b’fast place around the corner and today was when they had 2 for 1 burritos! Kevin joined us on his way to work and he brought with him some early Christmas presents! A pair of socks was a good addition to my wardrobe and it would go a long way too!

The fellers had to get going to work and we finished the burrito and started on the road too. The day was windy and that too in the right direction! Hasn’t happened too often and a welcome sight every time it shows. The start was pretty flat and we hit the road at speed. As we were getting out of town another kiwi tourer caught up with is and chatted a bit before we parted ways.

The route went thro some sweeping farmlands and it was pretty sight, though there were few trees in sight… We had a plan B which was to stop at Guadalupe, about 50 km in. But we hit the town before noon and it was easy to decide to carry on.

With all the strawberry farms, it was going to be a matter of time before we spotted a farm stand. And, when we found one, we ended up eating half a kilo of strawberries each heh.

The road wound inland a bit and that’s when we felt the strength of the winds. Pretty glad we aren’t heading north in these conditions. The only bit of work was a small hill before reaching Lompoc. The descent was really sweet and I was pushed into the roads a few times by the side winds. Got my bike under control and we found a bike path taking us into town.

We have a Warmshowers host tonight and since we were meeting her much later, we spent the time hanging out at a Starbucks and relaxing the legs, heh. Can’t believe I am 90 km in and feeling ready to ride on πŸ™‚

We met our host, Christina, doing yoga in the park and we headed home at 7 pm. It was a really spacious place and we had a nice little cabin to sleep in. Christina has been thinking of travelling and I suppose talking to us probably made her resolve stronger now. Heh.

Route: San Luis Obispo to Lompoc
Distance: 97 Km
Ascent: 2600 ft
Descent: 2600 ft
Expenses: $26.25
Comment: Tailwinds are a cyclist’s best friend!

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