June 26 - Santa Cruz to Monterey
When we started our bike trip that morning I immediatley realized that it would have been better if I had stayed"in bed". I was so tired and kind of exhausted and I really needed a day off to recover. But we had already booked our next accomodation and so I decided to grit my teeth and to ride the bike.
|preparing for the trip in front of our Quality Inn|
The first part of our trip was still in the city Santa Cruz and it was no fun to ride to bike next to all that cars. But as I already mentioned: Riding a bike in California is much more better than in Germany. Usually the cardrivers are careful and we had bike lanes almost everywhere and traffic signs to remind the the cardrivers to share the road with pedestrians and bikes.
|bike lane in Santa Cruz (like in every other city in CA)|
|common traffic sign|
After Santa Cruz we had some climbs and descents and this time there was a good part of the Highway we weren't allowed to use. Therefore we had to make a detour which led us through lots of strawberry fields (what a nice smell:-) )
|lots of people working in the fields|
There was a short but very steep ascent after we had passed the strawberry fields and after that it was flat again. But I had laughed to soon... There was a strong headwind blowing...
I attempted to use Christoph's slipstream but it didn't work out very well because his recumbent bike wasn't really tall enough...
Anyway after 5hours we finally reached our lunch place in Moss Landing. We were seated in the wintergarden and I enjoyed the seafood. Moss Landing is known for its wildlife and while we were eating we observed the wild life.
|enjoying my clam chowder and shrimps|
|poor Christoph (seafood area) could find french fries and chicken:-)|
|sea lions in Moss Landing|
|closer view of the piled up sea lions|
|harbour seal (=> I need a better camera:-) )|
|a seagull (?)|
|ready to continue|
|our room in the Monterey Surf Inn that tend to |
be our home for the next 4 nights
|our room was located at the very end|
|my food: shrimps, as always|
|Christoph's very first try to eat with chopsticks!|
|Yippee, he got some food.... (I still remember my first try:-) )|
Tour stage: Santa Cruz to Monterey
Distance: 75 km (for me: 60 km, remaining 15 km by bus)
Total time (breaks included): 11:15 - 19:15 (for me, Christoph arrived at 20:00)
Average speed: 12.86 km/h
Real running time: 4h 40 min