Sunday, April 8, 2012

Riding the pre-ride

According to the countdown timer, 6 days. 6 days until a group of ~15 riders sets off from Santa Monica on Route 66. But really, time is up. Tomorrow morning I'll push out of the driveway, pointed south. It's time to start the pre-ride.

Packing complete.
Bay Area to Santa Barbara/Santa Monica April 9-12
Join me for a credit card tour down to Santa Monica to begin my Route 66 trip. For details, see http://route66ajourney.blogspot.com.We'll stay in hostels and one Motel 6. Daily mileage is ~100 miles, so this trip is for fit, experienced tourists. We will have fun, though! Weather may change the departure day to Sunday April 8.
Day 1 - Mountain View to Monterey
Day 2 - Monterey to Cambria
Day 3 - Cambria to Buellton
Day 4 - Buellton to Santa Monica (can end in Santa Barbara to take Amtrak back to Bay Area)

Meetup shows 1 bike tourist attending...that's me. Allan might ride part of Day 1 as well, which makes for a nice launch down the coast. I'm nervous about the trip but not too concerned about the solo days. It's the Waterford's first trip down to LA. It's the MacBook Air's first time. It's not my first time.

The reflex of people who haven't traveled on Highway 1 on a bicycle is, it must be unsafe. It is wiggly and narrow. Most drivers pay close attention, though, trying not to fall into the sea. They're on vacation.

Known trouble spots are Santa Barbara (sheer complexity), Ventura Freeway (aesthetics, not safety), and Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu (safety). In Malibu the road is narrow and lacks a shoulder and drivers really couldn't care less. Your blood and bones would come off in the touchless car wash. But, the terror really does make you ride faster.

This week the issue is weather. Our late spring persists and what one meteorologist called 'an impressive storm' is rotating right now off the west coast.

BY MONDAY NIGHT...INCREASING LOW LEVEL MOISTURE AND ONSHORE FLOW  
  WILL CREATE MARINE LAYER CLOUDS OVER THE COASTAL AREAS. EXPECT TO  
  SEE PRECIPITATION BEGIN TO AFFECT THE CENTRAL COAST ZONES AFTER  
  AROUND 12Z TUESDAY AS MODELS AGREE ON SLIGHTLY FASTER TIMING  
  COMPARED TO EARLIER RUNS. MID TO UPPER LEVEL CLOUDS WILL BEGIN TO  
  REPLACE THE MARINE LAYER CLOUDS DURING THE MORNING HOURS AS LIGHT  
  RAINFALL PUSHES ONSHORE. EXPECT RAIN TO SPREAD ACROSS THE NORTHERN  
  ZONES THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON...AND ACROSS THE SOUTHERN ZONES  
  TUESDAY NIGHT. 
The weather elves in Oxnard and Monterey decided on the above forecast this morning. Too late to shift the departure date. And 12Z is 5am so no point in getting an early start from Monterey. Tuesday will be wet. The gorgeous scenery of the Big Sur coast, a wash. Showers into Wednesday. That's the bad news. The good news is, no huge south wind with this system. Which means it's likely that I'll eventually progress southward, out of the storm's reach. Rather than being sucked into a plume of moisture and dumped into the Pacific.

Today we bought oversized Ziploc bags to protect the laptop. Will they be enough? My stomach is in a knot. Plan B is an unscheduled stop at the Apple store in San Luis Obispo. At least it's on the route...

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  1. Will be sending good wished your way, Elaine! --Colleen

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  2. I wish I had planned ahead to take a vacation day to ride with you to Monterey. :) You'd probably leave me in the dust, though.
    "touchless car wash" and "terror..." made me LAUGH! I hope you do still have lovely coastal scenery, even if it is a bit wet. Ziploc's a great idea.

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