Gnarly Hills and pavement!
We didn’t start our skate out of Lompoc until the hottest part of the day due to a late night of skating hills with rad locals… Worth it! The day only seemed to get tougher as each push seemed like it was giving us 40% of the power it should have because the pavement was so bad. As we turned corner after corner the uphill seemed like it was never going to stop, so we decided to nap it out. After a bit of searching we found a shady spot next to the interstate and slept through 2 hours of the hot day. After pulling some ticks off of our bodies we were on our way. When we finally peaked the hill we looked down at a mile and a half of 7% grade hill…. Holy crap! It was both epic and scary all at once. We skated into Gaviota and feasted our brains out. With a little yoga on the beach and a great interview with the lovely ladies from The Moments Count Journal, our spirits were lifted back up just in time for bed.
Although it was still on a very sketchy Highway 101, the pavement was like glass compared to the day before; the temperatures were great, there were no falls and our quads finally got the break they were so desperately pleading for. We rolled into Goleta and found a nice eucalyptus forest to sleep in for the night. It’s too bad we didn’t notice how putrid we smelled until we crawled into a confined space together to sleep for the night. Michael’s sleeping bag…UUURGHH!!!
Smelly Boys Get some Kindness
Waking up in a random eucalyptus forest is always fun, but that definitely didn’t come close to the coolest part of the day. After getting lost on U.C.S.B. Campus for a little bit, we were cruising through a sweet bike path when a stranger on a road bike insisted on an explanation when he saw three dudes with backpacks and skateboards. When we explained what we were doing he was so stoked he offered to buy us a pizza and give us showers. Besides reaching our destination, eating and not smelling were our main goals for the day so we obviously accepted. Eric you’re the man! We arrived in Carpinteria a few hours later only to meet even more awesome dudes. We shared our campsite with three cyclists who were going from San Francisco to San Diego and spent the night sharing stories and laughs with them. Good times.
We woke up and ate at a bomb local bakery. After about 10 miles of skating, our cyclist friends caught up to us and we said our final good-byes. Other than getting lost in Ventura the day was pretty chill and uneventful. Tomorrow we get to rest all day! We’re super stoked on that.