The day after we left Holbrook, AZ the weather got progressively better as we drove west toward California. Snow and elevation changed into sun and desert. Sunglasses on & layers of clothing off! It’s a long ride and a huge contrast between northern Ohio to California. Amazing sights and differences in people and places along the way
Thanks to my neighbor Joyce for emailing a quote that struck me as very appropriate as we get into our 3 month adventure crossing and re-crossing the USA:
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. (Helen Keller)
On Saturday, we arrived in Newhall (Santa Clarita), CA. We’re visiting Dave’s friend Ric, from Ohio University days. He has a great home in the canyon country north of Los Angeles. Sunday was a barbeque with another OU friend Charles. The women had a lot of fun staging a picture of the guys to match one taken in college:
On Monday, Dave and I drove down to Santa Monica to cycle on the Santa Monica Beach & South Bay Bike Path. I spend a lot of time on the Rails-to-Trails website, www.traillink.com, looking for trails to ride around the USA. This one was one of my favorites — along the beach on the Pacific Coast. We road 15 miles through Santa Monica, Venice Beach & Marina Del Rey. Great scenery & people-watching.
Tomorrow we drive to San Diego. Grateful to Ric for providing such a nice respite after our days of cold weather on the road. Did I say there’s an outdoor jacuzzi that I’ve enjoyed four times? And the huge moon behind the palm trees?