Daily Archives: February 27, 2013

We Find the Sun – posted February 26, from Newhall, CA

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?