Santa Barbara County

After the serendipitous meeting of Friar Anthony, I cycled to Oceano (via the Edna Valley, thanks to my friend Jennifer Stevens’ suggestion). Cycling on Price Canyon Road to Pismo Beach was beautiful, especially at this bend in the road. I found spot at a campground in Oceano, despite its popularity for the holiday weekend. Wherever…

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S. L. O. Mission and Town

I was impressed with the town of SLO very quickly as I began to notice signs for bicyclists saying: “Bicycles may take a full lane.” Elsewhere I see signs admonishing motorists to “Share the Road” with cyclists, which is much appreciated. But I have never seen bicyclists given the right to a whole lane! Of…

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San Luis Obispo County

It took me two days to ride from San Miguel to the town of San Luis Obispo, and I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure each day. Heading south from San Miguel early on Monday morning, I had another song-inspiring morning pedaling slowly along N. River Road, which parallels the Salinas River to the east. Fields of…

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Mission San Miguel Arcángel

The California Missions were the result of a collaboration between the King of Spain and the Catholic Church. Spain wanted to secure its grasp on Alta California as they suspected that Russia was interested in the region as well. Along with the Franciscan Friars, King Charles III sent soldiers to protect and help the priests. Presidios and…

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South County

My friend Terry was expecting me for some six weeks before I got here, waiting patiently until I  finally made it to Lockwood by bicycle. I had asked her if I could stay with her or camp on her property before I left Carmel for the first time. She graciously agreed. She’s moving, eventually, and…

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Mission San Antonio de Padua

Mission San Antonio de Padua is named after a thirteenth century Franciscan monk of Portuguese origin, born Fernando Martins de Bulhões, also known as Anthony of Lisbon. He died in Padua, Italy in 1231 A. D.; he is known as the “finder of lost possessions.” According to the web site missionscalifornia.com, Serra was the Founding Father…

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Mothers’ Day

The ride from Soledad to King City on Thursday, May 11 was beautiful! I took Arroyo Seco Road past the Arroyo Seco River and then on to Los Coches Road, which is a serenely quiet and peaceful road through brilliantly green fields (the town of Greenfield is aptly named) and vineyards. I’ve heard not such…

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Soledad

Soledad is a Spanish word meaning “solitude.” I always thought the town of Soledad was so named because it was in the middle of nowhere. I have discovered that it bears this name because it is named after its Mission Nuestra Señora de La Soledad, or Mission of our Lady of Solitude. This title for the mother of Jesus…

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Take Two

I began Take Two from the Carmel Mission on Monday, May 1 (and it was a gorgeous May Day indeed. All is still so green on the Monterey Peninsula.) I rode from Aileen’s house in Carmel to my storage unit in Pacific Grove, by way of the Seventeen Mile Drive, to store my backpack. Then I…

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