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 rode back to Carmel, again through Pebble Beach, passing by Carmel beach where the water was turquoise blue

and then around one of my favorite spots on Earth, Carmel Point and Stuart’s Cove.

At the Carmel Mission I asked a group of men who were speaking Chinese if one of them would take my picture.  I assumed that at least one of them would understand English. Sure enough, one of them  emerged as a leader and kindly did so.

The Carmel Mission is also known as Mission San Carlos Borromeo Del Rio Carmelo, as it was moved from the original mission site in Monterey where the San Carlos Cathedral now stands. Serra moved the mission closer to the Carmel River both for the water and because there were more native people living there. Ironically, Carmel Mission was abandoned for a time (most of the natives died) while San Carlos Cathedral, or the Royal Presidio Chapel, has always been in use. Here is the original mission site in Monterey, recently renovated. It’s beautiful inside and out.

Carmel and Pebble Beach are extraordinarily beautiful places, home to the rich and famous. As I rode my bicycle  to Salinas on day two, I was struck by one major and highly significant difference between the two places: the former has an abundance of trees

while the latter is sorely lacking in these bastions of beauty and health. The farther east you go in Salinas, the fewer trees you see, until they disappear almost completely within the agricultural zone.

Modern day agriculture is sometimes described as being “industrial”  and more like mining than farming. There has always been in me, first as a foodie and later as an environmentalist, a deep desire to grow my own food. To do so in such a way that the surrounding ecology is enhanced rather than diminished would be an honor and a blessing.

As I rode south along East Alisal Street in Salinas and eventually on Old Stage Road, I saw quite a few abandoned greenhouses.

I have been told that these greenhouses used to be flower nurseries but that most of them went out of business because of some trade agreement or other, at which time the country of Colombia became the flower power. Now, years later, these green houses are hot property, due to the fact that the legalization of marijuana is imminent. One has to wonder if the famous “Salad Bowl of America” will eventually become the “Pipe Bowl of America.” I did vote in favor of its legalization, I have to say, mainly because it is being grown in our National Forests, resulting in pollution of streams and rivers with rodenticides and herbicides.

After one night’s stay with a good friend in Salinas, I continued south to Gonzales, this time to dog- and chicken-sit for my friends the Gulartes. Here’s a photo of a beautiful, older home in town; “April showers bring May flowers!”

The infamous Salinas Valley winds have begun and it’s a good thing I’m headed in the right direction! I’m very grateful to have the wind at my back.

Using the Camino Real as a structure for my meanderings is helpful; it gives me a historic and traditional route to follow as a pilgrim. Whether I remain faithful to it remains to be seen–I’m taking this One Day at a Time.

So far the bike is working out great. I now understand the significance of the invention of the wheel as I never did before. I feel that I have suddenly progressed from one stage of evolution to another. Motorists are not necessarily thrilled to have me join them however. I have to be mindful of them to say the least.

12 thoughts on “Take Two

  1. wonderful pictures Jody…………i admire your courage and persistence and love reading your blogs…you notice everyday things and make them fascinating with history and cultural sound bites. bon voyage, dea

  2. So glad to hear that you are back on the road Jody. I enjoy reading your observations and “traveling” through your eyes. Wishing you the best with your wheels.
    love,
    Debbie

  3. I love sharing your journey vicariously, Jody <3

  4. All of your thoughts and ponderings are food for thought…giving ourselves pause to identify why we believe what we believe. Thanks for keeping the conversation going…..

  5. Jody, sounds good. Karin and I will heading down to Texas in a week or so. From there we will head west. We hope to hook up with you and share your journey.

    1. That’s great, Frank. I look forward to meeting up with you wherever our paths cross. It will be good to see you and Karin after so many years! I’ll never forget the time I babysat Hans for you.

  6. I dreamt about you last night, Diane. You were graduating from high school and came to see me. And here you are now. ?
    What do you believe? I believe in the power of love, beauty, peace, fairness and honesty, to name a few things. ♥️?????

  7. That was great! The Internet is ca-razy right now and your blog was a breath of fresh air.

  8. Hey Jodi!

    I love reading your blog, it allows me to live vicariously through you and your adventures. What you are doing for yourself and the world is truly incredible and inspiring. I wish you the safest of travels and if you find yourself back in Monterey County our home is always open to you. Take care and best wishes.

    Valli Winters

    1. Thank you Valli! I appreciate your support and your kindness. It’s possible I may do the whole thing in reverse at some point, so thank you! I’m wondering about you and how you are doing, so let’s talk sometime soon. ♥️???

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