Missions Santa Inés and Santa Barbara

The last two days have been a bit of a whirlwind of riding (and walking) my bike to visit the final two missions in Santa Barbara County. Getting to my resting place for the night has involved more time and miles than is typical for me and my body feels the stronger for it. I’m…

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Mission La Purísima Concepción

The original name of this mission is LaPurísimaConcepcióndelaSantísimaVirgenMaría, or The Mission of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. It was established in 1787 by Junipero Serra’s successor, Father Fermín Lasuén. It was the eleventh mission in the chain and was the headquarters of the Alta California Mission System for a few years. It…

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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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