Day 1. Saturday, April 23 – San Diego to Pine Valley, California

Saturday 23 April 2016

We were blessed with a beautiful morning and a cool breeze softly blowing off the ocean.  Old Town was quiet IMG_1793as artists and vendor slowly began their set-up for the Saturday morning market. We  wound our way through industrial parks, hotel row and shopping malls then on to a more picturesque DSCN9760and peaceful highway.DSCN9761  Though our first few miles were relatively flat, our legs felt the strain of our bags’ added weight.  The mild rolling hills were not bad and particularly scenicDSCN9753 through Mission Trails Park,IMG_1795 but at mile 27 the uphill became constant and our pace slowed dramatically.DSCN9775  By 12:30 we reached a small town and a chance for rest, DSCN9780refreshment and the best Grilled Cheese sandwich ever (cheddar, smoked gouda and parmesan on the outside); hit the spot.  The climb continued after lunch DSCN9791with a few mile trek on the interstate (the only road available in our direction)DSCN9794and a quick look back at the height we had climbed.DSCN9804The day was still cool and breeze had turned to a nice little tailwind.  The terrain was getting more barren,DSCN9799 though still green.DSCN9808  The continuous uphill did not quit until mile 45 (18 miles straight up) when we finally got a break from the relentless climb. DSCN9810 We had another hour of up and down before we crawled into the motel parking lot a little after 4:30, our legs too exhausted to scream, but our eyes not too tried to enjoy the view. IMG_1811 We had no idea our 53 miles would be over 6000 feet of climbing and require over seven hours in the saddle, but then the map did show a pretty steep climb (we are at the top in Pine Valley).DSCN9814  Dinner did not last long enough on the plate for us to get a picture of the all-you-can-eat spaghetti (only managed one Big bowl).  Hopefully a good long night’s rest will do wonders for recovery.

11 Responses to “Day 1. Saturday, April 23 – San Diego to Pine Valley, California”

  1. Rob Taylor Says:

    what a great start, great weather and a long climb but you made it. Brilliant.
    Ride safe and long may the wind be on your backs.

  2. Sharon Groh Says:

    You did it! One down, how many to go?! ? Take care and safe travels friends!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Wow beautiful scenery ….off to a great start. Hope day 2 is not as crueling! House next door has sold?

  4. Jim corzatt Says:

    Good start! I look forward to your progress reports and pics as I recuperate on my couch, eating as much as you and burning zero calories.

  5. Dianne carter Says:

    Wow. Seems like a beautiful but hard day for the first. Hope the legs get stronger and the hills get smaller.

  6. Ramsey Says:

    I’m speechless. My legs and ass hurt just thinking about it… Now does that mean you have a week of downhill?

  7. Karen Says:

    Wow you are warriors!

  8. Mel Says:

    Sounds like a good first day.

  9. Justin Says:

    Great weather for your start this year. Looking forward to following this adventure.

  10. Faith Says:

    My legs hurt just reading about your climb.

  11. MaryEllen Says:

    I’m back and just now catching up — it may take a couple of days reading the blog while I enjoy my breakfast at work each day…. England, Scotland and Ireland were great. Couldn’t help think if we saw some of the same things…. Great pics for the first day!

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