Trainee: Sir, I filled this pot hole but should I taper the edges, it is 5" above the road surface and may cause problems.
Supervisor: No leave it like that. My wife ran off with a cyclist and I want those SOBs to wear the edges down over time.
Anyway, it is a small climb of only 600' and then a glorious, if rocky, 5 mile down hill. Every bolt in the frame and my body needs tightening after that experience. Reached 246 and took it east, riding a tail wind and finally reached Solvang at 95 miles and 4100' of climbing.
I stopped at the bike shop to have the pedals replaced and chatted with the fellas. One guy said he had been out riding on Santa Rosa Road this week when a farmer stopped him and told him a mountain lion had crossed the road a few minutes ago. How cool is that? Another said he had climbed Refugio Road last week and saw a Bobcat. He told me next time I ride up the dirt portion, to pay attention to all the different paw prints. Because the area borders the Los Padres Forest of 2 million acres and also bordered by a large strip of coastal property, there is an abundance of wildlife. Gosh I love this place.
Well, one day to go. I've hit almost all the major climbs and would like to join the group ride on Sunday but I also have not had a day off. What to do, what to do....