I awoke at 3:30am but strangely, getting up that early for vacation has a different feel from getting up that early for a business trip. Go figure. I knew the bike had arrived in Solvang the day before but still sweated out checked baggage that contained the shoes, helmet, pump, etc.. It all arrived with my flight via Chicago and San Fran, out of Columbus. The bike went together and a spin around the parking lot indicated all was good to go!!!! I gazed at the nearest spine that is a mere 800' climb and then looked at the Big kahuna, Figueroa Mountain with 3500' of climbing. I'll be up and down that several times so I can burn enough calories to justify all the food and wine I'll consume.
But First. At the Hitching Post, a upscale restaurant that was featured in the movie "Sideways", I assumed the role of a lounge lizard and camped out to watch the BUCKEYES in the first half against Santa Barbara. By half time, I was starting to wind down and returned to the Wine Valley Inn. Tomorrow, it's out to Jalama Beach for a very hilly ride.