We departed Oro Valley at 8am with an expected arrival in Solvang, CA at 5pm. All was going well as we traveled on I-8, jogged north to I-10, crossed the Colorado River and transited through.....
....Palm Springs, CA. Mount San Jacinto, towers over us at 10,800' so slightly higher than Mount Lemmon. Exiting Palm Springs, we ran into traffic at a virtual standstill. We killed 45 minutes in that jam and from that point forward, we encountered many such delays as the volume of traffic overwhelmed the 4-6 lanes available to us. I thought CA was in a virtual lockdown???? Then, on the 101 we....
....emerge with grand views of the Pacific and the Channel Islands. Reaching Santa Barbara, we take the 154.....
....into the Santa Ynez mountains, cross over and descend into....
.....Santa Ynez Valley, home to Solvang, Los Olivos, Los Alamos, Buellton, etc... Great cycling opportunities in the surrounding countryside. I'm escorting Amy on a beautiful loop of 25 miles on Monday and then doing something more ambitious the following day. More to come.
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