So, after Sunday's absolute epic ride, I headed to Santa Barbara to ride Gibraltar, what some people call "America's Classic" and it is a classic climb. Not the hardest in the area but geez, it's got it all. Then, at the top I hung a right on East Camino Cielo road and rode 7 miles to the end of the paved section, with views superior to what I witnessed on Sunday. I'll be back in Ohio late Tuesday but Mark C will be leading the Canal Winchester ride and with luck and the help of Fed Ex, I'll have my battered and beaten bike by the weekend (it's squeakin like crazy). Oh, I broke my record time up Gibraltar today (less than an hour) and am feeling really good about my fitness. I suspect during this week I have passed certainly Flyin Tuna, probably Style Queen, probably fat boy Ryan R and...well that's about it but now I'm tired of riding and have decided to pick up running.
Lastly, get this small world moment. I was born in Zanesville, Ohio as some of you know. Zanesville was the birth place of the famous Western novelist Zane Grey and once, Bob Hope in a movie said he was not from Zanesville but from South Zanesville. Anyway, tonight I strolled into Solvang Brewing Company restaurant and sat next to a guy who I overheard talking about riding out to Jalama Beach today. I could not resist but strike up a conversation. As I travel about AZ, CA and FL, I run into thousands, perhaps millions of people who used to live in Ohio but this guy, Dan P, was born in......yes.....Zanesville. What are the odds of that!?!?!?!
More to come later on the famous Gibraltar climb.