Short Day with a twist

 

I was planning on a short day to give my knee a rest, but the Universe had something else in mind. The State of California closed Onofre State Campground early and didn’t post the closure on the campground website. When I rolled up to the entry kiosk, I received the news without enthusiasm.

20+ miles to the next campground, turning my short day into my longest day. The kiosk gal was great though and turned it around for me. She insisted on replacing my water with cold water for the extra miles ahead. I rallied, and it became a challenge instead of a disappointment.

I had just enough daylight left to pull it off.

I left Doheny Campground at 6:30 a.m. but had lingered at Starbucks thinking I had a short day. The sisters and I were interviewed by Road Warriors 360 for a YouTube channel, the creator, Jeff is an interesting, quirky guy. When he asked me “why” I was touring, my mind swirled with dozens of reasons, but I couldn’t put the why into words.

Hours and a lifetime later, I rolled into Carlsbad Campground just as the sun was setting, knee throbbing, but brimming with a sense of accomplishment. I had hauled 160 lbs of dog and gear 40 miles despite being in questionable shape.

Fed the gals, set up the tent, showered, skipped dinner and crawled into the tent. It took some decompressing via Facebook to finally rally to puff up the Thermarest. The sisters fell asleep the moment they curled up. I don’t think anyone moved until sunrise.

IMG_6403
Sigh. No notice of the early closure on the campground website.
IMG_6415
Dory making a rare front appearance. Normally she lounges like a princess. Through Camp Pendleton she was up front sniffing and wagging alongside Bodhi. Bodhi is usually wagging and nose to the wind, only taking short naps.
IMG_6417
In my defense I wasn’t pedaling in order to take a quick snap shot, I was going at least 7 mph. 😉 Camp Pendleton wasn’t the most scenic ride.
IMG_4741
A woman training a seeing-eye dog pegged the sisters and the bike as a good training opportunity and did several passes. Each time I held my breath hoping Dory’s simple brain wouldn’t fritz. Dory made me proud.
An inhabited section of today’s ride.

 

 

 

 

Photos from the Venice to Dana Point leg

IMG_4735
Road Warrior 360 visiting with Bodhi
IMG_4739
Dory getting some loving from another traveler.
IMG_4723
Doheny State Beach Campground
IMG_4690
Dory having a moment at the Huntington Dog Beach
IMG_4709
Pure joy
IMG_4691
Dory having several moments at Huntington Dog Beach
IMG_4635
Bodhi and Mandy, fellow Smithie. We had a mini reunion after a 27 year gap.
IMG_4648
Bodhi wishing she had one more cushion. She still managed to enjoy Mandy’s backyard.
IMG_4660
Mandy and Jake. Poor Jake was a bit shaken by Bodhi’s Jack Russell Terrier nature expressing itself.
IMG_4633
Canine companions waiting to be discovered.
IMG_4626
Lunch break.
IMG_4629
Amazing ride, about 12 miles of beach bike path between Venice and San Pedro.
IMG_4615
Alice, a wise old soul in a little girl’s body.
IMG_4624
Alice and mummy Sandra. Spent an hour with them at Starbucks in Venice. It’s been an unexpected perk meeting random interesting people.
IMG_6369
The Sisters catching a breeze in Venice.
IMG_4610
Hard to believe this is the touring route.
IMG_4612
Google maps has a bike option. Check it out, it lead me through funky alleys while I was visiting Venice.
IMG_4603
Strike a pose.
IMG_4578
Where’s Forrest? Hanging out in Forrest’s Treehouse in Venice pit stop. I met Forrest in Uruguay four, five years ago. Fun to see his USA emanation.
IMG_4581
The Treehouse’s tree.
IMG_4587
Soaking it in.
IMG_4652
Jake the Sphinx.
IMG_4660
Mandy with Jake

IMG_4599 - Version 2