Travel Blogs from Solvang
We left palm Springs early and drove straight to Santa Monica. The freeway got pretty busy when we got close to LA. We parked right near the beach at Santa Monica and walked to the pier and then to the main shopping area on the 3rd Street Promenade. The beach is great. The weather is getting better too, it was about 20 degrees.
We walked …
... chat followed about where we came from & were going, all at the side of the road, really nice. Finally off again & the Tomtom took us a nice route through side roads then back on the same road again, then the climbs started. The smell of the broccoli fields start going and suddenly we're in vine country, the views all around are just wonderful with the mountains in the distance - it's just like France except instead of the ...
... that is a kick ass pace by the way. We never narrowed the gap!!
The battle term ....."leave no man behind" apparently applies to only the riders in the Charlie and Delta companies.
So we decided to keep cranking and try and out run the Bravo Company guys to the first rest stop at the 23 mile mark. But, like the poor break away groups at the Tour de France, the Bravo Group Peloton reeled us ...
... or something. I rushed to the door and she said, LOOK. I looked, then looked some more, and even looked some more more--but didn't see a snake, didn't see a mountain lion, and didn't see a boogie man. She then said, 'look down at my feet'. Almost afraid to do so in case she had lost one of her feet to some dreaded disaster, I slowly did. She had sandals on. BUT each foot had a DIFFERENT sandal--a VERY different ...
... were they all locals, etc, etc. Part of the joys of people watching, being able to make up your own answers to questions like that! We continued our stroll down the famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk and imagined how crazy busy it would get during the summertime. That place was a kid's dream come true with rides, carnival games, sugary fair food and an awesome arcade full of old school and new age video games and other awesomeness. We cashed in some coinage and got ourselves ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services