. No contest, off towards the coast, starts to drizzle & we're really not sure if we're going the right way, why did the pacific coast route sign disappear? Then we reach route one & a cyclist tells us that it's ok from here on to use it, thank goodness, so off we go - it's not too busy. Since yesterday we've seen lots of signs warning that we're in the Tsunami evacuation zone, these amazing houses that are so close to the ocean are in the front line, I guess that the San Andreas fault is the problem. Finally arrive in Malibu & we can only see the road side of the mansions, from the beach they must be amazing as they look pretty good from here - with Mexicans tending immaculate gardens & even taking out the trash, do these people do anything? Arrive at the Malibu Country Inn (which we had booked yesterday) at 2.30 and the nice receptionist, Ivy, let us look at several rooms but we were fine with the cheap €130 (well it is Malibu!) room. She was quite a large lady & really made us laugh with stories of gluten free, vegan Malibu guests- they even had gluten free pizzas here at the hotel, I had already seen a McDonalds sign on the road advertising egg white only breakfast McMuffin! How do the French manage with all that bread I wonder? She told us that half a mile down the road was a brewery & some shops, she even said she would drive us but we thought we would cycle before we showered but just as we started out it really started to rain, I really didn't need a beer that much so we turned back, lucky we did as it really got heavy. So after washing we had a rest and had an early dinner at Kirsty's Wood Oven& Wine Bar which was joined to the hotel, very fancy ( the Rib Eye steak was $50!) but we had a soup to share and shrimp penne arribiata both really great, so with wine & tip was $155 - just a shame the wonderful view was obscured by the bad weather. There was loads of pasta left over so Peter took it a away & said he'd eat it tomorrow, not sure when!
Great nights sleep with the sound of the ocean but had to get up in the night to turn off the gas log fire, it was too hot. Woke later than usual 8.30 as the hotel was so quiet, checked the weather online - yesterday it said rain from 10pm but now it says from 2pm! Quick breakfast of cereal & muffin then off, the nice guy at the hotel showed us the way on his map and gave us some more cakes to take as he said there's not much along the way. Nice start from Ventura, a great harbour with so many boats (well & guess we're not too far from LA for the rich people) then on to Oxnard. It's a bit hard going when the road is so straight ahead for as far as you can see with just fields of strawberries, avocados & more amazingly turf - when you think that there's such a drought & they're wasting water on grass! We're following the pacific highway cycle route which is well signposted but suddenly we're at a big junction with Route 1 & several other roads, TomTom says go straight on, Route 1 to our right is going to Santa Monica but as we decide to go up onto the one the we sign says 'no cycles' - ok so we'll follow TomTom so after a few more miles she says go straight but when we look at our map it seems if we go right we'll get to the 1 whereas if we follow TomTom we'd be going up mountains