Day 22 – San Simeon to Arroyo Grande
After a long hard day in the saddle yesterday it was nice to wake up this morning with the prospect of a relatively short day and a day to let the legs recover a little. Today was also the start of our fourth and final week of tour and it only seemed like yesterday that we were leaving Port Townsend for our first ride together. In the past 3 weeks we have ridden over 1,300 miles and have climbed in excess of 67,000′ and have now just 400 miles left to ride to the USA/Mexico border.
We stayed at a Quality Inn last night and I had a nice room with a balcony that overlooked the Pacific Ocean. Breakfast was the full works this morning and I made full use of the facilities. It was also Kate’s birthday so a full rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ somewhat bemused the other guests in the dining area.
Roy and I set off together as usual and turned the correct way out of the hotel this morning before rejoining Hwy1. For once we had an excellent wide shoulder on which to ride, new smooth tarmac, which meant we could ride at a comfortable pace side by side, chatting our way through the first 18 miles of the day.
We dropped into the little town of Cayucos and grabbed a coffee and sat outside chatting to the locals with their dogs. It was perfect in the morning sun and we both could have sat there for a little while longer for sure.
Heading back onto Hwy1 for a short ride to Morro Bay it was now mostly urban but with the Pacific beaches still in full view to our right. At Morro Bay we turned off of Hwy1 and started to head inland away from the ocean. As we had been warned earlier this morning, the temperature immediately began to rise and we lost the cooling coastal breeze. We were now on small country roads and it was nice to be away from the traffic for once. The road twisted and turned and climbed and felled but nothing like yesterday and we passed several local cyclist coming the other way who we acknowledged with a quick wave. After a few miles we briefly rejoined US101 before again turning off it and heading for our lunchtime stop at San Luis Obispo. We couldn’t find any of the other riders here so Roy and I found a nice little restaurant and dined outside.
It was now only 11 miles to Arroyo Grande and as we headed out of town it was now very hot. The road still had an excellent shoulder on which to ride and I decided to put the hammer down to get the ride over as quickly as possible. Before long we were arriving at Arroyo Grande and the Beachwalker Inn and Suites. Our rooms not being ready we cycled down to he beach before finding a ice cream store where I indulged myself with a hot fudge sundae. Back at the hotel, the rooms now ready I quickly found by swimming trunks and headed for the outside pool. It was really refreshing and after a swim sat on the poolside loungers and soaked up the afternoon sun for a short while.
Having eaten at lunchtime I didn’t feel too hungry tonight so have procured some chocolate milk, sour cream and onion crisps and some chips ahoy and am sitting in my room feasting and writing this blog! Tomorrow is another shortish day and we head to Solvang, a pretty little town that has buildings similar to those found in Denmark.