Trip Summary

Day 52: 2929 miles completed, 8 states, 7 flat tires, 4 flat mattresses, 40 new friends and Bruce #1, 8 rest days

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Day 1: San Diego to Alpine, CA

What a glorious day to start our adventure finally.  After months of being relegated to the trainers in our home gym, after hours upon hours on these bikes going nowhere and relentless sub-zero Wisconsin weather, we have one day of the coast to coast journey in the books.

It was a beautiful sunny 70 degrees when we started out from Dog Beach and made our way east. Climbing was the order of the day.  Low mileage at 41.5 miles, but temps climbed to over 82 and we climbed from mile 23 on.  I do not know exactly the altitude we gained, but my legs can tell you it was a lot.  Yet we had lots of enjoyable company and we took breaks as needed.

One break was unplanned.  Right after lunch of fish tacos, we rode less than a mile and I heard what sounded like something rubbing.  Upon stopping to check, it was actually the sound of air leaking and a super soft front tire.  Jeff had it nearly changed by the time Chandler arrived.  Some unknown sharp object left a tiny whole in the tire and flattened the tube.  Fixed, we were on our way to begin the climb.

It was hard, but it felt good knowing we accomplished it and recovered nicely with a cool shower and some snacks of roasted red pepper soup followed by our chef's delicious dinner; prime rib, rosemary chicken, roasted root veggies, an artichoke salad and banana cream pie to cap it off.  Oh how we missed Ann's cooking!

We are so enjoying meeting the new C2C riders and loving riding with old friends, Bruce1, Roger F, and Greg.  Seeing Bubba and his staff is like a family reunion, Joyous!

Jeff's cough and cold are improving, and his hearing is back to nearly normal. Glad to know his ear drum did not perforate with all the pressure.

We love getting posts from our supporters on Facebook and messages and pictures of you all wearing your P4P t-shirts.

Tomorrow is another climbing day, so we need all the support we can get, keep them coming!  We love and appreciate all of you.  Good night for now from our tent.  Listening for the howl of wolf packs like we heard 2 years ago.

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