Distance: 60.68 mi
Climbing: 2474 ft
Last night we had the best night of rest yet, since leaving Washington. Thanks Todd and Lindy Turley for letting us stay over in that super comfortable bed in your guest suite and for breakfast and for setting us up with snacks to get us through the day and and and….. Todd rode out with us for over 20 miles, this morning, guiding us through the Santa Monica Mountains and back to the Pacific Coast Highway, and telling us about landmarks along the route.
We rode past a Paramount Pictures film location where two current TV series were filmed, before last year’s fire burned it to the ground. We also saw the location where scenes from Mash were filmed, back in the day.
One of the last times Steve and I rode here, the mountains were really really green and lush. No rain since Spring has turned most of the green into dry tinder that could easily fuel another massive wildfire. We hope they get some rain here soon.
We eventually ended up on Topanga Canyon Blvd, a high speed, mostly downhill stretch that took us back to the PCH.
It was nice to be back riding along the beach. We were riding in familiar ground, now.
After Santa Monica, we were headed to Venice Beach. I was craving an açaí bowl, and was disappointed, but not surprised that the Bowlology Steve built during part of our honeymoon was closed, due to reduced winter hours. Wait a minute. Don’t people flock to Southern Cal and Venice Beach year round?
The discussion after passing through Venice Beach was that we would be fine if we never went there again. Homeless people, drugged out people, mentally ill people acting out on others, women dressed like hookers, young people booming profanity over loud speakers, etc. are elements we prefer to avoid.
After passing the LADWP ocean front power plant, another scar on the beach, we enjoyed the rest of the bike paths till we turned inland at Redondo Beach.
Tonight, we are staying at a really nice little Airbnb in Long Beach, then we have. Long day tomorrow as we go in a quest for a Blue Bowl and to visit a long-time friend of Steve’s who lives in Coto de Caza.