Monday, November 5, 2018 / 9 miles /
This was a special day: I got to ride with Janet and Jack. We met somewhat in the middle at Wilder Ranch State Park. They drove up to the north end of Monterey Bay, I came over the hill from SF Bay. We had no particular agenda in mind except to hang out on our bikes and take it easy and do the coffeeneuring thing. It wasn’t until we were gathering ourselves in the parking lot that Janet told me it was her birthday today. I was touched that she chose to spend part of her day coffeeneuring together. That made the day even more special.
I don’t have a lot of photos of the actual riding. Janet has more in her post. But it started at an historical ranch, went on a bike path along fields of artichokes, through a mixed-bag kind of zone in northern Santa Cruz out to the waterside, then down West Cliff Drive to Steamer Lane. Steamer Lane is a pretty famous surf spot, if you’re a surfer. It’s right below the Surfing Museum. We had our coffee near there, celebrated Janet’s birthday with a chunk of watermelon and a stir stick as a candle, then retraced our route. The conversation and the companionship were the highlights of the ride.