Made it to Santa Monica, CA
Day 49 July 21st Arcadia, CA – Santa Monica, CA Miles 39 Total Miles – 2,603
Weather: 90 degrees, sunny, light wind
We were excited to get going this morning because we knew we would complete our bicycle ride today. Although we only bicycled 39 miles it was all urban riding with lots of traffic to share the road with. The drivers were good but it still was a challenge and you really had to pay attention.
We took a slight side trip to the Walk of Fame and had a chance to see many of the stars along this famous roadway. Unfortunately there were also thousands of others looking at the same stars and it was difficult to get thru with a fully loaded tandem. We didn’t stay long and soon were on the road again.
Unfortunately a couple of miles later Tracy said the back tire feels weird, so we stopped to checks it out. Yes, the sidewall on the tire was failing and we needed to stop and put a new tire on. So about 7 miles from our end point we were fixing our tire, right next to a Starbucks store!!
On the road again and a great ride thru Beverly Hills, amazing homes in this area. We then dropped down to Sunset Boulevard, Broadway and Ocean for our final push to Santa Monica. The ride down Broadway was very nice with a bicycle lane and slower moving traffic.
We finally hit the end at the Santa Monica Pier – YEA!! We were very excited and enjoyed the limited time we had on the pier. Between the traffic and tire repair we got to the end much later than planned and our ride was to arrive between 2:00 and 3:00pm. So we had 45 minutes to explore and get our pictures.
A childhood friend of Tracy’s – Rick was picking us up and taking us to his place to spend a couple of days. Rick lives in Riverside about 90 miles from Santa Monica and was in Santa Monica for work and agreed to pick us up and save us a 90 miles ride back to his house – YEA Rick!!
We are glad to be done with the trip but enjoyed meeting all the people and seeing some amazing sites. We will take Amtrak back on Tuesday and arrive back in Green Bay the evening of July 28th.
Thanks for following our blog, we hope you enjoyed it. Plans are to do a presentation on this trip at Badger State Brewery in the next couple of months – watch for more information in the future.