Start Time: 7:29 AM PDT
Stop Time: 5:30 PM PDT
Start Location: Yucca Valley, CA
Stop Location: Malibu, CA
Lodging: Malibu State Park Campground
Breakfast: Campsite (cereal in almond milk)
Lunch: In-N-Out Burger (cheese burger and fries)
Dinner: Campsite (PB&J on a flour tortilla, Apple)
Miles Traveled Today: 351
Weather: 81-91, Sunny, Clear Skies all day today
Route: CA-62, I-10, CA-60, I-215, I-15, I-805, I-5, US-101, Las Vergenes Road.
Today’s ride will be logged as my least favorite day so far, although the weather was great, clear skies all day, with mild temperatures most of the day, but just too much Interstate and too many metropolitan areas for it to be too terribly pleasant.
The biggest adventure came when approaching the area where US-62 meets I-10, and quite a few miles of I-10. The winds had to be the most severe winds I have ever ridden in. All you can do is just lean the bike into the wind and be ready to jerk it back when the wind dies down.
It was a beautiful area, and a heavier concentration of windmills than I have seen so far. At one of my rest breaks, I threw my gloves (new gloves I might add) up on the dash like I always do, and when I got back, one had blown away. The Lord was gracious when he only allowed the left hand glove to blow away because I still had a perfectly good left hand glove that was a match to the one that came apart back in Florida. Michael Jackson would be proud of my different gloves fashion statement.
My next stop was the Post Office in San Ysidro, California, which was my second corner, woo hoo. Two down, two more to go.
To celebrate my second corner, I took the advice of some of you following this tour, and found me an In-N-Out Burger joint. Man was that place packed, took 30 minutes to get my cheeseburger and fries. I will say that In-N-Out Burger is way, way better than Whataburger (or as my good friend Keith Hill said, Whatacrappyburger).
Got to my campground at a reasonable hour tonight, and once again, what a beautiful setting. As I sit here typing this, the temperature is in the mid 70’s and there is a cool breeze blowing through my tent (it’s supposed to get down to 61 tonight). There are not that many perfect weather evenings, but this my friends is one of them.
Since I was navigating through two major metropolitan areas today, I think you can imagine for yourself what kind of drivers I encountered on the highways and byways of Southern California. Let’s just say that just because you are occupying a segment of the road apparently does not mean that you have a right to occupy that segment all by your lonesome. Nuff said about that.
Thank you Lord for keeping my eyes and mind sharp today, I’m thinking your Angel Armies needed just a little bit of my help today since oblivious was the Interstate travelers word of the day.
Just a quick reminder, if you have not already, click on the Follow button on the right so you will get an email notification each time I post (sometimes, based on Internet availability, all I can do is post the blog, but not add links to my social media channels).
Also, here is the complete map of my tour again, just in case some of you started in the middle of these blog post’s, and don’t want to go back and read all the previous posts. If I’m coming through your part of the country (check the spreadsheet link below for specifics on where I am staying each night), let me know and maybe we can grab a meal together. If you have an iPhone, you can follow my progress with the Find My Friend app, just get the free app in the App Store, then search for firstname.lastname@example.org.
One last thing, I shared this spreadsheet a few weeks back, and later shared a PDF of the file. I got to thinking that some of those reading this that are motorcyclists, and enjoy touring would like the info you can glean from this spreadsheet. I update it daily, so those that got the PDF version are missing those updates, and won’t have access to the final spreadsheet once the tour is complete. So here you go.