San Francisco to Monterey / by Lisa

We left San Francisco on Friday and have had a good couple of days riding, stopping in Half Moon Bay on Friday night, Santa Cruz on Saturday night, and tonight in Monterey.

 

 The view from Daly City south of San Francisco.

The view from Daly City south of San Francisco.

 Riding through the Devil’s Slide Trail, where we hit a wall of wind so strong we actually had to walk our bikes for a minute.

Riding through the Devil’s Slide Trail, where we hit a wall of wind so strong we actually had to walk our bikes for a minute.

 One of our camp meal specialities: couscous and veggies. Lots of carbs and quick to cook. Also, we have bowls, but we never use them—we have a communal pot.

One of our camp meal specialities: couscous and veggies. Lots of carbs and quick to cook. Also, we have bowls, but we never use them—we have a communal pot.

 Saturday morning, just south of Half Moon Bay, I got my fourth flat after not having one since northern Oregon.

Saturday morning, just south of Half Moon Bay, I got my fourth flat after not having one since northern Oregon.

 The culprit: a giant chunk of glass in the tire.

The culprit: a giant chunk of glass in the tire.

 Stumbled on a place called the Pie Ranch, so obviously we had some pie.

Stumbled on a place called the Pie Ranch, so obviously we had some pie.

 Lunch on the beach! PB&J and....

Lunch on the beach! PB&J and....

  ...a family size package of Nutter Butters, which we ate in 24 hours. No shame!

 ...a family size package of Nutter Butters, which we ate in 24 hours. No shame!

 We’re finally in the land of cheap produce - so many avocados!

We’re finally in the land of cheap produce - so many avocados!

 Jacob posing next to a field of Brussels sprouts—his favorite.

Jacob posing next to a field of Brussels sprouts—his favorite.

 Our cheap avocados for dinner!

Our cheap avocados for dinner!

Last night we were at New Brighton State Beach, which apparently people book for camping a year in advance. But since we were in the hiker/biker site, we just rolled in and paid $5 each for the night. We had a reunion of sorts with a bunch of people we’ve been passing over the past few weeks - a father and daughter riding from Sacramento, a guy from LA riding the coast to celebrate his 40th birthday, and a woman from Munich who’s riding the same route as us and left Vancouver right around the same time we did. Sean of the father/daughter duo bought some beer for everyone, and we sat around chatting until it was dark. It’s crazy to think of all the people we’ve met on this ride, and especially how we keep bumping into the same folks over and over again. It starts to feel like a little family that’s all riding down the coast together!

 For everyone who was worried we’d be too hot on this trip: not a problem. We’ve been cold basically every night. This is how we sleep.

For everyone who was worried we’d be too hot on this trip: not a problem. We’ve been cold basically every night. This is how we sleep.

 This morning, south of Santa Cruz, we biked through miles and miles of strawberry fields. It smelled like we were biking next to a lake of strawberry jam.

This morning, south of Santa Cruz, we biked through miles and miles of strawberry fields. It smelled like we were biking next to a lake of strawberry jam.

 The avocados keep getting cheaper!

The avocados keep getting cheaper!

 The avocado was 20 cents, and we got a crate of strawberries for $2. We ate all the strawberries right outside of this farm stand.

The avocado was 20 cents, and we got a crate of strawberries for $2. We ate all the strawberries right outside of this farm stand.

 Also stopped at an artichoke farm for some fried artichokes.

Also stopped at an artichoke farm for some fried artichokes.

 Rode through the dunes just before Monterey.

Rode through the dunes just before Monterey.

 Wrapped up the day with an obscene amount of vegan Mexican food in Monterey. Our days are just riding, eating, and sleeping. That is literally all we do.

Wrapped up the day with an obscene amount of vegan Mexican food in Monterey. Our days are just riding, eating, and sleeping. That is literally all we do.

Tomorrow we’re headed to Big Sur, and from there we’re about a week of riding away from LA!