May 22, 2016
Davenport to Monterey (Veteran’s Memorial Park)
60.4 miles, 4:60 time in the saddle, 2698 ft of climbing
Total Miles: 967
The Weather App said it was 45 outside, so I got dressed with my tights and fleece top. Once I got outside, it didn’t seem that cold.
I could see all the way across Monterey Bay to where I was headed today. I know it doesn’t show up well in the picture. I was surprised by the number of vehicles at waysides, with people obviously sleeping in them.
What was the big change today, is that I had headwinds for most of the day. Not real bad, but enough to wear me down a bit.
I followed the ACA route through Santa Cruz without a hitch and stopped at a Starbucks off of Soquel Ave that I remember stopping at on the 3CR ride I did in 2014. While the fleece kept me somewhat warm both it and my jersey were soaked from sweat. I don’t know why I sweat so much even in cool weather.
I dried out a bit and soon found myself in acres and acres of strawberries. The ACA route takes you on a bit of a circuitous route to avoid Hwy 1, but the bonus was the strawberries, which I was even able to sample when I came upon a bunch of them scattered on the shoulder of the road. The were sweet and delicious.
Once back on Hwy 1, I just had to push through the headwinds to Moss Landing, where I got some fish and chips at a restaurant on the water. There appeared to some sort of kayaking event taking place as there were tons of them about.
Fueled up I headed out for Monterey. The routes gets on a bike bath that runs for miles. The first part appeared to have very little use, but it was nice not to be on Hwy 1 which was freeway at that point. I was still battling the headwinds so it seemed to take a long time and sap my energy to make progress.
I finally got into Monterey, where the wind wasn’t so bad, and found a Trader Joe’s for some supplies. Then I headed to Veteran’s Memorial Park which is run by the city and offers Hiker/Biker sites. But boy, I had to climb almost 500 ft to get there. Fortunately I had been warned by a cyclist I saw today that there was a big hill to the campground. I was disappointed that Logan was not there, and didn’t arrive after me either.