Day Forty-Five – Dana Point to San Diego

Posted: June 24, 2015 in Cycling, Travel
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Day 45 Date 22nd June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
105.2km
2,810.8km
Weather Sunny
Rolling Time Total Rolling  05:35:16
164:45:36
Terrain Flat
Climbing Total Climbing  830m
28,899m
Spend
Hostel $26.00
Coffee $6.10
Beers $20.00
Food $10.00
Average Speed 18.8km/h Sleeping Hostel
Max Speed 51.5km/h Difficulty Easy

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I see the light!

This is my last full day on the bike to get down to San Diego where I am booked into a hostel there for four nights and will pop down to Tijuana as a day trip at some point during my stay there.  The weather down here is proper Irish summer every day, stopping off for a beer during the afternoon heat has become customary.  The vibe and the people down this far south has improved a lot from the stint through Santa Barbara, Malibu & LA which is great, SanDiego is a friendly city and the people are back talking to the homeless guy on a bike!

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There was one 20km section of six lane freeway today that I wasn’t supposed to be on but I hit a dead end and the only way forward was to get on the freeway (or go back but that’s just silly), to make things worse the shoulder was closed and barricaded off so it was shit scary to cycle on with the cars whizzing by.  At one point there was a break in the barricade so I moved inside it and had about a foot of shoulder to cycle on between the barrier and a fall into an excavated strip.  This was the least fun cycling of the trip!  I didn’t get into the city until after 10pm tonight so the ride into town from 20km out was pretty dark, first time I have had to cycle in the dark for the entire trip so the dynamo lights came in useful.

Once checked into the Hostel Habibi I got some food and had a couple of beers with the guys who work there before heading to bed, I’m pretty happy now that I’m as close to the finish line as I am!

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Comments
  1. Kathy says:

    Hey, Tony! So, your trip is almost coming to a close! It certainly sounded like a very adventurous journey and like the old saying goes, it is the journey and not the destination that matters. You will have some wonderful memories I am sure and tick this one off of your bucket list! Have fun, stay safe and hopefully we will see you back at the farm one day to hear more stories of your trip! Cheers!

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