Lompoc to Refugio State Beach, then to Carpinteria

It’s cloudy again this morning, evidently a rare event in Lompoc.  We set off along Highway 1 again, turning up a canyon heading back to the sea.  This climbs a thousand feet in about 14 miles, but there’s a hill down at the other end.  It’s hot, hot, hot by the time we get there.
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We zoom down the hill and rejoin the busy Highway 101, running right by the coast.  Our final destination, the Mexican border is about 20 miles beyond San Diego.
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After a not particularly interesting ride, we arrive at Refugio State Beach, which is lovely.  We set up in hike-bike.
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This is within about 20 feet of the beach, possibly the closest we’ve been to the sea.
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We have a nice evening chatting to other bikers, drinking beer purchased from the camp store, and listening to the Pacific.
The next morning, Diane is in happy mood.  We’re on a bike path to avoid cycling on the freeway.
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Unfortunately, the path is closed when we get a couple of miles along it.  It’s falling into the sea.  We go round the obstacle with a bit of carrying and the like.
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We wind up back on the coastal freeway.  We’re supposed to exit, but they’re having a few words with the slip road, so the Pacific Coast Bike Route is diverted.  Basically, this means staying on the freeway to the next junction.
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Eventually, we hit suburbia, and then Santa Barbara, which has a nice bike path.
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Eventually, we pop off the end of it and onto a road which parallels the almost stationary freeway, until we reach Carpinteria, where we’ll spend an extra day.  They have more muriels here.
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We have a nice rest day, mooching about the beach, drinking margaritas and listening to a Johnny Cash tribute act in the local park.  We like Carpinteria.

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