I'm starting to run out of clean clothes, so we must be getting close to home!
While it's obvious that everyone is showing the wear and tear of back to back to back riding days, it seems that they can see the "barn" and eager to get home to family and friends.
We again finished breakfast in the parking lot and set out for our morning picture with the local fire guys in Morro Bay.
The riders did a great job of riding in a large group for the first 26 years into Pismo Beach and down to Oceano for lunch with firefighters from Five Cities. Great sub sandwiches, drinks and a chance to thank them for their past 3 years of support.
FireVelo presented a framed jersey to the Chief and City Manager who accepted it on behalf of their firefighters and support staff.
What is meaningful about our time with Five Cities, is that they have had folks with cancer and our efforts mean the world to them. Weather was fair to the riders today as they left Oceano and headed for the "wall". The "wall" is maybe a 3/4 mile climb but it's best described as going up an Olympic ski jump! Half the group gave it a go with the others riding to ride another day.
Our day finished around 3 pm with 70 miles completed. That was the good news, the bad was the Jacuzzi had been drained for cleaning. As of press time, it was now open, but the temperature might need some more elevation. 6pm rolled around and we were the guests of the Lompoc FD for a spaghetti dinner with all the trimmings. the three mile climb up Harris Grade was completed without a hitch. Our day finished around 3 pm with 70 miles completed. That was the good news, the bad was the Jacuzzi had been drained for cleaning. As of press time, it was now open, but the temperature might need some more elevation. 6pm rolled around and we were the guests of the Lompoc FD for a spaghetti dinner with all the trimmings.
After the dishes were cleared, John Price and Cindy Ell from their respective groups shared a few minutes about their organization(s). One of the newest cancer screening procedures using trained dogs that have the ability to sniff a variety of cancers with uncanny accuracy.
Finally, as an ex-truckie I'm often asked why no pics of truckies. So to put those incessant requests to rest I've included a group of truckies gathered at the beach for a little sun and rest.
So there you have it.
Tomorrow is an early start with the riders covering the distance from Lompoc to Oxnard, essentially 100 miles.
We are almost home and we truly miss our family, friends and our own BED!