A blog for and by a group of certifiable and committed cyclists (aka, Cyclopaths) from the Puyallup, Tacoma, and Seattle area. Follow The Puyallup Cyclopaths' adventures as they ride in the mountains of the Northwest and beyond.
Monday, July 3, 2017
2017_07_03 Puyallup/Tacoma to Santa Barbara Trip (Leon Matz & Mike Smith) (Day 3)
Author: Leon Matz
We jumped on our bikes just after 7 headed for Lincoln City but with no idea what we were going to encounter! I guess that is part of what an "adventure " is. Well almost right away we were in for a different day. Within 3 mi of leaving Seaside we start a climb and my Garmin 520 is telling me my virtual racing partner was Les Becker!!!! A few years back Les road up this climb at a real fast clip and was on the Strava leaderboard! Needless to say with loaded bikes Les beat Mike and I by a long way!!! I wish Les had been with us!
Within the first two hours we had climbed over 2,000 feet and were averaging a measly 12.7 mph. Mike and I commented to each other that today could be a real long day if this climbing continues. It would mean 9,000 feet of climbing in the 90+ mile ride!! Yikes!!!
Thank goodness things did change! Near Rockway Beach the road flattened out and our speed picked up ! Very cute little town!
Riding along the ocean with views of the coast were spectacular! We had to remind ourselves that we couldn't stop at every spot to take a picture or we would never make it to Lincoln City!