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.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
2017_07_11 Puyallup/Tacoma to Santa Barbara Trip (Leon Matz & Mike Smith) (Day 11)
Author: Leon Matz
Forest Knolls to Pescadero lighthouse day 11 planned to be easy turned hard
We switched from a hostel that was way out of the way to a Warmshowers stay and that had some blessings and some downfalls! They were terrific people and we greatly enjoyed visiting with them but we didn't get our laundry done, and we didn't leave until almost 8:30. We didn't think it was a big deal since our ride was to be rather short! After about 5 miles, the traffic started getting heavy and lots of lights! We even used the sidewalks in some places. When we hit 101, cyclists were not allowed and the alternates were not very clear! After talking with a bus worker, he gave us a route which included a 15% hill! Yuk! We wandered around probably asking 10-15 people to help us find the route! It took a long time and was not very direct.
When we got close to Sosolitto we found a bike shop near the route. It didn't open for a 1/2 hour, but we thought it was worth the wait! We grabbed a snack and sat in the sun waiting! The shop did have all the parts that I needed, spent over $250 for new cleats , chain, rear cassette and small chain ring! About 11:30, we hit the road and wound our way through town towards the famous Golden Gate Bridge. During the day, the east side walkway is open. 8 feet wide 4 1/2 for walkers and 4 1/2 ft for bikers! Doesn't seem bad until you realize people are going both directions in both lanes. It appeared that the new thing to do was to bike across the bridge, so tons of novices on rented bikes are riding across the bridge and then taking the ferry back.