By the end of the day Thursday my achilles tendon was sore and slightly swollen. I was worried i'd have to sit the day out. Since most of the ride is flat i decided I'd be able to coast to the finish line ... well, except when we climbed Torrey Pines hill.
Peter was feeling a little better with his saddle sores so the two of us just took our time meandering through Dana Point and San Clemente. Lots of us rode in big groups through Camp Pendleton and down the coast. We were well ahead of our two o'clock ride in so we stopped at coffee shops along the way. Our big hill was Torrey Pines and I can honestly say it didn't seem too bad after Big Sur!!
There's a great outdoor restaurant at the 18th hole at Torrey Pines Golf Club so a large group gathered there for burgers and beer ... our final meal together.
San Onofre State Beach
Brian Stan Peter
Sabine & Brian
Just before 2 we all gathered for a group photo and then rode in to the beach at La Jolla. Peter didnt know his daughter Chase was flying out to be there. He was really overwhelmed with emotion. It was great to see the joy on his face. Marita and Chuck were there to greet us as well which really touched me.
It was an amazing journey... difficult, weather extremes, beautiful vistas, great camaraderie ... It really was a great adventure for us. Thanks to all of you for your love and support ....
Brian & Peter