After a casual 50 mile ride from Caramel Heights, with knees blazing, I pulled into a nice site in Santa Cruz called New Brighton. It was a relief because this had been my seventh day of riding and my body was really starting to feel it. Santa Cruz would be my home for a day. Nothing really amazing happened that night. I did go to a cafe called Aptos Roasting Company, and even though they served me a pour over cup of coffee, it was served without care and it ended up tasting unremarkable. Still it gave me an excuse to grab some WiFi so after a couple minutes and a few conversations with some locals I packed it up and went back to New Brighton to rest and get ready for my day off. A couple of riders from San Francisco were there when I got back named Jo and Mike. (So many Mike... So many Jo...) Some cool guys just having a quick riding adventure.
The next morning was Sunday, June 12 so I found a church to attend called Coastlands Aptos Foursquare Church. It was really great attending a service for the morning. The people we're really welcoming and I ended meeting a couple "couples" that offered me a place to stay on my return trip. Thank you Natalie/Rob and Rudy/Carissa. I hope to see you in a few months.
The afternoon was a little frustrating because I unexpectedly learned that you can't stay in New Brighton two nights in a row. (I would like to write a strongly worded letter to whomever decided that that should be a rule.) So I had to back track about 9 miles to a park called Manresa. Kind of a bummer because it put be back about a hour for the next day. It was still a nice place and I got to bed early because I was hoping to start early make it to San Francisco the next day which is a good 90 miles away. When I woke up there was a biker named Jonathan that had come in a little later so we had a quick conversation about what each of us were doing, swapped a banana for a cliff bar and said goodbye. As I was pulling away he said, "The road is yours Beau." Which, I think, is the most epic thing one rider can say to another. I'm taking that one John. So to all you touring riders out there. The road is yours! (Trade Mark: Beau Trembly)