To New Brighton SP 98km
Nathan, our host in San Francisco, runs a "not for profit" bicycle repair workshop. It's situated in the "Tenderloin", a notorious area of San Franscisco, known for unemployment, drugs, street people, and the sex trade. "Yellow Bike" accepts donations of old bicycles. A volunteer who is a qualified bike mechanic gives the bike a once over to see whether the bike is repairable. Then a "local", unqualified mechanic, keen to learn the trade is set free with tools, to either repair the bike, or dismantle it for parts. The parts are used for spares. The repaired bike is sold, at a very cheap price, to the repairer, or some other local in need of transport. Great outcomes..... new skills being taught, cheap bikes being made available, work being offered to street people..... Does anything like this happen in NZ?
It's Yellow Jacket season. Yellow Jackets are like wasps, and we've encounter them a few times lately. On the cool mornings they seem to be really drowsy, and that's when I've run into them. The other morning I was stung three times. Damn, they hurt, and for several days after the sting, there is pain and itchiness. Another experience, like dog bites, that I could have done without.
Marijuana isn't meant to be legal in California, except for medicinal purposes. There must be alot of very sick people here. I'm sure I've got High from secondary inhaling in the parks of San Franscisco. I know San Franscisco has a reputation to up hold, and we did visit "Hippie Hill", but it seems as everyone in the park was high, or heading that way, especially near the Drum Circle, and at the Skating Park. If I didn't know better, I'd think California was going to "Pot".
We thought we'd seen it all, but today, cruising into Santa Cruz, we definitely saw it all, as we cycled past a nudist beach. I nearly fell off my bike, trying to cover Juliet's eyes. There are some things a young lady shouldn't see.
Ju and I have slowed down. We've got a bit of time before we need to be in LA, and there's lots to see along this coast, so a day of 50km seemed appropriate. We were rewarded with some cool tracks off the main route, including some dirt tracks over a peninsula, with some awesome views, and some time watching dolphins frolicking in the surf. This morning we watched a huge flock of sea birds diving for fish just off shore. Im pretty sure the fish had been rounded up by the dolphins, and the clouds of birds were having a feeding frenzy. While we watched the birds, cute little rabbits were running around us, until a Redtailed Eagle swooped down and took one for a flight, before eating his breakfast. Nature is amazing. Ju wants to try a bit of surfing here in Santa Cruz, so maybe we will do that in the next few days as well.