Pacific Coast Bicycle Route – Day 49 – Leaving for Lompoc

Leaving Oceano early this morning, we headed out under cloudy skies. What’s new, right?

Leaving Oceano, had dinner at the Rock and Roll diner last night
Leaving Oceano, had dinner at the Rock and Roll diner last night

Within a few miles we took an alternate route, and due to the fog, did not see the steep hill we needed to climb until we right upon it.  After that hill, we rolled through the countryside, miles and miles of fields filled with strawberries, and salad fixins (similar to our ride north of Monterey).

Fields of salad fixins
Fields of salad fixins
Irrigation pipes and more green fields
Irrigation pipes and more green fields

Leaving the fields behind near Orcutt, we traveled into town to find breakfast at Kay’s Country Cafe, scrumptious breakfast and lovely decor. We cycled on back roads until we reached Route 1 again then traveled  a few miles on Route 135 to reach Harris Grade Road.

Interesting eroded rock outside of Orcutt
Interesting eroded rock outside of Orcutt

The word grade should let us know that it will be a climb. It was long and steady but not steep

Harris Grade Road on Bill's gps
Harris Grade Road on Bill’s gps
Starting the climb up Harris Grade Road
Starting the climb up Harris Grade Road
Still climbing
Still climbing and yes it was a little warm today in the sun.

The 1000 ft. climb to the summit gave us a grand view over the town of Lompoc. (Photo at top of blog) A steady, quick descent brought us into Lompoc  by 1:00 PM.

Nice bike trail into Lompoc
Nice bike trail into Lompoc

Since we couldn’t check into the hotel until 2:00, we cycled around town to find a barbershop for Bill. He now does not look like a grizzly polar bear.

Tomorrow our destination is Goleta on the outskirts of Santa Barbara.