Pacific Coast Bicycle Route – Day 57 – Done!

Our last day of cycling on the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route was a short one. We left Coronado this morning after a breakfast at Clayton’s Coffee Shop – a folksy, old-timey American diner that has been in Coronado since the 1940’s. (We also bought our celebratory cinnamon bun there for later consumption). The Silver Strand Bikeway is a well-paved trail that connects Coronado Island with the Imperial Beach, passing by several military installations along the way.

Silver Strand Bikeway leaving Coronado
Silver Strand Bikeway leaving Coronado
Blue Heron on the Silver Strand leaving Coronado
Blue Heron on the Silver Strand leaving Coronado

(A Naval Amphibious Base where the SEALS train and Lincoln Military Housing – also a Naval Air Station is located on the northwest portion of the island).

Once we reached Imperial Beach we only had about 8 more miles to cycle to reach the US/Mexico border at the end of our route.

Cycling outside of Imperial Beach to the Border Field State Park
Cycling outside of Imperial Beach to the Border Field State Park
Horses on Monument Road on the way to Border Field State Park
Horses on Monument Road on the way to Border Field State Park
The fence
The fence
The Fence at the Friendship Garden - binational garden only open on Sat. Sun 10-2
The Fence at the Friendship Garden – binational garden only open on Sat. Sun 10-2
View from the Border Fence looking out over the Tijuana Esuarine Reserve
View from the Border Fence looking out over the Tijuana Esuarine Reserve
The last hill -
The last hill -Border Field State Park

Those last few miles were reflective as we both thought about the last 1900 miles we had traveled. We’ve met many cyclists, traveled across many bridges, climbed many, many hills, had one flat tire, one broken seat, one broken gear cable and two sets of brakes changed (from all those hills we had to descend.) Those of you following on Facebook know that we also celebrated 47 years of marriage today and I can’t think of a better way to “be together” – Just like our trip, we have had our challenges over the years, but the good times sure outweigh the bad and the products of these years together – our three unique and wonderful kids are the best things that happened for us. ¬†We love you, Kristi, Trip, and Kate. Thanks for supporting us and encouraging us to take on the challenges of triathlons, 1/2 marathons, cycling the PCH, kayaking, engine repairs, house repairs, sharing you kids and dogs with us and celebrating with us. WE ARE FAMILY!

Celebrating 47 years today
Celebrating 47 years today
Done - Border Field State Park and Beach - US/Mexico Border
Done – Border Field State Park and Beach – US/Mexico Border

6 thoughts on “Pacific Coast Bicycle Route – Day 57 – Done!”

    1. Dear Matt,
      Thanks for the comments and for reading along. I don’t know about that “rest”. We’re headed to Alaska soon with our grandson for the next great adventure! Stay tuned!

  1. I’ve loved hearing about your adventures and will miss your posts! What a trip and amazing accomplishment! Happy Anniversary!

    1. Pat,
      I’m so glad you took the time to read along! Thanks for the comments along the way and the anniversary greeting. Hope to see you in August.
      The Gypsy

    1. Thanks, Marlene, I am glad my former colleagues could follow along to see what retirement can be like! I sure am enjoying mine! I do miss my YCSD folks though and the kids! Happy Summer, Karen Grass/ aka Gypsy Cyclist

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