Overcast skies and a little bit of mist covered our departure from Lompoc this morning.
After breakfast at the Budget Cafe in Lompoc, we cycled quickly out of town and began the ascent of our last “hill” – at least the last big hill on the profile section of Map 4. We meandered through a valley,
following a creek through brown fields for about 14 miles
with a steady climb, 100 ft. up, then a 50 ft. downhill, then up again, then a downhill until the last two miles where we climbed to the summit of 1100 ft. At 9:30 the sun came out.
The descent was sweet, two miles downhill 7% grade in about 5 minutes!
We stopped at a rest area where Route 1 ended and we merged into Route 101 again (Las Cruces). At 10:30 the sun went back in again as we approached the coast.
The last 27 miles were on a four lane divided highway along the coast.The views were limited with the overcast, foggy skies over the ocean.
We have stopped for the day in Goleta and plan to go see Alice in Wonderland. Tomorrow we will cycle through Santa Barbara with Oxnard as our destination.