Reached San Diego and completed Phase 2. By the numbers:
- 5,153 miles (8,293 kilometers) cycled
- 204,290 vertical feet or 38.7 miles (62,268 meters) climbed
- 124 days on the road
Looking backwards seems like I’ve come a ways. However, looking forward I’m only getting started with approximately 11,000 miles (17,700 km) to go with the additional challenge of cycling through Latin America. I’ve also got ~426 days until the December 2017 Solstice. So far, this is my fifth longest bicycle trip, surpassed by (a) Across Canada in 1997 (#4), Across Africa in 2013 (#3), Across Eurasia in 2007 (#2) and Around Australia in 2001 (#1).
My plan is to take an intermission until Thanksgiving to take a rest and finalize my equipment based on what I’ve learned so far. After that, the next three phases are:
- Phase 3, Baja California to La Paz (1510km)
- Phase 4, Rest of Mexico to Belize (3135km)
- Phase 5, Belize to Panama City (2400km)
Depending on how those go, I’ll then adjust the final and longest phases across South America. Still thinking of either riding self-supported or as a backup plan with TDA South America 2017. Also, still open for others to join me on some or all this riding.
It was a little over three miles cycling to a hotel in downtown San Diego. After that got a chance to walk some through the city. There was a street fair going on including these pumpkins.
San Diego has a bike share program.
The afternoon was a little warmer, but these fountains let some cool off.
Amtrak train I’ll take on Monday morning early. I bought a duffel bag to condense my belongings into fewer separate bags. I also asked and Amtrak will let me take apart the bike on Sunday and leave it and other luggage in the luggage room.
Part of the reason for waiting to Monday to depart is trains aren’t running this weekend between LA and San Diego.
My first destination will be Portland, Oregon. I’m headed to Sugar Wheel Works to pick up a new back wheel built around a different (DT Swiss) hub. Hopefully this hub will be easier to maintain on the road. Will see if this addresses the hub problems I had twice since Prudhoe Bay.
After Portland, back on the train to Austin. Plan to bring the bike in for a good servicing and otherwise prepare for next part of the trip as well as try a few shorter test rides on the new wheel.
Welcome back to San Diego! May I suggest Saffron Restaurant? The weekend special “KAO BURI WITH FRIED EGG & LAO SAUSAGE” is a very tasty authentic Thai dish but not scorching hot. When visiting from Irvine I make that a destination. http://www.saffronsandiego.com/dailyspecials.html
Of course if pizza is your preference it’s Bronx Pizzeria (bring cash) http://bronxpizza.com/ Both on Washington St. a couple miles north of downtown. Wish I were in town to meet you!!