I don't know if it was the wonderful message I received from Erin's Mom and Jessica's Mom, or the big hug I got from Brendan's dad Jerry, or the great new jersey my brother gave me this morning but whatever it was I had the energy of one of those small Italian sport cars - zoooom !!!
More hills today of course but they were nice gentle rolling hills. Rolling hills are great because riders get a lot of speed from the downhill which takes us sometimes all the way up the next hill. And today the downhills were just butter. We were on our way to Santa Barbara.
As we rolled into Santa Barbara, we were met with a wonderful smell of Jasmine flowers. They perfumed our way for miles. We also had the beautiful pacific ocean on our right. We could hear the waves crashing and birds singing above. What a beautiful ride we all had today.
After lunch I did start to become a bit tired. The sun was hot and we had pedaled about 47 miles. Then I heard someone mention free Ice Cream and suddenly my energy was back. It's fun riding with ALC. You get free goodies. First there were free cookies from cookie lady. Then free coffee from a local coffee house, now ice cream. So me and my turbo legs pedaled as hard as we could to make it for ice cream. It was soooo good. The little park where the ice cream was had bikes and happy riders eating their ice cream everywhere. To the left is a picture of my ice cream. I ate it before I could even take the picture.
I was riding really well today. I felt strong like nothing could stop me. Although the wind did give me a nudge every once in a while so I didn't become too full of myself.
Rolling into camp we were met with the cheering of riders and friends. Day six is complete. I'm on my way to a candle light vigil and then to bed. Tomorrow is day 7 and we're all eager to ride into LA.