After about 10 miles out, riders encounter the other two particularly notorious hills on the whole ride, lovingly referred to as "The Evil Twins" because they are steep and fairly long, the second being a climb of 1.8 miles. At the top of the second "Twin" we reach the "Half Way to LA mark in the ride. Just over the summit there is a wide spot where most riders stop to have their pictures taken. From that spot, there is an amazing vista across 8 miles of beautiful countryside to the Pacific Ocean. However, on this particular day there was no point in stopping there because the view was obliterated by the fog. So I opted to stop just short at the summit of Twin number 2.
The ride down this very long steep hill, was fast and furious and so very cold. I was shivering so much that I had trouble keeping my bike on the road.
At mile 33 the riders turned onto Highway 1 and headed down the coast toward Cayucos. A little coastal town where my paternal grandparents had a beach house. Seeing the town always brings back fond memories from my childhood.....even on cold and foggy days. The ride continued on to Morro Bay and then turned inland toward San Luis Obispo. From that point on we headed south, eventually reaching the coast again. Near Pismo Beach the sky cleared and while still chilly, it was great seeing and feeling the sun.
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