Carrie Suriano
Pacific Coast
Positive Influences I met up with Blackburn Ranger Jennifer and a friend she made, Billy, at camp.  What a treat to see her and begin to share some miles of riding!

The stretch of coastline ahead of us houses the Vandenberg Air Force Base, forcing one to stay inland and ride on the highway. The high for the day was 87, so we decided to take the Santa Ynez route to Santa Barbara. The alternative route was the better choice for scenery but gets very hot in the summer months, and one must climb the four-mile-long San Marcos Pass to get out of the valley.

In this section, what changed for me is that I was now riding with people. This introduced other personal opinions and ideas into the flow of the day. I was influential in our decision to take the Santa Ynez route. Jennifer’s suggestion led Billy and I in for a second breakfast: a HUGE breakfast burrito that fueled us for almost the whole day. In the afternoon, Billy and I in agreement found the ice cream shop in Solvang. I think it was the best ice cream cone and possibly the biggest single scoop I have ever had.  

As we rode in the heat, we all talked of swimming at the end of the day, but it was only Jennifer who had the courage to jump in the lake as the sun went down.


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  • What was the genesis moment or inspiration for your upcoming adventure? The inspiration came from a reach out by a friend via Facebook. She put the idea out there, I spoke with Nick (the head Ranger) and the desire for a long bike adventure has taken hold of me.
  • What is your goal for the route? My goal is to turn the pedals enough times to get me from Canada to Mexico. My goal is to have fun riding my road bike and to make biking an even more integrated part of my transportation/vacation choices. I am signed up for Cycle Oregon in September, a supported 505 miles. This will be excellent training.
  • Have you traveled by bike in the past? I have done two short trips by bike. My first trip was a solo adventure in New Zealand. I rode along the west coast of the South Island, around 389 miles. The road was pretty much quiet and the places I stayed either empty or full of group travelers. My second trip was more of an urban ride--I rode from Portland to Bend which is around 180 miles. Both trips I camped and in New Zealand I also stayed in backpacker hostels.
  • What do you hope to get out of this journey? I hope to wake up somewhere refreshing, like in a campground near the ocean, many times over. I look forward to getting away from habits and exploring my "local" area in an intimate physical way. And I look forward to simply being responsible for myself and the spontaneity and routine that I will find in that. I look forward to meeting people and hearing their journey of choices along the way.

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