San Jose to Palm Springs

We left San Jose the next morning, and we hit again the twisties, to cross Mount Hamilton.

Beautiful road, and lots of deers and squirrels on the side of the road (everywhere, not just here), which is cute, but also made us be a lot more careful, since they can jump in front of you anytime. Especially the squirrels, those little things love to cross the street right when you are speeding towards them – crazy adrenaline junkies!

We stopped at the University of California Observatory, on top of the hill, to take pictures.

Then we rode through the desert all the way to San Luis Obispo.

We camped at Avila Beach Hotsprings and we watched a movie while in the hot pool (that was a first, and it was awesome!)

The next day we woke up in the pouring rain, and we decided we didn’t like to be wet, so why not ride to Palm Springs, where it was nice and sunny. The plan was to get going, and get out of the rain as soon as possible. Well, turned out “soon” was 8:30 PM, when we got to Palm Spring. We rode a whole day in the pouring rain! I think someone up there figured our gear needed a good wash.

When we got to Palm Springs, the wind gusts were so strong there were dunes of sand on the highway!!! I was the lucky one, I did not hit too much sand, but Vasile and Robin danced big time on their bikes. We thought the ride through storms and dark was hard, but hitting the sand in the middle of the highway at 50 miles an hour made that look like a piece of cake.

But in the end all the efforts were so well worth it! We had a great time by the pool today, and then walking around downtown Palm Springs with Robin.

In the meantime Matt and Vasile went to have the new tires for Matt’s bike installed. They were all excited about this huge biking store in San Bernadino that had anything a biker would ever need, all sizes, all colours etc.

Tomorrow, another lazy day for me and Robin (this is my idea of adventure – just kidding, but I needed a rest), while the guys are going to play a bit in the sands of the Mojave desert – Joshua Tree State Park.

To be continued

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4 thoughts on “San Jose to Palm Springs

  1. Cristinelul

    niiiice. That road to the University is one of the most twisty road that I have been on. It’s a beaaauuty! I bet Vasile was smiling from ear to ear. Good to see that you’re getting some good “off-road” training before you hit South America.

  2. Oh yeah, Vasile needed a lemon to wipe the smile off his face:) The road was incredible, indeed, but it wasn’t the most twisty we’ve done in this trip so far. We had quite a few others. A lot of fun (not to rub it in)! Too bad you couldn’t continue with us:(

  3. Perry & Marian

    Glad you ‘stayed on’ your bike through the canyon 🙂 Gorgeous pics. Riding in BC won’t be the same again! Just wondering, why is Vasile not standing ‘under’ Marilyn? Take care!

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