Happy to Be on the Left Coast

It’s not the south of France, but spending time in Southern California is not too shabby either!  We are fortunate and grateful to have parents with a home in Orange County.  They are not here year round, and generously invite us to come enjoy this cycling mecca when we can.  We are living it up for three glorious weeks in the OC with our 15-year-old Erickson tandem.

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If you are new to the blog, and are interested in how the tandem travels and gets put together, you can go to this blog post from our summer adventures in Provence

Highlights of our first week include extraordinarily hot temps (okay that may be a lowlight).

The heatwave brings out sunset swimmers!
The heatwave brings out sunset swimmers!

Spectacular sunsets and stunning sunrises for those lucky enough to be awake.

Sunset at Corona-del-Mar beach
Sunset at Corona-del-Mar beach
Catching some sun at inspiration point
Catching some sun at inspiration point
Sunrise shot taken from our roof
Sunrise shot taken from our roof

30 miles a day on the bike, some questionable behavior from our rear hub (okay another lowlight) and a subsequent overhaul at the Jax bicycle shop in Huntington Beach.

Heading north on PCH and enjoying the view
Heading north on PCH and enjoying the view
Riding through the Back Bay of Newport Beach
Riding through the Back Bay of Newport Beach

And a trip to Beverly Hills for dinner and a screening of “Burnt” with Roger’s Hollywood-connected friend Madelyn.

Fantastic veggie burger at the South Beverly Grill
Fantastic veggie burger at the South Beverly Grill
Short ribs at South Beverly Grill
Short ribs at South Beverly Grill

Coming up next: A ride with the Southern California Tandem Group and a visit with the “Vons”.

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