Day 107 / Refugio camp – Santa Barbra, CA / 20 miles (Total 3300)
Up early and watched the sun come up
Fell asleep early last night and I was awake before the sun was rising. I start organizing the tent and packing my sleeping bag, when the color of the sky lit up with reds and yellows. I grab the camera and take a long, peaceful walk down the beach after breakfast. Another day of not having to bike to far, so I take my time enjoying the start of the day. Only 25 miles to Santa Barbra and a nice tailwind gets me there fast. Josh gives me the address, I find the house with ease and pull the Mother Trucker around back.
Friends come and go, or so they say. My friends seem to come and stay, and i’m all right with this saying. In the last 100 days, old friends have pedaled with me, new friendships have grown, and old memories rekindled after overdue reunions. It’s been over a decade since Iv’e seen Josh, and it’s been too long.
Years ago, I had the opportunity to wake up, start my day riding a skatepark and end the day the same way. Over the course of my stay at Rampage skatepark, a young, smart mouth, whipper snapper would show up and shred the park. 11 years old and fast on the bike, even faster with the tongue. I liked this kid right off the start. The age difference meant nothing to us, we were there to ride. Josh and I would ride the skatepark together for some time to come, building a friendship through two wheels.
:ast month, I had no game plan on where I was going to be. Josh Lee, kept in touch and let me know a place was waiting for me in Santa Barbra. My path lead me to his city and I was able to catch up with an old friend.
A warm welcome from their roommate Becky when she gets home from work, there is a flow of questions, answers and stories. She starts cooking and we talk till Josh and Lueral get home from Oregon. Venison for dinner and we all sit around the kitchen table, telling stories and enjoying everyone’s company. Going to stay here a few days get things ready for Mexico.
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