Day 40 – July 27, 2001
Lompoc, CA to Carpinteria
State Beach, CA
14.69 Average Speed
4:50:14 Ride Time
10:30 am Departure
4:30 pm Arrival
2504.16 Total Trek Miles
you ever seen the movie “Best of Show?” Andrew and I (Rocky) felt like we were in that
movie this morning. For
those of you who are not familiar with this documentary, it chronicles
the intricacies of today’s modern dog shows.
The city of Lompoc was hosting a large dog show the weekend we happened
to ride through. As we went
to our complimentary continental breakfast we met some very dedicated
dog owners. Naturally, our
conversation turned to the Lompoc Dog Show and we learned about
the different categories of dogs and the common names used to differentiate
the males and females. You can imagine how we almost choked on our
food when a total stranger started giving us a detailed run down
of the competition her Shitzu faced.
How many dogs and female dogs (she didn’t say “female dogs”)
her “little girl” had to compete against.
This early morning conversation was not only quite entertaining,
but it opened our eyes to a whole new sector of society.
ride today was a fairly routine one. It is scary that I can write that, but on day
40 you are allowed to lump some of the similar days together. We got a late start because it became necessary
to fix a Joey’s rear wheel that had three broken spokes. The bike shop opened at 10:00 am so that explains
our apparent lazy start. Because
of the wait, we were able to watch Lance blow away the field in
the last individual time trial of le Tour de France. He beat the world’s best riders in a 61-km ride by over a minute.
That is unbelievable. His average speed was 50 kilometers per hour!
That is almost 31 mph. We get extremely excited when we reach 31 on
our bikes screaming down hill with a tailwind.
We rode through Santa Barbara today. It is quite a nice place with its beaches and
polo clubs. It started the
never-ending stretch of beaches that cover the Southern California
Coast. About 10 miles past Santa Barbara is a quaint
town called Carpinteria. Wendy Davis, a friend of ours from Provo
was camping with her family at the State Park there on the beach
so we decided to go see her. Our
short visit ended up being our destination for the day as we couldn’t
get ourselves back on the bikes once we saw the beach and prospect
of a nice meal prepared by Wendy’s Family.
The Davis’ treated us like royalty. We ate Burgers and the best tasting corn I
can remember. Joey’s desire
for a smore was also satisfied right before bedtime.
We had a great time “camping out” with the aid of the Davis’
Trailer. We realized for the first time on this trip, and in our
lives for that matter, why people actually purchase Recreational