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4/4/99 - Day One Posting - Carlsbad, CA



In spite of the hollowing winds that greeted us when we arrived in Newport Beach on Saturday, Easter Sunday morning gave the promise of a "perfect day for riding" ...

We 18 riders were anxious to "Get on the Road" ... but did enjoy a delicious breakfast, followed by the taking of MANY photos, by friends and relatives (plus professional photographer) ... dipping our back wheels in the Pacific, standing with bikes alone, with other riders, and finally the group picture. We were finally finished with the pictures and the long-awaited moment arrived when we kissed spouses, children, grandchildren and friends "goodbye" and headed for the road. (It was a tearful experience ... happy, to be sure, but leaving loved ones is always a sad experience, and we would have liked to take them with us!!!)

A short ride to the ferry took us across the narrow waterway to Balboa Island from where we actually began serious peddeling. Our route today went pretty much due south, past beautifully landscaped homes which hugged the coast. Lush green hills, covered with red sedum, and a host of spring flowers greeted us at every turn. We passed one beach after another ... one lovlier than the previous one.

Bob Weeks and I rode along, singing Easter hymns! This is probably the first time either of us has been away from family for this holiday, so it was nice to have someone celebrate the religious aspect of the Day with me!

We stopped at this beach for a photo op - and I can't remember the name of the beach!



Finally we reached Camp Pendleton where we followed a bike route until we neared Oceanside. Another few miles and we were in Carlsbad, CA - a rather lovely coastal town. Our lodging for the night is at Carlsbad Inn -- a beautiful spot on the ocean. I did not have time for the "Hot Tub" - but did enjoy a wonderful hot bath before our very delicious supper (pasta ... what else?)

As I type this message at 10:30 p.m., my room mate is not feeling well ... very sore throat, so I will make this short for today. I do want to end this by telling everyone that this was indeed a day of Resurrection .. from the foreboding weather of yesterday - to the brilliant, clear, fantastically georgous day today was. As I rode, I did think of and pray for all those who would love to make such a trip. I do not know why God's good fortune smiled on me, but for each one of you, I carry you with me ... rejoicing at the joy of riding, of pushing up hills, and coasting down the other side! I am so grateful to be doing this, and so full of celebrating my good fortune, I hope that pride does not go before the fall!!!

More tomorrow! Our plan is to ride from here to San Diego (Coronado Island)... wish me a safe journey!

Peace!

Kathleen


To read about Day Two click here

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