We took the Harris grade out of Lompoc for a nice break from the highway and a ride through wine country. That night, we camped near Avila Beach and hit up the Avila Valley Barn for coffee the next morning. From there, we pushed north to Los Osos Valley Road and Moro Bay. Then it was rolling hills, Pacific coast ranches, the Hearst Castle, etc. A short night was spent near Ragged Point and we rode like demons through Big Sur, stopping to rest and soak up our surroundings.
And then Santa Cruz! We rolled in on Saturday September 10th and performed at the Bike Church during wrenching hours. They are a non-profit tool cooperative run by some of the nicest people on the planet, and their doors are open to all who need access to tools and bike assistance for a low fee of $5. It's location really is a sanctuary; it's a few blocks from downtown and shares a building/courtyard with The Fabrica, PedX, Computer Kitchen, and Sub Rosa.