My cycling journey around the American perimeter
51 miles – Total so far: 2259 miles
Today was a day that was not unlike the last stage of the Tour de France (well, not really, but it sounds cool), riding down the Champs-Élysées in Paris, almost purely with a ceremonial mindset. This day was about riding 25 miles from San Diego down to the U.S./Mexico border and back to San Diego for picture opportunities and a few bragging rights. Ultimately, my U.S. 360 plan is to ride the Pacific Coast Highway North all the way up to Vancouver British Columbia, and then head East on the Northern Tier. My cycle touring buddy Matthew, who himself is currently on an epic around the U.S. tour, told me one time that, technically, if you want to claim you’ve ridden border to border, you can’t stop in San Diego. He said that you have to take a picture of the fence at the U.S./Mexico border to make it official. So, I took the obligatory picture of “the fence”!!
The ride today was definitely a multi-modal affair. We started out riding through the busy streets of San Diego. Later, we made our way to the docks, at which point we loaded our bikes on the Coronado Ferry in San Diego Bay to sail to Coronado Island. Once on the Island, we rode down the famous Silver Strand Boulevard, through Imperial Beach, all the way to the most Southwestern point in the United States. Ironically, the last mile of the ride took us into a very remote area of public land that had been washed out by recent heavy rains. We ended up going “off-road” on a parallel single track path to get to the border fence. Once there, we took a couple of memorable pictures, ate a muffin, reflected on the last couple of weeks, and began to make our way back to San Diego.
Later in the evening, as I contemplated the run from San Francisco to the border, I contrasted my perspective with that of my first two U.S. 360 Tours. I am relaxed, wind-burned, satisfied, and most of all, I now know firsthand what the word “epic” really means.
Oh, and if you don’t read Spanish, the title translates to “A Temporary End to a Great Cycling Adventure”
It’s All Good.
Photo of the Day: Success at the US/Mexico border, with a Tijuana bullfighting ring and lighthouse as a backdrop
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