Weeeeeeeeeeeeee! It’s been a whole month since we arrived in San Diego and I’m FINALLY blogging again. I guess that’s the drawback to being so consistent during the ride. Whoops!

Anyway, here are the pictures from our second to last day:

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We departed Huntington Beach with a full schedule for the coming day! Taylor and I were in the van and we had plans to meet some local riders who would lead the ride, plans to stop at a cupcake store for free cupcakes, and plans to meet Stephen and prep for the last day of our ride!

Here is the GPS route and data: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/586965816. I think Allison may have carried my watch for me? I’m not sure since it’s been so long… In any case, whoever carried it did fantastically!

We chalked the route for about the first 20 miles where we had our first water stop. Taylor and I gave the van a good cleaning, threw a TON of stuff out, and made a bin of unopened and unused food to donate. We then met up with about 5 local cyclists who led all of the riders on the rest of the ride. This made life in the van SUPER easy. There was no chalking or worrying about the riders. The locals told us where to meet them for the next stop and that’s where we waited for them to show up. The only road going to Solana Beach was an interstate which is what we had to drive on. The riders were able to take a bike path, but other than the water stops, the van couldn’t come rescue riders! Nothing major happened though and we made it through the day without any incidents.

For lunch we were all treated to plenty of Chipotle and for dessert we had cupcakes!

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These were literally the most gourmet cupcakes I’ve ever had. I actually felt bad eating them because it was like I was ruining a work of art! That being said, they were delicious and I could probably eat a dozen. On an unrelated note, Taylor and I went into a nearby thrift shop before the riders arrived for cupcakes and she scored a $10 Pagatonia vest which was unfortunately too small for me.

During the course of the day Taylor and I had a lot of waiting to do, so I did a lot of research on where I wanted to get my commemorative 4k tattoo! I picked a place in Solana Beach so as soon as we arrived at our host, Allison, Taylor, and I went to get my tattoo! Our host was Santa Fe Christian School which is weird because we were pretty far from Santa Fe. Anyway, for a while I knew I wanted to tattoo a grease mark on the inside of my right calf. It ended up having 14 teeth to represent the 14 states we rode through.

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During my tattoo, Allison left with the van so she could get a shower before the opportunity passed. That left Taylor and I on our own, so we went to get some food at a bar down the street. We both got a 50% discount on the most delicious fish tacos and beer! We also met a guy who bought us shots of Fireball, and even knew Bode Miller. For those who don’t know, Bode Miller is pretty much my favorite skiing champion of all time. The guy we met had a ton of pictures of himself with Bode and even let us wear the jacket and goggles Bode wore at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics where he won multiple medals!

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Once those festivities were over, Taylor and I walked back to the host. We got a little lost in the darkness and in true 4k style had to reroute to our destination. This included cutting through a parking lot, around to the back of a building and hopping a couple of fences to arrive back on campus of Santa Fe Christian School. As soon as we got back we showed off our tattoo’s and hung out together as a team one last time.

I know this post is really late, but I’d still love for you all to comment and also be on the lookout for my post about our ride into Mission Beach!

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