Twelve years ago, I bought this book in preparation for a three day ride from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz. My riding partner got sick on the second day and we didn't finish the ride, but it was still a fun trip and ever since, I've wanted to do the whole thing. A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to meet someone who was also interested in the adventure of a long bike trip down the coast. We've spent over a year now talking about it, planning, organizing, collecting equipment and now it is time for the journey to begin. We're heading out to Anacortes, WA where we will meet up with the rest of our riding team. Mari, Nora's longtime and closest friend, who is also a bike enthusiast (she doesn't even have a car!) will be riding the whole route with us. We will begin on July 1st leaving from Nora's parents' driveway to head south down the coast riding between 25 and 80 miles each day, camping and staying with friends and at hostels and enjoying the views along the coast until we reach my parent's house in Laguna Beach on August 3. We will post pictures and stories along the way. It should be quite an adventure.