Someone put a hill between Pacific Beach and La Jolla. It was perfectly flat back when I lived here. Granted, that was on a 21-speed mountain bike toting only a bag of swim stuff.
This morning we made a couple little stops along the way to La Jolla–Kono’s Cafe, Tula Ru kiddie consignment shop, and Rusty Spokes Vintage Bicycles where I test rode a rear suspension beach cruiser. It was really cool! I didn’t want to give it back because four days on the Cabby’s unfamiliar seat has taken a small toll. Rusty Spokes also makes exhaust pipe kickstands. Heh. When I told the kids we were going to swing by a bike shop, the older one asked, “Bike shop with Legos?” Thanks a lot, Clever Cycles! You’ve ruined all other bike shops for him.
The ride to La Jolla went well. I even found the La Jolla Bike Path, which I’ve never before found on my own. It probably wasn’t the flattest route and I had to get out of the saddle to make it up the hill, but it’s great getting away from the car traffic. Plus the boys hopped out and discretely peed on the palm tree in the picture below. Yet another reason to choose bike path over busy road.
The baby fell asleep (yay for cargo bike naps!) by the time we made it to the Children’s Pool. I could have sat there and watched the seals for hours, but the big kid was irritated that children weren’t allowed on the beach so we moved along to the La Jolla Cove.
I was worried about getting up from the shoreline without walking, but we found a flat enough street. However, I did have to walk the Cabby five feet to get up to the La Jolla Bike Path. All in all, not too shabby.
Daily distance: 16.1 miles
Cumulative: 112.1 miles