Day two is the long day. Day two is the tedious day. That’s what I’ve been told. You couldn’t sleep from all the excitement of Day one, but, you gotta get up early to leave before the crowd. There’s apparently a lot of walking from camp to the open road through Santa Cruz. Too many people for that tiny little city. But, hell, you’re in Santa Cruz! One of the most beautiful places on Earth. And you got there with your own thighs and butt! And you slept there over night in a tent! Does it really get any cooler than that?
Here’s what it looked like last year:
More information here:
Rise and shine early on Day 2 to beat the morning rush hour commuters and get an early start on your second day in the saddle! This is a long mileage day with relatively flat terrain that will take us through the Salinas Valley, also known as Steinbeck Country. The lushness of vineyards, strawberry and artichoke fields stretch as far as the eye can see in all directions. Highlights of the day include The Otter Pop guys at the Water Stop (which is at the Soledad Mission; make sure you stop into the mission where you can reflect on The Ride’s purpose and sign their altar cloth for a loved one), fried artichokes, and the Cookie Lady.
*New this year:
To alleviate congestion, and the challenge of riding out of Santa Cruz during heavy commute time, the route will open at 6:15am on Day 2, barring any route or rest stop issues. Bike Parking will be open beginning at 5:45 to help facilitate getting cyclists on the route earlier.
Harvey West Park
326 Evergreen Street, Santa Cruz, 95060
San Lorenzo County Park
1160 Broadway, King City, 93930