Old Town, New Shops

Most of today was spent getting ready for my trip back to Utah. I had to unpack and repack the car, and after moving things around I realized just how little I actually had with me. I went to Sprouts to buy quinoa, bulk soup mix, steel cut oats, and 6 grain oatmeal for my breakfast (superior to Bob’s Red Mill 5 Grain Oatmeal – they really need to step it up). I finally picked up Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, the 4th book in the Eragon series at Barnes & Noble, and to my astonishment Continue reading

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Last Day of Summer

I spent my last day in California packing at a leisurely pace. I made some final decisions, not to take my ski boots, and also to run out to the mall to get some Sketchers so I wouldn’t be hurting my feet in worn out shoes. I stocked up on some food for the road at Sprouts, and drove down to the beach for a last trip to the ocean. The sky was completely overcast and I wore my wide straw hat to make sure the sun’s rays bouncing around wouldn’t burn my face too terribly. Continue reading

Day 17: Huntington Beach

Today I went for a bike ride from Newport Beach up the Pacific Coast Highway through Huntington Beach all the way to Sunset Beach, about 12 miles up the coast.

Ride from Newport Beach to Sunset Beach Along Highway 1, Map charted on mapmyride.com

About a half an hour into the ride I reached the Main Street Pier in Huntington Beach. There was a small Farmers’ and Crafts Market on the beach side, and two large surf wear shops were having sidewalk sales on the town side of the highway. I passed by the markets for the moment and continued up the coast another half an hour to Sunset Beach. I left the highway and rode along the back road behind the beach houses and stopped a few times to look at the ocean and watch the kite boarders. Continue reading