The Big Sur to Pismo Beach
Big Sur to Pismo Beach
Distance: 116 miles Elevation: 8,208 feet
Elevation in the ride:
Day three was pretty magical; we climbed over 8,000 feet through some insane mountain ranges, alongside some insane coastal views and totalled 116 miles – the most I’ve ever ridden in a day!
The start of the day was a little chilly as we climbed through the forest mist and into the mountains; once we were above the clouds though, the sun was shining through the trees and we were set up for an absolutely gorgeous day!
It was the sort of day where you think you’ve climbed the highest hill, then another comes along after a crazy descent (to which there were so many!). The moral of the team was high though & once again, the support team were amazing to shout us on, or give us water & tasty snacks to keep us going. I got some great footage on my GoPro which I’m dying to show you all!
We moved out of the mountains after lunch and started to tackle the rest of the killer 116 mile day. It’s amazing how many micro-climates you see in 1 day. It was literally mountains, then marshland next to beaches (elephant seals included) to volcanic landscapes to inter-city streets.
It would be lying to say that it wasn’t a difficult day. My legs had settled to an extent but the quads and knees were starting to ache after the battering taken in the mountains. Day 3 was mentally exhausting more than anything; there were moments of long stretching roads with not another person in sight, and these were hard work when all I was doing was pumping away at the pedals & trying not to count the miles, metre by metre.
I’m also very please to announce that I have hit my target fundraising of £1,000! The support from everyone is invaluable and I can’t express my thanks to the kind words everyone has shared with me, and the support I’ve received financially. Cry in the Dark will certainly benefit hugely from this money!
As I have done on previous days, I thought it only fitting to share a few more photos of the day, to give you a taste of what it was like: