Into rattlesnake country..

This was a timely reminder in a rest area off the highway as I dropped back down to the coast near Santa Barbara.

Did you know that a rattlesnake can still administer a lethal bite some time after it has been beheaded? Best to do the Clint Eastwood thing and just shoot it…

Some of the bridges have an extra layer of security for cyclists. By pressing the button you trigger the lights that tell the traffic to give you a fighting chance of getting across safely….and some will very considerately refuse to overtake until you have crossed. Very impressive…

And should you ever exchange your tent for a motorhome, don’t forget to take your car in tow so you’ve got something to get around with while the bus is parked up in an RV park. I mean, we wouldn’t want to see you walking, would we?

After a fairly tough 88km, that included a long climb to 1100 ft, and a rip roaring descent of 2 miles…

….I stopped in Santa Barbara to be hosted by Antoine, from Grenoble, but seconded by his company to work on a project that incorporates the use of lasers in fibre optic technology. Now that this brief summary has made me sound very knowledgeable, I want to make special mention of Antoine’s home made pasta…..supreme!

But, of course, only to be expected of the modern Frenchman these days…they are all Michelin starred, aren’t they?

About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on October 22, 2018, in Vancouver to Mexico 2000 miles and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. what a great idea on the bridge – can you imagine it being adopted here in the UK

  2. So never cross a bridge when a cyclist is flashing?!?

    • Bridges nearly always narrow down to exclude a shoulder, and here in the US, it’s dangerous to have to ride with the traffic……ha! They should come to the UK……

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