There is an ACA for this route, as well (Great Parks North).
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I am trying to figure out what would be best to keep my shoes and socks dry while riding in the rain
Have you even ridding the whole way to San Diego/Mexican border? If so, any recommendations for that bit of the trip?
I've had the opportunity to go through it more carefully. You mention the ride to Santa Cruz can be done in 3 leisurely days, but you recommend 2. I have been planning the 3 leisurely days option, so I wondered if there's a reason you recommend doing it in 2. From a things to see/do, would it be better to do this section in 2 days, and then spend a day looking around Santa Cruz?
From Santa Cruz to Monterey, I'm considering going on the Eastern side of Elkhorn Slough (http://connect.garmin.com/course/5598892).Â
Quick question - I keep reading about hike/bike campsites. Just wondering what exactly they are....
I'm also thinking of cutting out the Santa Barbara to LA section and catching a train, to save a bit of time and potentially traffic stress. Am I missing much by doing this?
Some people swear by their Leatherman, but before you buy and carry one, ask yourself exactly what maintenance on the bike requires one. Very little to none. Yea, sure, there are some theoretical things you might do with it, but most are unlikely and you can figure out other ways to do those things.+1 the Leatherman and it's copies are both heavy and have a lot of unnecessary tools for bike travel. A middle range Swiss Army Knife will have all of the useful tools (knife, small screwdriver, scissors, and even the essential corkscrew.) with much less bulk and weight.