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    SLO to Morro Bay (quick pre-work ride report)

    We're in the process of moving from LA to San Luis Obispo County. I'm working in SLO during the week and coming back to LA on weekends. SLO has lots of things going for it, but cycling is at or near the top of the list. These are some pictures I took on my pre-ride work on Thursday. I left SLO in the dark and headed north on Highway 1. Most of the shots were taken on the way back when it was getting lighter.
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    Green hills and helicopters

    The hills need no explanation. The old planes and helipopters are at Camp SLO.
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    Bikes and cows

    The first picture is at the County Sheriffs facility. I assume these are lost/stolen/impounded bikes waiting for good homes. Next is a ranch house just north of SLO. My good cow picture won't upload for some reason. The things are everywhere in the county.
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    Back to the big city

    The population of the City of SLO is about 45,000. It's a college town and very cycling friendly. Many of the roads have bike lanes, including Santa Rosa Street. If you've seen pictures of my pre-work ride in LA, you may be able to appreciate the difference. I stopped for a signal once on this ride. On my average ride here, I'll stop 20-24 times for signals on a 26 mile ride. I won't miss that.
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    sweeeet

    i wish i could pack my bags and move out to Cali. Nothing wrong w/ TX but there arent that many spectacular rides in the area i live (DFW and currently College Station). It's pretty much "blah", cept for Austin but i cant say that word in Aggieland or my legs may get cut off..


    *sigh* makes me wish i was a cycling vagabond

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    Go Mustangs!

    Cal Poly grad, class of '97, Electrical Engineering. Stuck in Western Michigan. Crying alligator tears over your photos.

    I always liked going out broad st to Avila beach to Pismo and back. Anywhere there is great.

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    Nice. Start/finish of Lighthouse Century, too.

    We enjoyed riding around SLO when we did the Lighthouse Century back in September. We're looking forward to doing it again. Thanks for the photos.

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    Nice photos

    Damn! Look at the price of gas! Going from LA to SLO is a 180 I think you'll enjoy. With the wind down there you'll soon become a Classic's specialist in the Dutch mold.

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    Isn't it especially great to be in California this time of year, after we've had some rain and everything's green for a few months? It's like that out on Blood Alley, aka Hwy 126 between Castaic and Ventura, with emerald-green hills flanking the fields and orchards around Fillmore and Santa Paula. Get out there on a morning after a storm's passed through in the night, and the air's been washed clean and the silver remnants of the clouds are gliding past on the breeze. Gotta love it.

    SLO does look like it's ripe with possibilities--I'm sure it'll be a while before you exhaust them.

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    Nice move! Some of the best riding in California in SLO County, wich I am sure you are aware of. Did you leave AT&T or was it SBC? Are you going into practicing again?

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    New job

    Quote Originally Posted by OwenMeany
    Nice move! Some of the best riding in California in SLO County, wich I am sure you are aware of. Did you leave AT&T or was it SBC? Are you going into practicing again?

    JTB

    PS Really nice pics!
    Thanks, John. I did leave SBC (just before the ATT merger was announced). I'm working for the court in SLO County. I'm going to post some pictures of other rides that are actually more scenic than the SLO to Morro ride. The hills just south of SLO are also beautiful and there are lots of wineries.

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    Are you ever blessed!

    SLO and the surrounding area are our favorite - unfortunately, I'm likely to stay in LA for quite awhile yet. I envy you your great fortune in living there now!

    Maybe we'll see you at the Lighthouse, or some other time when we're taking some vacation days at SLO and/or Moro bay.

    Enjoy it!

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    Amen, brother. We had to make some sacrifices to make the move, but I feel very confident it will be well worth it. Send me a message through RBR if you want to get together for a ride when you're next in SLO. The same goes for anyone else who's in town.

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    MM- here's a link to some of the rides from the Great Western Bike rally. They all start in Paso Robles, but it'll give you a good idea of places to explore. Star Farms is an interesting place, kind of an oasis on a hot summer day. I liked the ride to the zoo in Atascadero too, and Mission San Miguel is nice, although I think it was damaged in the big quake PR had a couple years ago.
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    Thanks for the tips. I'm working in SLO, but we'll be living in Paso Robles. I think the Bike Rally starts at the fairgrounds, which is about 2 miles from our house. I've scouted out a few possible rides here: http://www.slobc.org/favorite.html

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    Yup, the fairgrounds is rally headquarters. I envy you living in PR!
    It's all fun and games until someone ends up in a cone.

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    Those are nice rolling green hills.

    Congrats on the move and looking forward to future pic threads on SLO.
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