LA to San Francisco – Part 5:

Dave’s First Bicycle Touring Trip

“Only those who will risk going too far
can possibly find out how far one can go”

  • Start Point: Butano State Park
  • End Point: Grandpa’s House in Milbrae
  • Approximate Total Miles: 55
    Check out the rest of the trip here!

Day 5 was pretty simple. Ride 55 miles to my grandfather’s house in Milbrae. Everything was smooth sailing. I stopped at a coffee shop near Half Moon Bay and bought a bagel and some pumpkin bread for the road. The weather was amazing until I hit Pacifica which was, as usual, grey and misty. The steepest climb of the day was made somewhat (barely…) better with the view of the beach and surfers enjoying the waves. By mid afternoon I had made it to Grandpa’s house! I was overjoyed to be done, and to see him.

My grandpa Seymour Winston was a man that I looked up to in many ways. He played all kinds of sports as a kid in Chicago, basically taught himself electrical engineering after signing up to fight in WWII, and started his own company. I have fond memories of going to the “Lion Park” playground as a child when we visited. Memories of helping him with projects in the basement “dungeon” where he had his little workshop. More recent memories of the Aubrey-Maturin series of books by Patrick O’Brian that he introduced me to later in life.

That last day riding; past the reservoir where I used to go on walks with the family, past the lion park and up the huge hill to his house was a ride down memory lane. Spending the next few days with him watching a baseball game, reliving past memories, and having quality time just the two of us was the best part of this trip. Ordering Chinese food and watching our favorite movie, Master and Commander, the last night capped off my first big adventure in the best way possible.

That night, I felt something in my bones that I had felt the entire trip. It turned out to be the last time I ever saw my grandfather. I couldn’t think of a better way to etch my fondest memories of him into my mind forever. The only picture that I have from that day is this: the last picture of us together.

Me and my grandfather

Published by Dave and Meredith

Two endurance junkies turned adventure travelers. Come on a trip with us!

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