Sycamore Canyon to North Hollywood
54 miles 50 miles
Today’s ride can be categorized as another learning experience (cue the sad clown music). This morning I packed up camp and headed out in good time. At mile four I heard a loud ping on my back wheel – not a good sound. Upon brief inspection there didn’t seem to be anything wrong but half a mile further the problem presented itself: I broke a spoke! Good grief, bike problems are frustrating. So on the side of the PCH I flipped my bike and pulled out my spoke wrench to do the best I could for a temporary solution. I’ve ordered a spoke kit already and it’s en route, but it would’ve been nice to have it today. I ultimately had to make a decision: push on and through the Santa Monica Mountains or change the route to ride to Santa Monica where the bike shops are and fix the wheel. I chose the second option – no reason to put myself at risk. As I headed south I ran into a woman on her own solo tour – San Francisco to San Diego – who I’d had a brief conversation with yesterday. Willie had been heading south and I was heading north but today we were both heading south. I had so many questions for her so we decided to stop for coffee in Malibu to chat. Another cyclist joined as well and we had a nice little afternoon together. I rode with Willie until we arrived at her hostel, exchanged info, and then I was off to find a bike shop. I arrived home as it was getting dark but at least there wasn’t a tent to pitch tonight. Glad the wheel is fixed. So nice to make new friends on a frustrating day – I expect this will happen often on my tour.