This is my seventh participation in the Grand Tour double century and it’s various distances. I have done the 125 mile distance once, the 300 mile distance twice and the 200 mile distance four times now. It is an enjoyable route in-spite of the many traffic lights and heavy traffic in some sections.

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Clear sailing on the wonderful Hwy 1 bike path near Mussel Shoals

The weather forecast was for morning overcast, burning off around mid-day, with 70’s on the coast and much warmer inland. That turned out to be pretty accurate for the day.

Cruising west on Hwy 1 just after sunrise.

Cruising west on Hwy 1 just after sunrise.

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It was great to see old friends again, here is Kerin at the Moorpark rest stop

It was great to see old friends again, here is Kerin at the Moorpark rest stop.

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You can't go to a double century in California without running into these guys, the Bullshifters.

Hello to Jim Pettet, making the case that old guys rule!

You can’t go to a double century in California without running into these guys, the Bullshifters from the Phoenix area. They were 10 or 12 strong at this event! Jim (above right) is their inspiration, at 70+ years of age with well over 80 doubles to date and still going strong! Be impressed.

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Heading west on the bike path at Emma Wood State Beach.

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Rory, knocking back a cold one at the Rincon rest.

Rory, knocking back a cold one at the Rincon rest.

My friend Rory from Cedar City was my all day riding companion. Here, he is self medicating with a prescription of caffeine, sugar and shade. This was Rory’s second double century.

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Oxnard boat harbor at about mile 160.

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Passing thru Point Mugu on our way home, 30 miles to go.

Passing thru Point Mugu on our way home, 30 miles to go.

We had a good ride with mostly favorable conditions and finished at about 7:30 pm, well before dark. No flats, no mechanicals, no drama, it was a good day to be out on the bike.

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