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October 03, 2005


7:54 AM
So here we are in Southern California. Camping has lost it's beauty as I sit in a field of dirt where my tent lies and no more than 50 feet away is a strip mall as we have landed smack dab in the worst location of this camp site. Kind of strange to see the extreme differences in the Oregon Coast and Southern California camping. By goly, there's a friggin Carls Jr. in birds eye view. WOW!! Me and nature as one?

So we've decided today will be the last day of riding. We will be in San Diego county after todays ride and thought it would be nice to relax an extra day at the beach. We had no campground set in San Diego, so this was the solution to everything. I'm excited it's over to be honest. My mind is starting to wander towards other projects, endeavors, interests. To say I'm OCD might be an understatement. I miss Monica, I miss my bed, I miss clean clothes, I miss Korean food, I miss working at Asian Man, I miss going to the movies, and I'm sure everything will be reversed and I'll miss everything about the bike ride once I get home. But too much of anything can be tiresome. When I get home, the first thing I want to eat is a big burrito at Vallarta in Santa Cruz. YUMMMMM....

We had spent the last few days in Seal Beach. Matt Embree's mom has got to be the kindest woman I've ever met. Well, one of them at least. She hooked all the riders up with a massage from a local school. Even though my guy kind of sucked, it didn't matter. It's the thought that counts. She made a cake and made us all feel at home. Joel, another rider from Seal Beach...Well, his parents had us over for breakfast yesterday. Home fries, quiche, breads, pancakes, veggie sausage, juice, and coffee. For some strange reason my food wouldn't digest. It just sat up in my chest for most of the day. I finally slurped down a pepsi and the carbonation washed everything down.

We arrived at around 4:00 PM and with still a good amount of sunlight left in the day, we headed to the beach to play some ultimate frisbee. Only ten minutes into the game and one of our crew broke his left pinky toe. Ouch. Dan Potthast volunteered to take him to the hospital and 5 hours later, they came back with a broken toe in a cast. He's still gonna try to ride today. Incredible. And wala!! We're almost done. Be well everyone.
Peace,
Mike Park

8:08 PM
We're finished. We arrived at our campsite at a bit past 4 PM and went straight to the beach and into the ocean. After the initial shock of the freezing water, we became quite relaxing and tried to body surf. Ahhhh.. FUN for sure. i feel so relaxed right now. Everyone is gathered around the campfire, conversing, laughing and enjoying the memories of this past month. I can't believe we did it. Part of me is bummed that I had to sit out certain stretches, but I still rode over 1,200 miles. Something that I'm very proud of. I remember a few weeks before we left thinking there's no way I can physically do this. There was a big part of me thinking what the hell am I doing?? But you just need to do it and try. Isn't that what life's all about? I'm going to relax now and just smile and look at the stars. Be well.
Peace,
Mike Park