David Johnson's Travel Blog
Bicycle Trip 1999
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Little Bicycle Trip 2011
02/07  How I spent my weekend
02/08  Three States and a River
02/11  Welcome to the Desert
02/12  A Cold, Hot, Dry Day
02/13  29 Palms
02/17  Joshua Tree National Park kicked my butt
02/18  Canyons, Farms, and more Desert
02/19  See, this is why I gave up on the van
02/20  It snowed
02/25  Temecula to Oxnard
02/26  Not nearly tough enough
02/27  Solvang and Buellton
03/06  (pictures)
03/12  (pictures)
03/13  (pictures)
03/14  (pictures)
03/19  From Solvang to Lompok
03/20  Nothing to Report
03/22  (pictures)
03/23  (pictures)
03/25  Technical difficulties
03/26  Pleasantly Not Soaked
03/27  Another Shortcut
03/28  (pictures)
03/30  (pictures)
04/01  (pictures)
04/04  (pictures)
04/05  (pictures)
04/08  Toxic Orchards
04/09  Los Gatos Road
04/10  Summits
04/12  CalTrain
04/15  San Francisco
04/16  Almost Car Sick
04/17  Pinnipeds
04/19  (pictures)
04/22  (pictures)
04/22  Terrorists Stole My Jelly
04/23  A Little More Peddling
Wisconsin Bicycle Trip 2011
Bicycle Trip 2011
Nomadic 2011
Kayak Trip 2012
Nomadic 2012
Liverworks Productions
Nomadic 2013
Liverworks Productions
Texas Pig Hunting
Bicycle Trip 2014
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Biking West 2015
Chickens and Pheasants 2016
Biking About 2016
New Zealand 2016
Kayak Trip 2017

Toxic Orchards


tl;dr: The weather doesn't like me. Neither do ants. Another cold day bicycling in California.

If it were 10 degrees warmer, or if I weren't directly bucking a growing headwind, or if the horizon wasn't speckled by rain clouds then I'd probably put in another few hours today. I'm just wimpy I guess, so I stopped at a motel in Lost Hills.

For the last two weeks it's been beautiful. As soon as I hit the road the weather turns. In fairness it turned yesterday, but my point stands. And that point is the weather doesn't like me.

Ants also do not like me. I took a break in an orchard where I was promptly bitten twice. I spend the entire day surrounded by swarming bees and I'm bitten by ants! These weren't fire ants, so I've got that going for me. The welts are still big and they itch.

It turns out my bicycle wasn't broken. It just needed adjusting. The rear gears work now.

Once again I traversed miles and miles of orchards. There were a lot of workers out and about on four-wheelers and trucks. They were to a man wearing hazmat suits. After a while it started to make me nervous. What could require such precaution? And why was I biking through it? Perhaps it was all the bees.


rain and irrigation

whatever these are there are a lot of them

hazmat workers

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