Paragliding at Bates! Paragliding at Bates!
April 14th The forecast for today was less than optimal! We checked the weather last night and they were calling for 20 mph winds... Paragliding at Bates!

April 14th

The forecast for today was less than optimal! We checked the weather last night and they were calling for 20 mph winds out of the west north west, which would make it a direct headwind for us. Fortunately we woke up and the winds were calm but it was very cold! We had a quick breakfast with Annette and the boys and were on our way just as they were headed to school. The riding was easy and mostly uneventful. As usually we followed the coast and we on a bike path for most of the morning. It seems we are finally out of the very populated parts of southern California and the landscape is beginning to become a bit more wild, at least along the coast. Fortunately this means we are passing more campgrounds that allow tent camping!

Our plan was to get to Santa Barbra today and I was getting excited because of all the possible paragliding spots in the area. As we passed the first of these spots I saw the windsock and realized the wind did not look quite right for flying, but at the last minute we decided just to check it out and ride to the top of the launch. I was stoked to see another pilot about to launch! I quickly got the run down on the launch and finally got to get my glider out for the first time on this leg of our trip! The wind was light but it was flyable. Although the flights were short, they were great fun! As we flew a few more pilots showed up but after about an hour and a half the wind that was forecast from the night before finally arrived and just as strong as promised. That was the end of the flying for me. One of the pilots told us about a fly-in that is happening in Big Sur next week and it looks like it will line up perfectly with our route. So more flying to come!

Considering the 20 mph wind with gusts to 30 we decided we would cut the day a bit short and camp just down the road at Carpinteria state beach. Just before setting up camp we met another cycle tourist named Beto and we will camp together for the night. Setting up camp was pretty challenging in the wind but we got it done. Now Devon has started cooking mushroom risotto for the three of us tonight. Such a great day, so happy I got to fly and happy to be at camp!

JoeRuscito

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”