Archive for July 2015

Day 5 Big Sur to Santa Cruz

Monday morning had me jonesing to surf.  I had gotten a tip about a killer wave from Adam at, and wanted to check it out.  There was a south swell building and I was hopeful that the first real waves of my trip would appear. This is one of those beaches where if riding…

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Day 6 Santa Cruz to Pacifica

Awoke on Day 6.  Its Tuesday and I’m starting to rely on this blog to keep track of what I’ve done and what day it is, as its starting to blur together.  Made some coffee and checked email.  A local in a Suburu, still dripping in his wetsuit with a board in his car stopped…

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Day 7 Pacifica and North Santa Cruz

Tuesday started with a surf check. After checking everything from Pacifica south the Davenport Landing, we decided Davies would be the call.  I was looking forward to surfing with Greg and his crew.  They knew this spot well and would help me dial in that elusive left I couldn’t find yesterday. From left to right,…

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Day 4 Gorda to Big Sur

Bikers Breakfast Gas Prices Brakes Overheated Soup to Nuts Yoga Surfing Saturday I awoke to sunshine.  Made coffee, sat in the wonderful peace of the old-growth forest, and just was.  After packing up, I headed back to Gorda (which is really a gas station, a cafe, a lodge and a general store.  Decided that after 4…

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Leap of Faith

This is a post I recently published on LinkedIn. Almost everything I value in my life so far I can trace back to taking a leap of faith, without a plan, back in 1985.  I had just dropped out of college to join a restaurant startup in Tampa Florida.  I was working my way through college…

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Day 3 Morro Bay to Gorda

Day three started with a surprise.  One of my new online friends and her mom joined me for a hike up Black Hill.  Bailey is an 11-year old black lab.  I asked her mom Penny if she was up for a hike and they both said they’d join me.  It was a gloriously clear day…

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Day 2 Carpinteria to Morro Bay

Met a fellow camper this morning that gave me some tips on surf spots north of SF.  I’ll let you know how they work out.  He’s a SUPer but I didn’t hold that against him. The surf at the campground was pretty small.  Checked out Santa Claus beach in Carpinteria hoping for something to surf, but…

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Day 1 San Clemente to Carpinteria

Wow.  It was really hard to overcome the lack of inertia.  So many things go through your head when preparing for something like this.  All fear-based.  I am glad I took the time to do the floorboards, and I also had a little accelerator pedal funk that I fixed Wednesday morning.  It was sticking and…

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“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back — concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that…

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