Buellton to Santa Ynez +5

Wow, my car was iced over this morning! After I defrosted, I forgot to check the outside temps, but a half hour later I noticed it was 32 – it might have been even colder when I left Lompoc.

Spotlights This Week:
Always: Hope Chapel Missions
Charity Spotlight: Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Church Spotlight: Lompoc Foursquare Church – Lompoc, Ca

I thought I had all the time in the world to catch my bus in Santa Ynez, but in reality I got there with less than 2 minutes to spare! This may have been my last ‘country bus’ on this trek.  I’ll miss them.

This day was special – I got to walk through one of my favorite towns, the Danish village of Solvang, and it was all decorated up for Christmas.  My own photos didn’t do it justice, so here are a couple of stock photos from the internet:

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I anticipate all these little places – but they’re just that… little.  When I’m walking, they’re behind me all too soon. In the case of Solvang, no more than 10 minutes – and I was taking my time!

After I had done the ‘easy’ miles (Buellton to Santa Ynez with bus support), I thought it was best if I got going into the San Marcos Pass area.  No bus here, so I had to use my bike as a shuttle – but I got 5 miles done.

Tomorrow’s gonna be tough – my goal is to get to the top of San Marcos Pass (12.5 miles).  I’ll need to use my bike to get back to my car.  It’s fast & heavy traffic and almost no shoulder. Prayers please!

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Just before I got to Solvang, I ran into another form of ‘wildlife’ – well, maybe not so wild… it was an ostrich farm. One big guy was right near the fence as I passed, and it kept trotting away, but returning. Several times. The final time, it leaned back on its haunches, threw out its wings and started flailing its head around. I didn’t know if it had finally had enough of me and was getting territorial, or what…

Upon Googling the behavior, it appears it may have been ‘courting’ me, lol!

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All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all. ~ Cecil F. Alexander

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