We’re riding through an area of large scale agriculture. This morning we were surrounded by strawberry fields, as far as our eyes could see. The air was sweet with the scent of ripe berries. It took all the self-control I could muster to not stop and pick a few at the roadside. They’re so ripe they’re falling onto the ground. Surely they would not miss a handful. Scott assured me that they would disapprove of me turning their strawberry field into a U-pick-it.
Luckily we found the mother of all fruit & veggie stands today. The produce was beautiful, straight off the fields, and CHEAP! Peppers 3 for $1, pomegranates 5 for $1,a bag of 13 avocados for $1.79! I bought a tray of strawberries, though they didn’t appreciate the ride on the back of my bike. Dinner is a quinoa dish with a bounty of fresh veggies: purple cabbage, red onion, green & red pepper, sweet potato, yellow cherry tomatoes, radish, kale, cilantro.
We’ve been very fortunate and have only had to camp one night in the past week. Thank you to Scott & Pam, our WarmShowers hosts in Bonny Doon, for bridging the gap between Half Moon Bay and Carmel. Tonight we’re staying at Amy’s parents’ guest house in Carmel, a beautiful, peaceful retreat. We watch a group of deer graze among the trees outside our door. We eat dinner on real plates and drink our wine from wine glasses like civilized people, in front of the TV like real Americans.