I woke this morning to find myself spooning with a pile of produce. We didn’t even make a dent in it last night. Afraid the critters would get to it if we left it outside, we decided to store it in the tent (we know, running the risk those same critters would chew through the tent to get to it).
Today our route took us through Santa Barbara. It is a beautiful and easy city to bike through, thanks to an abundance of bike paths and trails. While there, we took some time to play tourist and visited the Mission, Presidio and Courthouse.
Mission Santa Barbara, completed in 1820, a Spanish mission founded by the Franciscans to spread the Christian faith among the Chumash Native Americans.
El Presidio Real de Santa Barbara, built in 1782, a Spanish military installation and chapel.
Santa Barbara County Courthouse, built in 1929, considered one of the grandest Spanish Colonial Revival structures ever built.
Tonight we brought dinner to a whole new level with a pound of bacon and the produce we found yesterday. Scott made jalapeño poppers (jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese and bacon) over the fire. I cooked up some green beans in the bacon grease. Deliciously gross. Then I made some salsa and added in a nectarine for some sweetness. We stuffed green peppers with rice, salsa, bacon and cheese, and grilled them over the hot coals. Yum! It was a feeding frenzy. We shared with Sam & Andy, two southbound riders in the hiker/biker camp tonight. Later on, Jeff joined us with some beer from the local brewery. We met up with Jeff 4 days ago at San Simeon State Park. Together we finished off the last of the salsa.