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Bicycle Touring in SB


All the years I’ve lived here, I have noticed a large amount of touring bikes in Goleta and Santa Barbara. Why is that? I suppose a lot of people do the Pacific Coast route so they stop by SB. The others must be just commuters who like to carry a lot of stuff. Does anyone else know if the number of touring cyclists in SB is disproportionately high?

Three States, One Day

We were supposed to be at our B&B this morning around 10 to 10:30 AM to drop off our bags. We did not actually wake up until 11 AM and by the time we got to our destination on 16th and U St, it was past noon. I felt terrible because I think it’s really disrespectful. If you’re keeping track that’s Maryland and D.C. – two states. Jess and I parted ways and I headed on the orange line to Clarendon. I walked just a few blocks to Farinelli’s, a high-end men’s clothing store. I’ll write more about the store later as a piece on (so look for it!)

The owner, Mauro, and I went to Restaurant Eve and had a great lunch. We both had drinks and tea afterward. We just talked a lot of shop and it was great to hear and insider’s view on fashion. He had some great things to say about men vs women and how each gender makes purchasing decisions.

We headed back to the store, driving along to Potomoc. Seriously, some amazing views. CA does not have the greenery like they do out here. As a side note, DC is hot and humid like you would not believe. I am not saying CA has never been this hot (really only mid 80’s) but it’s extremely uncomfortable.  You feel dirty and sweaty even just walking down the street. It’s terrible. What’s funny is the area I was in, in Virginia, is close to the courthouse so you see a lot of men in dress shirts, slacks, and tie and I think about how disgustingly uncomfortable they must be!

When we got back to the store, I picked up a pair of the collaboration jeans that Farnielli did with Crate. Great fit and admitetdly an impulse buy. It’s getting shipped to me.

I took the Orange line back to Smithsonian and walked a block over and met Jessica at the Holocaust museum. Outside there were at least six DCPD squad cars, a K-9 unit and guys with full tactical gear, leg holsters and bulletproof vests on. They were not messing around.

I only had 30 mins before they closed so I had her take me to two of the must see exhibits. We left and checked out the Korean War, Lincoln, and Vietnam War memorials. There were baby ducks in the Reflecting Pool. Jess must have taken about two dozen pictures of them. Afterward, we went back to the B&B to relax.

We then walked a few blocks down the street to this awesome neighborhood joint called Hank’s Oyster Bar where we were supposed to meet Jennifer. She ran about 30 mins late so in the meantime, we had drinks at the bar. Both of our drinks were so delicious and I could barely taste the alcohol in it, though we could clearly see it was there when the bartender mixed it.

We had some great seafood and everyone was pleased. We went to this frozen yogurt place a few doors down from Komi and while standing in the long but fastmoving line, we were asked a trivia question for a chance at 10% off. We got it right so the girls enjoyed the discount. The yogurt is not unlike the stuff in CA.  It was quite good in fact. I still love Pinkberry.

We are now back at the B&B on our fourth floor room with a view of the dome of the Capitol in the distance. I am waiting to get hungry so we can go get some Ben’s Chili bowl. DELICIOUS! Tomorrow I am thinking 2 Amy’s, Smithsonian’s, and maybe Five Guys?


Last night after an early dinner at Central, (which was delicious but a bit heavy) we said our goodbyes to Josh and Jamie and headed to the memorials. We saw the Washington Monument then the WW2 Memorial. We headed to Lincoln but decided to check out Jefferson first. But first we met up with Jennifer who we’ve been corresponding with via email about the conference but never actual met in person. Lots of smiles an hugs. Our goal earlier had been to see the monuments at night but we gave up since it’s summer and the sun stays out forever. Luckily the monuments are deceptively far so by the time we hit Jefferson across the tidal basin it was all lit up. We sat on th steps with Jefferson to our backs and the tallest mason tower to our front, off in the distance across the shimmering water. We were taking shop and for a minute I involuntarily tuned out and thought to myself “this is surreal. I can’t believe I am here.”

Then I felt sorry for all the bachelors living in amazing cities like DC or Paris because breathtaking views like this are commonplace. You couldn’t be much of a pimp taking a girl to “this great view” you know because she’s probably been there a million times before with every other guy who thought ge was original also.


So far an amazing time. We are currently at the national archives waiting to see the Declaration of Independence. The guards here don’t mess around. We just saw the the Magne Carta.

It’s 3:45 now and we have reservations at 5:30 for Central. Lunch at Jaleo was amazing!

More later

Travel Luggage

I am a bag whore so it was not surprising when I went back and forth between three bags to carry on the trip. I took the plastic off my Patagonia Half-Mass messenger bag and packed it full of stuff. Let’s see how it fares on the trip.