We planned to spend two nights in San Diego with Ann & Brad so today our goals were to get our phones setup with US SIM cards and to find an outdoors store so we can buy fuel canisters. After figuring out where an REI store was, we decided to make that our destination, knowing it would have everything we may need, and it was located near a Best Buy which would help get the phones setup.
However, the first task of the day was to get the bikes functioning again. We set to work after breakfast and put everything back into working order. However we had problems with the brakes on both bikes. With Jesse’s bike it is nearly impossible to use the ‘quick-release’ break system since it is so tight. We were able to with my bike, however my front brake was almost permanently engaged. Since I had just gotten an extensive tune up in Montreal I didn’t want to mess too much with the breaks ourselves and decided to leave it and is if it would adjust itself as we got going.
We started our 30km ride to REI, with my front brake partly applied the whole time. Though frustrating, I looked at it as better training since tomorrow we would be riding with all our gear. Through quiet suburban streets and with only a couple wrong turns we were able to make our way to REI. Nearly all the other stores in the mall were closed but thankfully it was open. They also have a bike service center so for only $20 each (plus the purchase of a membership) and we were both able to get our bikes tuned up and running smoothly.
While waiting for the bikes to be adjusted we stopped for a Mexican lunch. Even if it was ‘mall food’ Mexican as we were told, it was still great food and better most Mexican restaurants we had experienced before.
After browsing REI and not buying many things we wanted, we checked to see if Best Buy was open, and since it wasn’t we got back on our bikes to ride to the coast and then return to Ann & Brads.
The route along the coast which we took was not the most scenic. There was an additional route further out on a bit of an island in the water, but because of time we didn’t take that one. The one we were on seemed to go through factory and industrial areas, and for the most part didn’t give us much of a view. We also didn’t have time to go into San Diego’s downtown, so most of our visit to San Diego didn’t involve any of what most tourists would see.
After our 70km ‘warm-up’ We made it back before sunset, the main goal, and called it an early night.