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Journal for 23-Sep : San Luis Obispo (SLO, pronounced “slow”)

Flight from Singapore got in barely 5 min late. Not too much trouble getting through immigration, but they still make you feel like they are doing you a big favour allowing us to return home.

And one advantage of tight connections is my bike and bag gets loaded last and taken off first. So no waiting around for it.

Cleared customs and mostly re-assembled the bike near the taxi rank.

Train to Campbelltown. Go to take my putrid shoes off. They smelt too bad to do it on the plane. I bought some breakfast, then finished putting my bike back together and re-organising my luggage.

Train to Mittagong OK, but I got chased out of town again, this time by an anal shopping centre security guard clearly frustrated he failed this parking inspector exams. He didn't chase me out of the centre, he chased me right out of the parking lot.

Rain and wind and cold started as I crossed the top of Governor's hill and descended into Goulburn.

Home at last!

Ultra early start.

Absolutely fantastic morning's cycling along the Big Sur coast. Amazing coastal scenery and a road to match. Still narrow, but much less traffic than yesterday, probably a lot to do with this being early morning. Incredibly tough riding though. Not super steep, but steep enough, and always up or down.

Totally stuffed by Ragged Point, which is fortunately the the road leveled off and the tailwind kicked in.

Riding at half rat power after Cambria, despite (or perhaps because of) eating a whole pizza for lunch.

Broad shoulder highway riding away from the ocean for a change. Country very dry and very brown, with the few trees about arcacia varieties. It looks a lot like home.

Stopped at "farmer's market" street stall blocking my route. Stocked up on cookies and fruit.

Even more magnificent cycling on the back roads to San Luis Obispo (SLOw).

Asked at 10 motels. Every time I had to ask twice, because the question "how much" was never directly answered. Settled on cheapest, but got told "no bikes in room" as soon as I'd handed over the cash. Motel a real dump too. Phone doesn't work, no bath, no laundry, noisy neighbours.

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