Driving along the highway, through a small storm cloud, I felt the tiny needles of rain pierce my jeans and spatter on my helmet. The moisture rich air smelled clean and warm even though my nose was getting cold as I drove toward the northern hills. Taking the exit started the series of sharp turns, narrow streets, and bottlenecked cars with drivers too busy looking at the cavernous hillsides and streets lined with eucalyptus trees shedding their bark and casting shady shadows on the road. The scent of eucalyptus washed over me as I passed by. I breathed deep, wanting to take the smell with me on my journey.
Once I’d made my way over the mountain, I maneuvered through some downtown streets and then started on the coastal roadway. Within minutes, I was cruising high up on the road with the sea far below. The cliffs were stunning and the see was a blue-green against the powdery blue of the sky. Up and down hills, around corners and I was suddenly at sea level with white-capped waves crashing on white sand beaches with the orange, brown and green cliffs in the background. The sea salted air filled my helmet and the tiny particles of mist covered my shield. It was beyond beautiful.
As the road flattened out further up, it was green for as far as I could see. There were manicured rows of fruits and vegetables. I always love to see the anal retentiveness of farms. It smelled of manure and fertilizer which wasn’t pleasant but it was so amazing going between the extremes that I didn’t mind. I could see the sea just beyond the rows of green. I thought that it must be magnificent to own a farm right on the ocean. It’s the best of both worlds.
I continued my journey for over 100 miles and finally wound my way back home, tired but exhilarated at the same time. It was my new favorite thing to do. I felt fortunate for the opportunity to experience something, a ride, a site, an area, that some may never get to see.