Day-31: Oceano to Guadalupe

Today’s 13.3 mi. was 7.5 less than I expected–what a pleasant surprise, despite the intermittent light drizzle throughout the day! Coming out of Oceano, I gazed at the familiar vegetable fields, and couldn’t resist capturing a shot of the team planting lettuce seedlings by machine. It’s still a person-in-the-loop operation, but much more automated than doing it entirely by hand.

Something else that struck me as I walked the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail was that when he brought his settlers north there wasn’t a single of the now ubiquitous eucalyptus trees to “greet” him. So many of my rest stops are under the shade of these tall trees. Note the picture through the eucalyptus branches where you can see an “ocean” of plastic-covered fields recently planted with strawberries. The other big attractions are the dunes off in the distance to the west. The photo doesn’t do justice to their imposing expanse.

From Guadalupe I took the Flyer Bus east to Santa Maria and took a room for two nights. I’m staying in the county court house/police station area–the 2005 Michael Jackson trial comes to mind as the BIG event here 7 hears ago.

Tomorrow I’ll take the bus back to Guadalupe, walk the short 10 or 12 miles to Orcutt, and take the bus north to here.





  1. Claudia — 10-23-2012 at 1:01 am

    Nice photos! Glad you ate slowing down a little tiny bit. Terri gave you some wonderful advise on the previous page. Eat, drink,walk and sleep. Take care of yourself!! We all love you!!

  2. Joanne Lopez-Rojas — 10-23-2012 at 5:11 am

    Hi There… It’s been about 1 year or so since we’ve been there… but the “Far Western Restaurant” in Guadalupe is the BEST! Don’t tell me Santa Maria style Tri Tip doesn’t sound good? We’ve been stopping there for about 27 years.. You could ask almost anyone and they’ll know about it. Sleep Well…Hugs

  3. Lucille O — 10-23-2012 at 6:05 pm

    What a guy!! -knocking down the miles and days, one by one, of your awesome challenge. I love the daily update comments and pics, just keep up with having enough to eat and drink for endurance.
    Soon come mountains, but getting down to bottom, Goleta/Santa Barbara, awaiting you is a warm, joyous welcome with home-cooked meals, tasty wines, a soft bed, and hugs and kisses – all to cheer you on to your goal.

    • kurt — 10-23-2012 at 11:25 pm

      Can’t wait to see you! It’ll also mean that most of the hill climbing will be over. XOXOXOXO. K