SoCal to Santa Cruz – Road Trip Day 1 + 2

SoCal to Santa Cruz – Road Trip Day 1 + 2

Weddings, weddings, and more weddings is on the agenda in my life right now! Topher and I are shooting a wedding today (Saturday), and then one of Topher’s friends is getting married in Bend, Oregon tomorrow, and we are attending that one as guests. ๐Ÿ™‚ And then next weekend, we are heading to Houston, TX for my cousin’s wedding. We decided for Santa Cruz and Bend to make a road trip out of it! Road trips are really fun, but you also don’t want to spend all your time in the car.

Life, in general, has been very busy for us, and it seems as though we have been full steam ahead since I quit my job 3 weeks ago. When getting ready for this trip, I completely spaced on getting ready, and felt more disorganized than I ever have. In the midst of getting my life organized, it somehow became a bit disorganized, more on that later in another blog post. (How to organize life. haha). Maybe it’s all the traveling we have been doing. We were just in Joshua Tree (which I haven’t even had time to write about….yet), and now we are driving up the coast to Bend, and then back down, before we leave for Texas. The good news is, it’s all AWESOME stuff. I’m sure we will need some downtime eventually, but for now, we are running high on caffeine. ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 1



  • Eating dinner in downtown Santa Barbara at Blush
  • Lots of laughs in the car
  • Singing party on our drive from SB to Santa Maria


We got a late start Wednesday due to only halfway packing on Tuesday. I had a Dr.’s appt on Wednesday morning, which also threw me off a bit. We also still needed to get my bike that I would be riding all week from Revolution Bike Shop in Solana Beach. I was dropping off my Argon18 Tri Bike to get a new crank set put on, and so swapped for a Felt Bicycles Road Bike. Instantly, I was reminded how much fun road bikes are. They are sooooo different from Tri Bikes. It’s like I can do anything! And much more comfortable on the back and neck. And pedaling is a bit easier too, although it uses different small muscles than a Tri Bike. Okay, moving along here…

We got my Felt Road Bike dialed in thanks to Revolution, and hit the road. Unfortunately, it was now 2pm and we were about to hit L.A traffic. Wah. No fun. As per usual though, we made the most out of it. It’s never easy leaving behind schedule, and when things don’t go to plan, but that’s life. Although, looking back, I could have been a bit more organized, which would have made me feel a bit better.

By the time we made it to Santa Barbara, we were tired. We had planned on camping, but all the campgrounds were full, so we went into downtown SB for a lovely dinner. We ate at Blush, which was delicious and the ambiance was on point. There was a guy playing acoustic guitar and filling our souls with peaceful melodies that lightened the mood, and relieved some of the stress. Our jerk chicken dish was spicy and delish and we washed it down with Tequila + Ginger Beer. We topped everything off with a trip to Yogurtland for some froyo. I’m doing pretty good staying on the TIU plan, but when traveling it’s impossible to be perfect, and sometimes you have to let go and go with the flow. I really wanted to be regimented, and stick to the plan but on the road, it’s just a bit more difficult because there are more unknowns, and it’s best to make the best decisions you can while eating out and snacking but beyond that just enjoy.

Since all the hotels were full due to “Fiesta” in Santa Barbara, we drove up to Santa Maria and stayed in a historic hotel there. It was a little spooky given that our phone rang at 4:45am and 7am for no reason, and no one was on the other end. It freaked us out a bit, and immediately made us think about the car. When we are in places we don’t know and the hotel phone is going off twice, and no one knows where we are staying, you start to think it would only be ringing for one reason. Thankfully, when we got outside my car was still perfectly intact. ๐Ÿ™‚

*No Cameras – just enjoyed each other’s company ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 2



  • Reading and strength training at Morro Bay
  • Eric, our cashier, at Starbucks
  • Sunset bike cruise in Aptos

Off we drove to Santa Cruz, and stopped in Morro Bay for some sight seeing, reading, and a bit of strength training. As I continue to read The Slight Edge, one thing that I’m trying to do is stick to a few things that make a difference in my every day life and keep me on the success curve. It’s easy to get off of it, with one drink, or a missed day of reading, or a missed day of exercise, and so, even if the exercise is 15min, and even if it’s one drink, to not go overboard and make decisions that put me back on the “failure” curve.

Once we got to Santa Cruz, we foundย a cute hotel right on the beach in Aptos. Definitely a beach town, but a cute one. We stayed in Rio Sands Hotel. Again, not the most amazing hotel, nothing like the four seasons, but beachy and cute. There is a full kitchen, which we love because it makes it easier to eat healthy on the road. After another 4hrs in the car, we unpacked quickly, and got on our bikes for 40min for a sunset cruise.

This is our “happy place” we thought. Every time we hop on our bikes, smiles just stream across our faces. I can’t tell you how awesome it feels when something literally makes your heart grow bigger. It was a bit chilly, and the temps we were not prepared for. It is cold up here in NorCal! Holy moly. I did not pack appropriately. And may need to stop at H&M or Forever21 for some inexpensive warm clothes. ๐Ÿ™‚

For dinner,ย we ate at “I love Sushi“. The only restaurant we found that was open late, that was healthy. We filled our bellies with sushi and sake, and rolled ourselves home. ๐Ÿ˜›

Morro Bay



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Aptos Bike Cruise








We were happy to finally have made it and excited for bike riding in the morning!