My weekly SmarterTravel email subscription then alerted me to a $95 round-trip special from L.A. to Monterey. How could I pass that up? Bought the ticket, booked a taxi and packed a knapsack.
The rigid singlespeed equivalent of air travel. You feel every bump, get tossed around and are pretty stoked you made it when its over.
Travel Tip #8: A name tag on your clothing that doesn't match your ID will result in "interest" from the TSA folks. Twice.
I arrived in Monterey without a lift to the venue, so I asked the only guy I saw carrying a bike helmet if he wanted to share a cab to Sea Otter. He replied that he already had a ride lined up, but I was welcome to join. Nice! We waited outside for a minute until a Team GT dually pulled up. Turns out he rides for GT. Turns out Pro Downhill. Turns out my ride is with Eric Carter.
We pulled right in to the GT booth in the pits and I wished him luck and hit the venue. The weather was amazing this year; warm temps, no wind, no flash floods.
Then I spread out a map of the venue, got my camera gear in order, prioritized my list of vendors to see and got down to business. First stop, Bike Mag.
Custom molded road shoes by Riivo