For Day 3 I recalibrated my goals for a Monday finish, with the main goal being to enjoy the urban experience and not to bonk on the last section. I rolled out of Alpine at 4am, fully re-hydrated and stocked with sodas, juices, red bulls and a few select goodies.
Having semi bonked on day 1 and fully bonked on day 2 my confidence was sagging more than a little. As a result I soft pedaled pretty much the entire day. This turned out to be the ideal pace to take in and ‘experience’ the flow of urban bikepacking thru San Diego. I have visited SD numerous times for work but never like Day 3. I raced a homeless man on a clanking bike with a massively bent rear wheel, he kicked my butt. I talked to two TDR riders. I was asked several times on the bike path if I was doing the SC 400. I saw cool boats, ostentatious mansions, hole-in-the-wall bikes shops, beaches and single track. I got a light scolding from a park ranger for riding down a signed/closed road. All in all this day is why I came, it was great. So different than any other multi-day I have done. Kudos to Brendan for his SC 400 route!!
In one sense I was all alone on day 3 as I did not see a single SC 400 participant. I guess this can happen when you are way off the back…..
I rolled on till about midnight. I camped up when it got steep enough to get me walking. I was up high enough it was almost cold—again I enjoyed the luxury of my tent, air pad and warm bag. I slept great knowing I should be able to finish within my allotted time with no real hurries.
Day 3—125miles in about 20 very easy hours
Comment: Day 3 was very much like a slow easy TDR day—felt good to get in some easy, mostly flat miles…………