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Rest days are glorious

Rest days are glorious

Video by Nick, words by Jay.

Rest days are glorious!

Boy was I exhausted last night. It was nice knowing we didn't have to start moving immediately this morning. There was an auto show to get to! The caliber of vehicles was far different from the East coast, since one can ride these beauties year round here. We saw TWO amphicars right off the bat and a vintage drag racer with bicycle wheels up front.

We have been watching James May’s Cars of the People, and a number of those cars were shown, too, including a Russian Trabant and the German Messerschmitt, two Japanese Toyotas and a late model Chinese three-wheeled car. On the other end of the spectrum were a Pantera, a Buick “Funny Car,” a gorgeous Cobra racer and the Land Rover that had towed it, an early model Porsche, several Ferraris, a Mercury Eight, a Tesla Roadster, an MR2 and other assorted late model super-cars.

Then, we went inside. Canepa Motorsports is an auto-nerd’s dream. We also recently watched a documentary on the 24 hours of Le Mans rivalry between Ford and Ferrari. I never knew much about race cars, but this place is wild. The upstairs alone puts Larz Anderson to shame, with all different generations of racing machines, cars and motorcycles alike. Each vehicle was lovingly restored to look as it had on race day, with their story above on a banner. Nick pointed out to me a six-wheeled P34, meant to reduce drag on the tracks. We saw several modern day iterations of Le Mans and Daytona behemoths mixed in with two original Indian Motorcycles, and relics from the way days of auto racing.

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Downstairs, enormous workshops were filled with classic, racing, and super-cars in various stages of repair and repainting, and even a rack full of stored carbon fiber bodies. After so much magic, we were a little non-plussed stepping onto the showroom floor, aside from a Ford Roadster that I’d like tomorrow, please and thank you and a “Woodie,” the original surf wagon /SUV.

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We were lucky enough to get a ride to and from the show in a real, live Jeep that had one more favor left in its bag of tricks. Nick and I are staying with a childhood friend of my father tonight, and the Jeep ported our bags so we could hill climb unencumbered. Most of the way was downhill, aside from the last few blocks, but they were nothing after yesterday. The afternoon was spent catching up on laundry, showers and general relaxation. Nick's video editing takes ages, and it's good for him to catch up while we rest.

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We decided that it was imperative that we find a park to play in and sit on the beach before the day ended, and we set out for both. There's good video of a route he made up. We tried to go from there to see the sun set over the water, but it didn't oblige, disappearing instead behind the boardwalk. So we made a quick grocery run, dinner for tonight and supplies for tomorrow. Our bike-to-work day snacks are largely depleted, so it'll be good for a change, and especially as we will be pretty strict about hourly snack breaks as we climb back into the city. Tomorrow night will see us camping, but who knows where.

Total 20 miles today.

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