The Ride That Started It All 6


Getting ready for my first bicycle tour.

Getting ready for my first bicycle tour.

The beginnings of my riding adventures started with a tour I did in 2009 up to Cachuma Lake near Santa Barbara, CA.  Thinking back, that was an incredibly daring adventure especially considering that I only met my companion, Jeremy Grant, a few months prior on social rides.  We had long miles the first day which came close to the 100 mile mark and I even did my first (and only so far) stealth camping experience.  I was humbled by the second and third day when we climbed into and out of the Santa Ynez valley.  I can’t say rode the entire time but was glad I made it alive and in one piece.  The last day was also very deceiving as we rolled into Santa Monica, I remember having a mental lapse in thinking that our destination was there. I did not account for the last 30 miles ride back to my home in Burbank.  Even with a proper lunch burritos, I completely ran out of gas and bonked riding up my street.

Me at my first stealth camp site.

Me at my first stealth camp site.

Little did I know that this was just the beginning of my climbs.

Little did I know that this was just the beginning of my climbs.

Read the complete ride report on my personal blog.

That trip was so amazing that we had to do it again last month.  Sang Hyun and I decided to do the same trip as he was not part of the last one.  This trip would keep him at par with all the bike tours I’ve ever been on so it was a good milestone ride for him. Complete details of this last trip is coming.  Check back in a few days.

In the mean-time, feel free to share with me your first tour stories in the comments below.


About Johnny Lam

Johnny is an avid cyclist who enjoys bicycle touring as well as anything bicycle related. Johnny has traveled the entire Pacific Coast by bike from Vancouver to the border of California and Mexico. He's also toured through-out locations in Southern California. Johnny is also a League of American Bicyclists League Certified Instructor (LCI) and also completed the Adventure Cycling Association's Leadership Training Course (LTC). He is an active member in Los Angeles bicycling community being involved in organizations like the Los Angeles County Bicycling Coalition (LACBC), C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change through Live Exchange), and Bike San Gabriel Valley (Bike SGV) by taking part in ride marshaling, pedestrian & bike counts, and other volunteering opportunities.