With the long Thanksgiving week-end available for cycling, I decided to go on a long ride: LA to San Jose. 3 days should be enough, and I could rent a car at San Jose airport to drive back. I had a GPS, a route sheet with directions, a sleeping bag and a good bike, so everything was ready.
The ride went more or less fine, apart from getting my ass busted twice by the police (once at 1:30am on Thanksgiving day, because I was sleeping on a supposedly private road, and once on a section of the 101 freeway prohibited to cyclists). I did around 420 miles, drank gallons and gallons of coke and water, had tons of junk food from Jack in the box, McDonalds, Subway, Quizno and other gas stations. I was rained on and got sunburn. And I got plenty of headwind - if you do this, never do this south to north, this is completely stupid. On Hwy 25 I was so slow with the wind, my food and water was going down, I stopped several cars to ask for supplies. With various success, I got energy bars, water, gatorade, and chicken sandwiches.