Day #33 – San Diego!!!! – 22 mi – Total 1518 mi

Peter and Janos were close to their final destination. By 11 am they arrived in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

The brothers started their journey on June 19th in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Their original goal was to ride their bicycles all the way to the San Francisco Bay, about 3600 miles. The first section of the trip, the 414 mile long Dalton Highway proved to be much, much harder than they expected. This is dirt road, and a recent 3-day rain had turned it into a mud-road. That, combined with freezing cold and wet weather, was more than what Janos was ready to accomplish. After a day and a half he decided to skip the Dalton Hwy and caught a truck ride to Fairbanks, AK.

Peter was determined to finish the Dalton, and in 10 excruciating days, he did. But knee pain, dehydration other health problems caused by this trip took out all his energy and  he decided to give up on riding across the wilderness of Canada. The brothers decided to change the rest of the route into a North-to-South Cross-Country trip.

Janos waited for Peter in Fairbanks for more than a week. The first few days (including his 18th birthday) he spent on the street, until he found some nice people who gave him shelter, and also something meaningful to do. After learning about Peter’s change of plans, Janos felt that he wanted to try himself and wanted to do the cross-country trip by himself. Peter was going to join him after his knee would heal, until then he headed home.

Janos flew to Seattle and started his solo trip on July 5th. He rode alone to San Francisco, where Peter joined him. The brothers finished their journey in San Diego this morning. Their third brother Andras and their sister Anna picked them up. The siblings will spend another fun day in San Diego and Los Angeles, and should be back home on Friday.

Thank you, Dear Reader, for following the brothers’ stories. Thank you for all the comments. If your haven’t done so yet, please also take a look at Peter and Janos’ New York – San Francisco 2012 trip and their father Imre’s Yukon 2014 trip at www.gojudoka.com

Each of these adventures were fundraisers for the Blind Judo Foundation. Please check out their website and if you can, send them a donation. Every little amount helps.

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Janos has been wearing bicycle gloves for 33 days. Look at his tan!   Total Distance: 1518 miles.
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Day #32 – Cardiff – 42 mi

Peter and Janos had to cross a marine camp. 0805-2aThey have been worried about this, what if they were not allowed to enter? That would mean a long detour. But there was no problem. They had to show their IDs at the entrance, and everything went smooth.

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The brothers were trying to choose a 0805-1spot in San Diego that would be a nice place to finish their trip. They selected Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. This is where Janos’ 33 day long North-to-South Cross-Country trip, and Peter’s 15 day long Pacific Coast trip will end. The map to the right is a screen shot of the text Janos sent to us. The red pin shows their destination. Their brother Andras and their sister Anna will meet them.

 

Day #31 – Doheny State Beach – 58 mi

The brothers had bagels for breakfast, then they started riding along the beach. Later they continued downtown. They expected (and have been warned) that riding there would be quite dangerous. They felt that the dangers were over estimated.

After lunch, the last 20 miles were mountainous, with traffic packed on the last 15 miles. They were going faster than the cars. They constantly needed to squeeze through narrow areas between moving and parked cars.

They campground was packed, tents way too close to each-other, and there were long lines to the shower.

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Day #30 – Los Angeles – 0 mi

“We slept in, ate a lot and did all the tourist stuff” – summarized Janos their rest day in LA.

“Zero miles, beach, lots of rest; nothing special” – said Peter.

The brothers also had a chance to do laundry, charge all devices and make detailed plans for the last section of their trip. They had a fun, relaxing day with Peter’s friend and her family.

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Day #29 – Los Angeles – 40 mi

“Rich beach towns, very expensive cars. I passed a Ferrari riding downhill” – said Peter.

The brothers said goodbye to the two men they have been riding with for the past 3-4 days, as both bikers had LA as their final destination. Peter and Janos chose a bike road that followed the beach for almost 20 miles.

The family of Peter’s friend will host the boys for the next two nights. Thank you!! 🙂 🙂 After the boys took a shower, the three of them went out to eat and had some fun on the beach. Peter took a dip, Janos just relaxed. They are planning to spend the next day enjoying a break in LA. Monday morning she will drive the brothers back to the same spot where she had picked them up, so they can continue their journey.

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Day # 28 – Leo Carrillo State Park – 35 mi

Last night the brothers roughly planned the remaining days of their trip to San Diego.

They plan to arrive in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon. They will spend one day with Peter’s friend in LA. The terrain from there to San Diego is rather hard again, so they allocated 3 days for that section. This means they should arrive on Wednesday.

Los Angeles was two short days away, so today the brothers took it easy. They reached the campground in just a few hours. They were able to take a nice shower. Janos’ abrasions are not too bad, he just feels a bit of burning when they get dirty and sweaty. The brothers had plenty of time for conversing with the two men they were riding with.

Janos’ dinner for tonight                                      Malibu

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