Not Another Cali Trip: Part II - Journey to Santa Cruz

Mar 23, 2012 at 18:14
by Nic Genovese  

After our successful day of shooting at Black Rock, we piled back into the mini van and started our journey to Santa Cruz. Road tripping with a few close friends is always a new adventure. Our drive consisted of many jokes, pranks, eating like crap, countless hours of sitting on our laptops and only staying awake because of numerous Red Bulls. Mitch was a trooper and ended up driving the entire way. Paul and I both offered to drive, but I think he's planning to use that as collateral so he can sleep the entire way home. Time will only tell.

Journey to Santa Cruz
Driving to Santa Cruz
Chubey almost running out of Gas
Mitch likes to cut it close some times. We were not looking forward to riding our bikes to the closest gas station, but we ended up making it by the skin of our teeth. The whole scenario definitely kept us wide awake though.

Anthony Messere walking out if In N Out
In N Out Burger
You can't go to California and not stop at In-N-Out. This is when we finally could take off the hoodies and enjoy the warm weather.

The Rig
Post Office lips destroyed from rain.
Ladybug at post office
Textures of Santacruz.
Everyone was super pumped to go ride the Post Office jumps in Aptos. We were making bets to see who could make it through the set first go, but when we turned up the jumps were definitely not in their usual state. California has had a few really bad weeks of rain causing the jumps to be super muddy and eroded. It was kind of a bummer, but totally understandable knowing the circumstances. The Aptos crew are deadicated diggers and will definitely have those jumps up and running as soon as possible.

Santacruz Wharf
Crazy Party Bus at the Santa Cruz Wharf
Nic Genovese Paul Genovese Anthony Messere and Mitch Chubey looking at the seals.
We thought we would take a break from driving and chill out for the night in Santa Cruz. We went out to the Wharf and grabbed a bite to eat, took some lifestyle photos and watched the sunset. Pretty banger way to end the day if you ask me. Even though we didn't do any riding.

Stay tuned for more photos from the journey as well as a video recapping the entire trip! Next stop, J.R.'s Jumps in Morgan Hill.

Photos by Mike Zinger and Nic Genovese.


  • 44 1
 Video please!! cant wait
  • 31 5
 Oh how I love my in-n-out.....
  • 4 4
 Cant go a week without it.
  • 4 4
 I've eaten there 3 times this week.
  • 3 5
 blablabla ... we haven't got these over here Frown
  • 12 7
 ^ Don't worry about it, it's highly overrated. Kids love it more because it's a fad to be "obsessed" with it than it actually having the "best food". The amount of neg props this comment gets will prove that because really, no one really loves fast food that much. Wink
  • 3 1
 Definitely not the most chronic burger out there, but if you're ballin on a budget you can get food there for cheap as fuhuck thats less gnar than McDs, but yeah when I have money I'm eating elsewhere.
  • 6 0
 But they are EVERYWHERE so they're perfect for roadtrips...
  • 4 3
 Teenburgers for life...
  • 3 0
 I'm originally from California, and now every time I see a double double animal style I start drooling. so so evil. We gotta great riding up here in Oregon though... Gotta sacrifice the good eats for the flowy freeride I guess.
  • 3 0
 When you're ridiculously hungry, nothing beats a 3x3. If you want to hurt yourself try eating a 6x6.
  • 4 0
 Wow no love for the In N Out. Yea its fast food but its still taste good, and I'm sorry but I dont think most people eat burgers because they are exactly healthy. I know I dont. Not a teen and I will be reppin the In N Out till I die! @ seraph at least somebody knows whats up.
  • 2 5
 @polutre: you're not missing anything... and no, it only tastes good if you've never cooked for yourself. It's far from the best "fast food" hell you're in Cali, go find a Burrito/Taco cart. In-n-Out, like most things in Cali, is totally overrated.
  • 4 0
 I hate burrito/taco carts, and I love In N Out. I just don't eat it all the time because it gets old fast. I've cooked burgers for myself and there's just something special about In N Out. It's hard to describe.
  • 2 0
 Just the opposite. Not a fan of In N Out at all, but love taco stands.
  • 1 0
 in n out rocks! i am a teenager, yes, but its the only place where you can go with ,literally a bus full of bike mechanics and fill everyone up for less than 300$.
oh and yeah, the food's really good too.
  • 3 0
 Just went there at 1:30 am after prom, hooked myself up with a 3x3, fries, and a DP. Soooo yummy. And I wouldn't call great food at a great price a fad, more like a good business model.
  • 1 0
 B to the A ^
  • 1 0
 You know me. Just pointing out the convenient hours.
  • 1 0
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  • 3 1
 I don't get it, you go on a road trip to escape bad winter weather and you head to Santa Cruz?! It rains all the time there in winter.

Go further down to San Luis Obispo, or heck there are tons of trails in sunny SoCal.
  • 2 0
 short bus much..??
  • 2 1
 Man, I hope this trip improves for these guys. Could end up being an entire trip of lifestyle shots if they don't find better weather. Spring trips have to be to southern Utah boys, the west coast is way too much of a gamble this time of year.
  • 1 0
 you have no idea what youre talking about bud...! we've been riding all winter... they just happened to show up the day after the first storm in weeks.
  • 5 1
 Sry but that's pretty boring...want to see some riding !
  • 3 0
 And then Mitch went from amped blackrock super session in the rain to driving the whole way to SC?!!
Mitch=MVP so far!!
  • 5 3
 woohoo... more tourism in santa cruz. Hopefully they had a blast at the shit covered (literally) wharf & boardwalk ahaha
  • 2 1
 Ok so that guy with the crazy camper is a straight WEIRDO!! Everyone sees his camperbut no one ever sees him. That camper always gives me the creeps when I see it :/
  • 1 1
 Ya i see the camper all of the time but i have never actually seen him..........but i do see the fake person in the passengers seat.
  • 3 0
 I saw him maybe three times to day on west cliff
  • 7 2
 He's your pretty stereotypical eccentric Santa Cruz guy; completely harmless and pretty damn nice.
  • 2 1
 Who's scared of riding their bikes to get gas. Two wheels over four anytime, especially in the cali sun. Mud don't mean you got rained on.
  • 2 0
 its been raining here. and it just started raining again..... no cali sun right now
  • 4 0
 Except it was at 3am haha
  • 2 0
 We literally had 2 weeks of rain in Marin County all winter. Terrible for the drought, but awesome for riding!
  • 1 1
 Aw man, you guys should have hit up Burger on Mission/bay in Santa Cruz. So much better than In n' Out! Gazillion decent beers on tap and a mixologist. So sorry the weather did not cooperate to make your stay more enjoyable.
  • 1 0
 haha that rv thing is so awsom i was born in santa cruz and when i was a kid id see a shit load of hippies partying smoking weed in it, it was awsome!
  • 6 3
 Im so Jelly of you guys
  • 9 12
 keep ur jelly off the keyboard....
  • 2 1
 I knew those guys walking on the wharf looked familiar.... Damn it if only I was awake enough to realize....
  • 3 2
  • 3 2
 god i love living in santa cruz!
  • 2 1
 Bummer on the rain. Nice write up.
  • 1 0
 Fat burger is right up there with goodness as In and out.
  • 1 0
 you better check your abs light?
  • 1 0
 first brit to reply woop woop great pics
  • 1 0
 I bet Gwinn eats In-N-Out everday......!?!?!
  • 1 0
 Stoked on the rain! Trails are taking "shape"
  • 3 2
 Chongo 2012
  • 1 3
 The lips being messed up was from the rain calm down enorbz
SC represent!!!!!
831= 8 letters 3 words 1 meaning
I love you!!! SC loc
  • 1 1
 Not another Santa Cruz trip...
  • 1 0
 Odd but cool
  • 5 5
 dude, in n out ftw
  • 1 3
 Chongo for Prez.... Fuck this rain...
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