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.
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.
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.
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.
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