Chris is on his second trip to the States this year. This time however, he is there for pleasure rather than work. His first day in San Francisco was, well.. a learning experience…
First of all, he came to find that pitch black hits around 18:30.Doh! Speaking to Chris, he said; “I started riding on busy main roads at 5pm San Francisco time, and that was 3am on my body clock. I was determined to make my first stop though. Thankfully the Windows phone pulled me through with a back-light, there were no street lights, no water and just a whole load of fast cars.” – Not the most reassuring situation to be in when have a jet-lag and a pannier laden bike on a hard shoulder.
Chris arrived at a hotel at around 20:30 and paid a good $200 dollars for the night, not exactly cheap, but was much needed and it had its own Jacuzzi which Chris could make use of before heading to bed. “Thank god I had my Windows Phone to call ahead and book the room! I am at Pacifica Beach and its 4am now, cant sleep anymore with jet lag.”
Chris also mentioned that there definitely won’t be any more riding after 5pm!
Davenport is his next aim for today, a good 70km to cycle. He also mentioned that “The waves and the bay are pretty awesome.”
Chris mentioned it was quite a surreal experience being able to put his bike together at the Golden Gate bridge.
There is definitely some jealousy here at the Office seeing Chris enjoy the sunshine! Chris is updating us on his trip daily from his Windows Phone, Surface RT and/or via Instant Messaging with Lync. It is always great to be able to use the products you promote and sell!
More updates on his trip to follow!
Day two consisted of a 95km to end up in the surf capital of California, Santa Cruz. Sea, sea and more sea! Can’t really complain can you? Today Chris is off to meet Clint in Carmel and will be playing a round with Jack at Pebble Beach.
Thankfully the hotels love wifi in the States, which mans that Chris can keep us up to speed with everyone over Lync and Yammer on his Windows phone.
Day 3, 4 & 5
Chris cycled to the Big Sur, which is a hilly coastal Forrest, half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles. He ended up Trekking to the top of the hill and managed to get some WiFi signal on his windows phone down to the valley floor.
Chris then went to pick up a Jeep and put his bike in the back as cycling by the side of a motorway, got very hairy. He will up to the Hollywood hills in the next couple of days, all teched up with his Windows gear.
You will be able to see Santa Barbara and Big Sur in the photos below:
Chris finished a grueling 90km today at the end of the peninsular at Redondo Beach, LA.
Weather was perfect for cycling at 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Chris cycled the long track on the beach that is parallel to the Pacific Highway, which is the front screen of the Office 365 web log in at Santa Monica in LA.