What Would a Cormorant Do?

Kurt has been aching to swim in the Pacific Ocean since we began our trip over a month ago. He almost went in at Julia Pfeiffer Burns Beach where The Sandpiper was filmed in 1965 near our hotel in Big Sur. The air and the water were freezing and Lynnie refused to hold his things to keep him from jumping in and turning into a block of ice.

Today when we reached the pier at Cayucos Beach, Kurt spotted other swimmers in the water. There was no holding him back and no good reason to. We were just a few miles south and a few degrees warmer and it made all the difference. He ditched his bike, shoes, helmet, and Spandex shirt and went for it. Oops, he still had his prescription sunglasses on. I recorded a video of him as he caught his first wave and then realized his sunglasses were gone. He appealed to a fellow on a surfboard to help him find them, to no avail.

Lynnie finally dragged him out of the water and they showed up at the Brown Butter Cookie Company, Kurt happy but shivering. We raced through the rest of the town toward my quest to see Morro Rock, once blasted for rock and now restored to reverence by the local Salinan and Chumash Native American tribes. As we reached the edge of Cayucos, Kurt was still shivering. I said, “What would a cormorant do?”

Morro Rock called.

A woman gingerly picked up a butterfly from the sidewalk in front of the Brown Butter Cookie Company. “I think someone stepped on it.” She gently placed it in the store’s flower bed. “I wish for it to die in a nicer place than the sidewalk.” In sympathy with her tiny gesture of kindness, I said, “I took my mom to the beach to die.” The butterfly crawled onto the hat of the Halloween doll for its last moments of glory.

Ride statistics

Start: San Simeon CA

Huge peace sign constructed on the San Simeon Beach

End: San Luis Obispo CA

Distance: 46.4 miles

Cumulative distance: 1713 miles (nearly 84% completed)

Elevation gain: 1785 feet

Strava track (not available yet)

Relive video

© 2021 Lynnea C Salvo


4 thoughts on “What Would a Cormorant Do?

  1. How utterly beautiful.

    On Mon, Oct 11, 2021 at 3:10 AM Life is Like a Bike wrote:

    > lynneacsalvo posted: ” Kurt has been aching to swim in the Pacific Ocean > since we began our trip over a month ago. He almost went in at Julia > Pfeiffer Burns Beach where The Sandpiper was filmed in 1965 near our hotel > in Big Sur. The air and the water were freezing and Lynnie r” >

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  2. just got back to town and caught the last 4 posts. hard to believe the amount of miles and the quality of the ride. great story with the butterfly. dignity is in short supply sometimes and it’s always appreciated. these kindness’s will not be forgotten.

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