Day 13 – 2018 Western States Tour

Cinco de Mayo
1901 image from the Biblioteca del Niño Mexicano

Day’s distance: 0 miles
Total trip distance: 2,003 miles

Today, Cinco de Mayo, was a day off the bike, hanging out in Huntington Beach with David.

We started the day with a long walk, starting near the mouth of the Santa Anna River and turning around at the Newport Beach Pier. The skies were clear and the temperature was in the 70s.

For lunch, we packed up some marinated steak and a few beers and a portable stove and drove about 4 miles north to the Huntington Dog Beach with David’s Corgi. The water was warm enough, for me anyway, to get a bit wet but not really swim.

I did manage to stub my toe on a rock as we walked back towards the car. Ouch!


After a short rest at home, we were off to a Cinco de Mayo music event at the House of Blues in Anaheim. On our way we stopped at a Japanese market for a quick dinner.


David and I were each open to trying something we haven’t eaten before, so we both ordered BBQ beef tongue from this little restaurant inside the market’s food court.


It was served with soup and rice. It was yummy!


Our next destination was the House of Blues in Anaheim. David secured (free) tickets for the Cinco de Mayo festival that night.

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Of course, with free entry we still had to pay for parking and overpriced drinks. Inside the complex there were five stages. The photo below was the largest stage inside the complex.


The headline band, Kinky, was great. For their encore, they played their second single entitled ‘Mas.’ Great show!  I will update this post later with a short video of Kinky performing.

David leads an active life. Hanging out for a few days will shake me up in a good way. It’s been a lot of fun.

I’ll be staying here in Huntington Beach tomorrow as well, because why not? On Monday, I’ll head east into Arizona.

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