THE SALINAS VALLEY is one of the most productive agricultural regions in California. This farm-rich valley lies in Monterey County near the Pacific coast and between two mountain ranges that are moving in opposite directions (over geologic time) due to the San Andreas earthquake fault that runs through here. Nurtured by a marine climate, sunny skies and the Salinas river, agriculture dominates the valley economy -- accompanied by an occasional "shaker" that rattles the region as the Pacific and North American Plates glide slowly past each other at a rate of about an inch each year.
In fact Salinas is considered by many to be "the Salad Bowl of America" for its extensive bounty of lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, artichokes, peppers, grapes, strawberries, spinach, tomatoes, and even flowers. So passing through this land of plenty with its abundant farmlands and charming color is a fitting way to celebrate the final leg of my journey.
With each step I'm now enjoying familiar sights, traveling along well-known roads as I approach the Bay Area where my adventure began. I'm feeling a growing sense of excitement, accomplishment and relief as the goal grows closer. And, yes, there's still a spring in my step after 6000+ miles. Not bad for an old goat like me!
Miles 6006, Week 67, Weather 68°F🌤