The ocean water is down Plaza Street at the Solana Beach cove. North of the street that heads east on Loma Santa Fe, along Highway 101, walkers enjoy the shade cast under palm trees and green trees on the new pavement marked with signature local pictures.
The classic beach comber car and the sunny flower are charming.
Down the block, towards Via de la Valle, construction workers work on finishing putting in the bumper crops of spots on the sprawling pavement fit out with plenty of benches. Walkers already enjoy taking it easy in the sun, north of the main intersection, and stroll past the pleasant, and friendly, coffee shops and cafes to shop in the finger item shops that have long made little notches part of life in Solana Beach. Drivers do not enjoy the same relaxed life habits.
Tall wooden squares that take in small groups line up on both sides of The Boardwalk. A massage anyone? Find one on a main strip.
The browns and sandy reds come naturally zigged and zagged, in curves, beneath the feet of walkers who settle in amidst the trees and small gardens that now add cool shades to the breezy boardwalk plaza. Stretches are not as long as the on the park walk across the highway on the east side, but the stops come quicker on the walkway just built for the crowds looking for a spot to meet up at, day or night. The second half of the work on the highway walks in the city by the sea now quietly moves ahead straight to its end in the south.
Bicycling, today, stays a little more entrenched in Solana Beach. Walkers can take the most pride in their new city strip. But, the locals have not lost any of their taste for bicycling the 101. Even tourists from out of town are not left guessing. Spinning wheels on bicycle sculptures roll out tin swing sounds above the plaza pavement. A whole sculpture line tells the locals tale.
Count the riders that ride down the 101 in corps of delegations, never too weary to try a day's highway line. A line now remade to keep riders on their way on their shared southbound lane. The green sharrows help the riders hug the road, and hang together.
There are no unnecessary stops until a rider stops in at one of the many local racks, to stow their bike, and patronize a local place for leisure on the coastal path. A chateau or a grove!
A pass by a bike shop in the fresh air stays within view.
Traveling in the breeze makes Solana Beach an enjoyable experience as much as going in and out of the Tidewater for lunch, or T's Cafe bar and grill. Palm trees are no last resort here.
San Diegans will not have to steer off the coastal highway to find an easy way to spend a day in Solana Beach.
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