Friends and I recently visited Lompoc to ride the Ocean Avenue bike path mentioned by Maria La Ganga (“Full Flower Power,” May 26). The 10-mile ride through the flower fields is fun, and you don’t have to be in shape for the Tour de France to make it all the way to the beach. The road is flat, with a constant ocean breeze to keep you from getting overheated. The scenery is rustic and magnificent.
Unfortunately, we were stopped four miles from our destination by a roadblock. The military was launching a Titan missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base. [But] we were rewarded with the awesome sight of the missile as it roared over the mountains.
A word of caution for parents: The breeze from the beach makes for a constant head wind when riding toward the ocean. The winds plus a 20-mile round trip could be too much for little children.