Today it got up to 109 F (42.8 C) in Morgan Hill, and we knew it would already be hot by lunchtime, so my group carpooled over to the Monterey peninsula, where it was still sunny, but stayed in the 70s. We took the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail, a very nice rail-to-trail conversion of a former Southern Pacific line, starting in Marina, and rode about 15 miles to the tip of the Monterey peninsula in Pacific Grove and back, for a nice outing of about 3 hours including a lunch stop. We also stopped for some wildlife viewing. There were Sea lions aplenty (apparently they come into the bay to breed this time of year) as well as birds. A great day and a good way to escape the heat wave which greeted us to start off September.