Before the Herd


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In the early ’70s, Mike Armstrong departed from the North Shore with little explanation, despite logging standout performances at Pipeline. Writer Kevin O’Sullivan caught up with Armstrong on his 860-acre ranch, five miles inland from Morro Bay, where keeping things “country” isn’t a bumper sticker, but a way of life.