Archive for August, 2015

Lost Summer

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Summer of 2015 isn’t quite over yet, but in some ways it feels like it was over before it even started. For various reasons, I have hardly cycled at all. Summer 2015 brought with it lots of pain, stress, and difficult decisions, but the best one I made is to move back to Davis.

Buh-bye 45+ minute morning commute and sometimes even an hour or more commute heading back to Sacramento.

Hello 10 minute commute … and that’s “rush hour” in Davis.

Once I get settled a bit I will be bike commuting. This has been a multi-phase move as I unexpectedly had to move before September 1st, which would have been a nice thing to know before I signed a September lease. Aah, this too shall pass. The upside to this is that I have been staying with a lovely family in Davis in a beautiful home, complete with a sweet cat and darling Beagle.

As Helen Keller said, “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.”

The goal is to focus on the positive.

I've been getting some nice sunrise walks in in the morning...

I’ve even been able to get a couple of pre-work rides in!

Morning ride, out on Road 29

Oh how I love to start my day with a beautiful sunrise!

And there’s always the Wednesday Night Market in Davis …

Beautiful, Mouth-Watering Heirloom Tomatoes

Here’s wishing you a deliciously beautiful day!

 

 

Tour of Napa Valley

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

I recently participated in the Tour of Napa Valley ride hosted by the Eagle Cycling Club.

As you probably know, much of Northern California has been ablaze recently. Oh, heck, if you look at a map, much of the Northwest is on fire!

Source: http://www.onearth.org/earthwire/smoke-western-wildfires

Needless to say, we were a little worried about the air. I wore my trusty Buff, which was helpful, but the air was pretty bad on the Valley floor. We opted for the flat ride, thinking that it would be better to take it a little easier with all the funk in the air.

Tour of Napa Valley, August 2015

It was a fun ride and the food was great! The rest stop had loads of fresh fruit (the peaches and nectarines were sublime!).

After the ride, we decided to take the scenic route home, up over the hills where the more challenging routes were. Wouldn’t you know that the air was much, much better up there? Woulda’ shoulda’ coulda’ done the hillier ride. Live and learn. That’s OK. The easy ride left us with a little time to stop at one winery on the way back, taste some wine, and the time and energy for a nice dinner.

I haven’t had the chance to download pictures yet, but hope to soon. It’s been a crazy month … yeah, who am I kidding? It’s been a crazy year. I hope to be back to blogging regularly again soon!

Another Turn in the Road

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Life takes some interesting turns now and then, doesn’t it?

That Was a Lost Month …

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

August already? Really?

Too much other stuff.

Not enough cycling.

That needs to change.