Sunday, August 8, 2010

Bike Adventure 1 of 2

As expected, the weekend held a bit of everything. Saturday's ride did not disappoint in the least. I will share it first. Tomorrow I'll post Sunday's adventure, which had more than its share of problems, but was a good ride nonetheless.

A 2:30pm start time made for some toasty weather - 95F when I rode past the bank in town and headed out through the orange groves.

Beneath these striped rocks is a stream that I followed for miles. Kids were playing in the pools and there were a few times I thought about joining them to escape the heat.

I liked the trunks of these pink flowering trees all lined up in a row. Seemed artistic to me, not sure if the picture captured it properly...

Part way up my climb I found this. I've never seen a more beautiful bright red bulldozer. Seriously, don't tell me some of you men out there don't want to call this your own?!

Quite possibly one of the best general stores I've found on a ride in a while. The pay phone is necessary because cell phones don't work up here. The carved bear bench was quite comfortable. One good thing about climbing up above 6000ft is that the temperature drops the higher you climb.

It took me about 1.5 hours to climb 3,500+ feet. And 15 minutes to descend it. The views were worth every minute of it.

9 comments:

Molly said...

Well so far I'm glad to see you didn't get lost or end up in the ghetto - I cracked up when you said that because my rides away from home are always a crapshoot too. Great scenery!

SSB said...

Do you stop and take photos or do it when riding? One of these days I'm going to take my camera with me (instead of just my iPhone camera), but I'm afraid I'll fall off if riding and photo taking. And I guess most of my scenery is the same. Ocean :-)

ADC said...

It looks beautiful. I love the Bear bench.

FLATOUT JIM said...

Cool tractor, needs a set of Zipps though.

How do you ride and snap pics at the same time?

Running and living said...

Yes, I have the same question about taking pics! SO many times I see things I'd like to photograph, but taking my iphone out and snapping a pic requires a stop for me...

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

I love the pics you take. If I took a camera or phone on my rides to take pics I wouldn't have it after the ride since I sweat 1.5 liters per hour (5 hour ride equals 2 gallons). I can only give verbal pictures.

NY Wolve said...

That is awesome...and good pictures too. I rarely take pics when I run..even when I am in Colorado. I get so focused on my workout (or surviving it) that to break for a picture would destroy my mental "tough it out-ness". Or so I fear.

And that is a steep climb.

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

The best part of climbing are the amazing views! The second best is the downhill ride :-)

Beth said...

Awesome pictures!! And only 4800 for the tractor??? What a deal!! :)