Sunday, April 25, 2010

One Day at a Time

since I've been dong some reflections lately and decided that that ultra -riding is not really for me anymore.
and I've started attending a self help for the fact at times I can't stop eating, so yes, I've taken the first step of may (could be twelve, but then again). feels good.
part of it i taking it easy, and one day at time. no more crazy all nighters( well, we'll get to it shortly)
Friday, for once, I had absolutely nothing to do on my day off. so I took a little bike ride:

that's not clouds in the background:

we had fresh snow at end of april.
One of things that impressed me when I shot this was the vines are used to make the "pride of Cucamonga" wine.
the message that came to me was fine wine or rotgut? I was thinking of bike journal reunion when I brought along a bottle of it. every one drank cheaper stuff , and ignored my bottle, the host sent me an email afterward remarking that it was the best thing anyone had brought.
what came to me was that most of time , we chase the cheap and easy payoff, when the Lord wants us to struggle a bit, for a the better reward, either in this life or the next.(I was struck by how much I enjoying doing this versus riding in a pack) The other thing that came to me when I was writing this Jesus' first miracle and how he saved the best for last.
another thing that popped into my head:

Saturdat was our big 3 club ride. I did this off and on, manly to avoid the pack, but still be part of the group;
Mike, Mark, and Steve at the start:

riding through Ganesha park , I saw something, that most folks probably did not:

that really come out neat. I didn't go to Cal Poly , but a couple of folks followed me. they're wern't happy when I told them to go back down the hill I was climbing
Later on, I did another detour:

which came out pretty neat. the only problem was that I had planned on eating at Tio's and no one else wanted to (darn food plans). So I ordered out.
today, we had the centennial of St Marks' it was at 9 , so I could get a later start. I decided to ride by the original building, which is now a museum:
From 4-25-2010

and then one to the main event:
From 4-25-2010

I thought it would an hour and half, but it turned into two and a half hours. a bit of a problem ,since I planned a recumbent ride to the Upland lemon festival
Ron Pebbles drove all the way down from the bay area to ride:

part of the trail is not finished yet:

The snow was gone:

we did make it to the festival. Chris Chun was going to bring back some lemon cookies for his daughter, be would could not find Lemon cookies, or lemon Jam, or lemon marmalade, or lemon meringue pie. The only lemon thing we could find was:

we took out group shot and left:

I alomst turned off and went home. maybe I should I have as I had 20 miles Friday, 65 yesterday and 50 today. Hey, it's not 127 in one day. I got back at 3:30 and discovered that that sun tea I gd set out at 7:00 was really brewed.
That's enough for this weekend, Let's see what tomorrow brings

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Getting my kicks

I started to do the club ride. I made the regroup:
From 4-17-2010

and up over the 210:
From 4-17-2010

I've been playing with the video again. Lots of of . had lunch with Barry and Debbie and Jack and Carolyn, and then lazed away the day. here's a shot down route 66:

since it light and warm enough, I took my camera to church.
need a ranchero:
From 4-18-2010

going down 16th on the way home:
From 4-18-2010

Think I should trade in my bike? Naah:
From 4-18-2010

I then got on the Pacific Electric:

Still some snow on mt baldy:
From 4-18-2010

and agave's:
From 4-18-2010

From 4-18-2010

They really should paint the streetcar red:
From 4-18-2010

The trail is beatiful:
From 4-18-2010

and so is the redbud:
From 4-18-2010

Coming home, I noticed the yuccas in bloom:
From 4-18-2010

From 4-18-2010

I was think that awfully early for them to bloom. Not so much as the season, but they don't usually bloom until the end of life. Like a lot of life you have to sacrifice something to get something. Like the club ride. I'm always amazed at people who say "I rode past that?" when looking at my pictures. I'd rather not be at the front of the pack, and see what creation has on store.
A sometime beauty sneaks up on you:
From 4-18-2010

I've had this catcus for about 4 years and it's the first time it's bloomed. It shouldn't die on me, but I would expect the blooms to be there next month.
Enjoy beauty when it presents itself.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The freeway for bicycles

I did the santa Ana river trail with some friends yesterday. I went to yorba park and then rode to the Corona end:
From 4-10-2010

They're doing work on the river and widening the freeway here. so they're going to route the trail to other side of the river:

looking back:

I then pedaled to Yorba Park, where I met Steve, Eric , and Mark:

we aaited for Chirs to show up and then we took off. It was still cold, for us:

we took a break at Katella ave, just across the river from the Honda center:

Sadly, the ducks weren't all they were Quacked up to be this year. I did watch the game the night before against the Blues. I remember when I lived in St. Louis, I thought that the river was freeway in the night shots (the freeway is on the other side of the building) Honda center is also about halfway to the beach.
Across Katella is another Oc landmark. Flying Saucers?

Nope, try light up halos:

I was able to maintain a good pace all the way to beach. granted I did stop a view times to pics, but sometimes I didn't:

I know, what was I thinking using a Doris Day Track? I blame my mother for making me watch her show. here a still. about a mile from the beach:

you cross back and forth between the banks on wooden bridges:

I finally got the beach and waited for Chris and Steve:

Eric had gone back to look for them:

We then refueled at Newport Burger. and Bike repair. what a combo!:
From 4-10-2010

This is Orange County. I think the outlawed the Democratic party in 1980:

We could keep an eye on our bikes

refueling - this is Huevos Rancheros I had a light lunch- so this was more of a brunch
we then headed back:

a little grainy , since I had used my telephoto.
another shot of Angels stadium:

and the final game of the season tonight:

of course one of the benefits of the trail is that sometimes you can go faster than the freeway for cars:

I wanted to do a metric century, either 62 miles or 100 kilometers. i had to do some double track, but I "got 'er done"

I got in traffic jam, but got back up here by 1 and watched the Kings games , which they lost, and did some cleaning, which I need to do some more.
Until next week

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Being in two places at once

It happened a lot this week, as it was holy week.
I guess I could have gone to church every day this week, but didn't.
I did manage to get to church twice on Good Friday as i pulled the 4-6am shift for the Easter vigil. I then went down to work after stopping at Mikey D's for some breakfast, and then came back for the evening service. I head to Fresh and easy afterward. A very long day.
Saturday I did the usual club ride. I did stop an d take a pic of the remaining snow on Cucamonga Peak:
From 4-3-2010

My friend Steve got a new bike:
From 4-3-2010

From 4-3-2010

Still more snow on Mt Baldy:
From 4-3-2010

I had lunch with the gang and took a photo of the old Eitwanda depot:
From 4-3-2010

I was debating between going to the Easter vigil and a open house a bike shop was having. I rode part of the way with Karen Miranda, and she helped make up my mind.
I guess I'm not Catholic to believe in the whole "holy day of Obligation" theory. Plus it sound like the open house was going to be sparsely attended, and it one of my favorite shops (coates in Pomona). So I wen there and had a great time.
Easter was crowded and busy. I took some photo of my aloes:
From 4-4-2010

From 4-4-2010

being a fan of Robert Heinlein, I watched the move "starship troopers' hmm. not quite , I was going to work on my projects later in the afternoon, but the quake diverted me. Maybe some day I'll get it done