Sunday, May 31, 2015

I HAVE SORBET

Well, that's a very bad pun, if even that.  I have a "sore butt" from riding this morning.

I rode in a Big Loop through Mission Gorge, Santee, and El Cajon.  Here we see the author on the Fr. J. Serra Trail looking (through the camera) at South Fortuna, and marveling that at one time he was clambering around some of them rocks up there looking for a certain geocache.


I took Prospect to avoid all the Santee/Mission Gorge Road death-hassle.  I good plan, until I found they are STILL working on Prospect over by the airport.  The detour guy let me along the construction area, on the sidewalk (radio his fellow guy down the road), which was VERY nice, but I had to be VERY careful.  But I made it.

I rode through El Cajon looking for various caches, and not finding the.  Except for this one, I found this one easily, and it was a very pretty spot, not far from the lake.  ; )


I finished up the ride by going down the main drag for a half-mile so as to add up to an additional mile by the distance I got home, and hence be EXACTLY at twenty-five miles for the day.  Except I was three-hundredths short so I rode down the block a couple of house and back.  Perfect!

The odometer reads 12,745 miles at the end of the day.  Somebody write that down.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Bike To Work Day, For Reals

I managed another ride to work this morning, on the official day.  I wore my baggy'n'saggy Lycra shorts, and my Fighting For Susan pink jersey.  I stopped at my traditional Bike To Work Day refueling station, at my ol' alma mater, but this year they didn't recognize me.  Probably because I took the basket off Jamis.  I got a tee shirt, a cup of coffee, and a Clif Bar.



I had offered the library for bicycle parking and a changing room, and at seven a couple of people showed up.  Yay!  They parked and changed and went off to work.


After lunch we got together and took a group picture.  How great is that?



Do I not look reflective?  And what is wrong with my arms?  Yikes!  At least I'm not frowning!


The students were rewarded this afternoon for their outstanding efforts with a show by three BMX professionals.  It was pretty good, even educational in parts, but the best part was a rider jumping over Mr. C's head.


The riders had a amusing setup before the jump, including "misteaks".  My tummy was sore from laughing!

Well, I made it home safely and in total managed to put twenty miles on Jamis this week.  Probably should oil the chain.


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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thor's Day To Work

I rode the bike to work today as a sort of pre Bike To Work Day bike to work.  I took off the basket yesterday, charged the rear light up, and put the pannier on the front rack.  This morning I loaded up the pannier and headed off to work.  The neighbor said hi, he was biking off to work, too.  Except he was going to Clairemont, quite a bit farther away, and quite a bit more difficult than my little ride.

I didn't have any problems on the way.  Well, most of the way.  I was almost there when I decided it would be fun to ride with no hands, something I have done many times.  Well, I found that riding no hands with a loaded pannier on one side of the front fork rack is a VERY bad idea.


Fortunately I went up one driveway and down another.  Otherwise I would have been flat on my face and surely hurt.  Scare me good, but I'm especially glad no one was around to see it!!


The obligatory selfie, at work.


I rode just over seven miles today.  That makes this a seven-mile month, so far!

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Last Thursday

I DID ride the Jamis to work on Thursday, for 8-some miles round trip.  Many people were amazed to see it parked in the library-in-exile.  I even rode it around the room for a bit, a student caught me at it and videoed it, sure to be on Youtube any day now.'

I certainly enjoy this entirely seasonable weather we are having.  Santa Anas in April?  

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Saturday Drive'n'Bike

I went geocaching this morning, quite early I spent an hour looking for the first cache, and did not find it.  But I found this hummingbird nest, with a humming bird in it!

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And a forlorn piece of camo tape.

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Next I drove to another cache, and didn't find that one.  After that I parked at the 82nd Aero Squadron (don't tell!) and rode the bike down the street to search for and actually FIND a cache.  Yay, first find of the day!

I biked back to the vehicle and drove over to Tierrasanta. I found one cache there, but I forgot my pen, and later forgot to go back to sign the log, so I don't get credit for that one, YET!  But at least I know where it is!

I established a base of operations at a tiny park on the mushroom street. Then biked up the 52 bike path.

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It was nearly two miles to the cache I wanted to find.  It was a pretty easy find, but biking up the grade was a bit of a chore, but by far the worst thing is the noise of the traffic.  It's very oppressive.

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I highly recommend Spam.  I ate it all last week, except for pizza days.  Spam is an excellent source of protein, fat, and possibly salt, I'm not sure.  I suggest frying it and serving on hot tortillas covered with melted cheese.  And while I didn't have any, I bet sour cream would be good!

Coasting back down the 52 is rather more pleasant.  I headed down a side street and saw this guy getting ready to head out.  I asked to take his picture, and right after this he fired it up.  It set off the alarm in that truck there.  Oh, did you notice the Corvair van in the background?

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After making the quick'n'easy find just off this street I pedaled back to the mushroom street.  A young lad playing hoops yelled out that there sure were a lot of bicyclists out today.

I rode out and back up the mushroom street, finding three more caches.  I got back to the vehicle, loaded up the bike, and headed to Santee.

I parked at the parking lot for the park on Carlton Hills and rode the bike under the bridge to the west.  There is a nice trail going along for a bit, then it turns into a "future trail", which is presently a dirt road/path, along the perimeter of the golf course.  I got to ground zero for my targeted cache, and finally found it in the third most likely spot.  So that went well!

I talked to M. while I was heading back and we make plans to go buy stuff.  But I had one more cache to look for.

I drove over to one location, an EVIL location, as the cache there had been eluding me for the three times I had tried to find it.  Well, this time I spotted it in about five minutes.  So that went well, too!

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I went home a showered, then M. came and we went shopping.  I got dental floss, bird seed, paper towels, and a pair of tongs.  Not all at the same store location, but the same store name.  I may have left the tongs in the car, though, I shall have to look.

I rode 9.17 miles today and the odometer after it was all over and parked in the garage said 12,691 miles.


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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Of This, And That, And That Other Thing

I lamed out of going to Miramar for some geocaching, but I DID manage to get on the bike for a ride to El Cajon.  Why?  A geocache, of course!

It wasn't terribly hard to find, and I took this picture to post on the cache log to prove that every once in a while I actually DO ride the bike to a cache!



And, of course, on the way home I got a flat.  This was a pretty nice spot to change it at, and here you can see I have almost everything packed back up and the tube is holding air. 




I seem to have fallen short on my keeping of records for bicycling!  As best as I can remember this MAY be my first ride of 2015.  It's certainly the longest, at 15.57 miles today.

In trying to reconstruct my mileages for the last year this is what I came up with:

2014  --  214 miles total, all on Jamis. (A new low! To contrast, in 1998 I rode just a hair over 4,000 miles)

Odometer start for 1/1/2015 -- 12,667 miles.


Well, now THAT'S documented for all enternity!

In cleaning up the joint (like you could even tell!) I seemed to have disappeared the box for my bicycle lights.  The box with the charging cables inside.  I sure hope I just put it away real good and and did not toss it in a fit of straightening-up frenzy!


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Turn About

...is fair play, so the bike content is here today, and so is the geocaching.

I hauled the bike out to The Ted bike path again today, but parking at the Albertson's off of Camino Del Sur.  Because there is a geocache there.  And learned that if one is going to use the phone app for geocaching, one really ought to bring the phone along on the trip.  Found the cache anyway, because I totally rock.  And it was an LPC hide.

Fortunately I had the main body of caches loaded into the GPSr, and still had the printed list from yesterday.

At the entry point to the bike path I saw one of the guys from Anywhere Bicycle Repair setting up a pit stop for cyclists, with water and bananas.  A whole LOT of bananas! I talked to him for minute, and remembered they helped me out at the Bike To Work Prolog way back in 2010.  I would recommend them, and remember, they come to you!  And they also have a repair shop.

I didn't take a banana, because remember, the doc said I need to LOWER my potassium.  Instead I headed west on the path and found seven caches.  Then I turned around and retraced my ride, finding the pen I dropped at one of caches, thank goodness, as it is the last of my gel pens.

And when I got back to the vehicle I drove home.

I rode about 5.5 miles today, and found eight geocaches, which should put me at 2,980 "career" finds.

That's it for now!

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