Saturday, May 27, 2017

Color Me

Here in downtown San Jose at 7:30am getting fired up to do the 5K Color Run.  I'm covered all in white hoping to get splashed with color.  Plus, they told us that fair haired and fair skinned people tend to stain more than the others and that it can last a few days; so, weenie woman that I am, I made sure to cover up.  I know how glamorous I look....

And we're off.  Rosa and I shot off ahead of our teammates, The Literary Strides.  I know, I know, librarians, what can I say....

Color blast!  It was a trip.  We walked through the color stations hoping to get really sprayed.  But mostly we ran.  We never prepare for these things.  We just show up and wing it.

Going through the foam station was the best! 

Love this mural.  Oh yeah, about a mile into the run, I turned my head for a second and the next thing I know, I crashed into a girl and we both went down.  It was a blur.  The girl apologized.  She was just standing in the road.  Who stands in the road at a race! Luckily my head didn't hit the asphalt.  My elbow did.  Road rash.  Omg, poor Rosa had to listen to me scream the F word multiple times afterwards.  But no time to waste, so, off we darted.

Before we knew it, we finished.  Time to dance.

The Literary Strides posing at the end.  Best 5K ever.

Cycling Cat Canyon

Saturday, May 20th

Today, the last day of our trip, we're in Solvang to do one of our favorite rides, a 60 mile route that includes Cat Canyon.  Omg, we came upon a brush fire.

We watched the firefighters take command.  It was smoky and hot, so, we didn't stick around.  Scary just being there.

I love this canyon.  Before climbing it, we had grilled cheese sandwiches and cokes at a joint in Los Alamos.  Delicious.  Our server filled our water bottles and with ice. Thank you Charlie's Restaurant.

Down we go.  Can we say, "Yay!"

It was a great ride.  We both banged it out back to the Sideways Inn in Buellton.  Wow, the Inn got a serious facelift.  Looked better than my home .... on the way back to the Bay Area on Sunday, we were diverted from 101 to some road that parallels it.  We never found out why.  We were lucky to not get stuck.  But we did when we came upon Gilroy.  Heavy traffic. Omg, that sucked.  It was really hot as well. Having a cell phone really came in handy on this trip.  It's weird how travel once was, you know back in the dark ages.  Til the next trip!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Coming into Santa Barbara

Friday, May 19th

Can you believe that The Boyfriend suggested we sleep in and not do Gibraltar Road when we arrived in Santa Barbara.  Shocked I tell ya, shocked. Our legs were, well, maybe just mine were spent from climbing Mt. Baldy two days in a row, so, it was a welcome relief.

We did a leisurely 20 mile ride that took in the rich areas of Montecito and ended up at the pier.  Being Santa Barbara, the weather was lovely. Smart decision to take it easy and give our bodies a rest.  In the evening, we ate at our favorite Italian restaurant.  Saturday morning, we also discovered Jeanne's, a great breakfast and bakery with Peet's coffee that we visited before heading off to Solvang.  The drive to Solvang is peaceful and worth doing.