Sunday, September 18, 2016

Just Around the Corner

Miss P. and I joined an impromptu club ride today going up Mt. Hamilton, starting at 7:30am [gasp].   If that wasn't bad enough, we're in the midst of a mini heat wave.  So I guess starting at this ridiculously early hour [I mean, I could have been in bed eating bonbons and thinking about boy toys] was a good thing.

I can't remember the last time we climbed Mt. Hamilton.  I certainly remember how as you approach each curve and bend in the road, glimpsing the observatory, you imagine you're just about there ....

There were a lot of cyclists out today along with noisy motorcyclists.  Air quality was so so.  Lookey, I'm almost there.  Not.

Our throats were parched.  It heated up much faster than we anticipated.  I'm coming, I'm coming, I'm almost there.  Not.

Miss P. got ahead of me.  I'm getting closer.  Sort of.  Yay.

And suddenly, the Lick Observatory appears before one's eyes.  I was not any faster than on previous rides but I did feel strong.  Please, please no applause.

A parting shot.  Time to descend.  38 miles.  A shower and a coke felt wonderful afterwards.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Winding Down in Cambria

Friday, Sept 9th

Last day of vacation.  We've left Santa Barbara and are in Cambria, specifically we're at Linn's for some olallieberry pie.  We planned to do a big ride today but time and fog were not on our side.

So, after a slice of pie, we took on the challenge of Santa Rosa Creek Road.  I'd love to see this when it is green and full of flowers as Miss P. did several months ago.

Please,  please, no applause.  Boy, Santa Rosa Creek Road seemed longer this time.

Just like a scene from the Hitchcock movie.  Didn't stick around too long.

Finally, at the intersection, Hwy 47 that will take us back to Hwy 1.  After a bit more climbing, the great descent down Hwy 47.  Little wind and not too much traffic made for a fine ride.

Losing the blue sky as the fog and cool temperatures return.  Glad I wore my wool jersey.  We did 30.5 miles.  Alas, the trip has come to a close. 

Another Day in Paradise Continued

Thursday, Sept 8th

After coming down Gibraltar Road, we meandered through neighborhoods and stumbled upon all kinds of funky art, including this mailbox (his bum is the slot for mail).  The roads we took were mostly downhill and quite a treat after the long haul up Gibraltar.  

We eventually came upon a bike path near the sea.  Santa Barbara is really pretty like all the seaside towns of California, each though having its own unique flavor.

Biking closer to the heart of downtown parallel to Cabrillo Hwy.

A moment in the sun and on the beach.

At the pier. We didn't have time to stop.  My mom and I vacationed here Sept 2001 and I would have liked the chance to explore a bit more and revisit places we saw. I'll have to return.  In the evening, we found a great Italian restaurant (Via Maestra 42) around the corner from Motel 6.  In a strip mall. The owner was from Piedmont, Italy.  Nice way to finish the day after doing 35.66 miles.  Tomorrow we leave for Cambria.