Tuesday, March 20, 2007

New York City

The Boyfriend and I are going to New York City for a few days. We're staying in one of those boutique hotels with Molten Brown toiletries. Sounds like I'm going to molt but apparently I'm going to bring a touch of luxury and indulgence to my day according to its website. Gosh I hope the bathroom is stocked with "celestial maracuja bathing nectar." Go on, can you feel the bliss. I do feel lucky because the hotel is located in the heart of Manhattan. I've never been to NYC. I want to see the Statue of Liberty and of course the public library.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Eschscholzia californica

Eschscholzia californica, otherwise known as the California Poppy and dotting the landscape for my ride to Alviso. I was treated to an assortment of wildflowers on the trail and on the bay and plum trees in full blossom along a corridor of First Street. When the petals fall, it's like a snowstorm. I did the Alviso Slough Loop Trail (photos of which I borrowed a few for this blog) Saturday as the weather continues in a lovely holding pattern. I took the lower instead of the upper Guadalupe Trail for one segment on the way to Alviso and boy was that a thrill, quite bouncy as the trail has yet to settle. I attempted the same ride Sunday but the legs weren't up for it. And there were no shirtless male runners as on Saturday to motivate me. Have you ever seen Alec Baldwin on celluloid, shirtless? Then you will understand what got me going. Wildflowers, wild men, hard to decide which was lovelier. I wonder if there is a genus/species for shirtless men. Homo sapiens yummy? Later in the week, I'll be in NYC with The Boyfriend and I imagine I'll have much to say.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Big Bird

I spent the weekend biking without The Boyfriend to Alviso and around the bay on my Specialized hybrid. It's a 26 mile loop that I managed to do in 2 hours 15 minutes one day and 2 hours the next day or an average of 13 mph and a max of 24 mph. On Saturday, I encountered an Amtrak train and a freight train and a lot of ducks, the kind you better brake for since they're as large as pigs. Practically as large as the one in the photo. Oh, alright, that's an attraction, part of the Roadside America famous architecture; this one being in Flanders, New York. I also saw egrets standing in the water, staring and looking regal. Occasionally I'll see an egret near the airport and I kinda want to say, "Hey, are you lost? Do you need a ride somewhere?"

The weather has been fabulous the last several weeks. I've done quite a few rides on the Hybrid as well as the Bianchi. The Boyfriend forgot the digital camera on a few occasions despite being reminded to bring it. He took photos of our Sierra Road trip but has yet to send me my copies. I'm thinking about firing The Boyfriend :)

Here's a photo of me on the bay taken in 2005.