Saturday, May 27, 2017
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.
Friday, May 26, 2017
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.
Just like last time in 2012, the weather was perfect unlike yesterday's forecast, as we climbed Glendora Mtn. Road to arrive at the junction to watch the Amgen TOC fellas come flying through.
The Boyfriend worried we would not get there in time since I was a tad bit slow. I swear, I was ready to fire him.... Of course we made it with time to spare and for me to flirt with some nice guys who gave us all kinds of tips on where to bike in the area.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
We left Pismo Beach Tuesday morning and arrived in Glendora for the next leg of our vacation. We met up with a friend of mine for a nice dinner at an Italian restaurant. Wednesday morning, the weather was just like it was back in 2012 when we first climbed Mt. Baldy -- overcast and chilly. We planned to do it in 2015 too and to watch the Amgen Tour of California but rain and snow forced us to cancel. We were deeply disappointed. So, despite less than ideal conditions, we were excited to be able to do it this time in 2017. We went a different route, going through neighborhoods, a bike path and starting the climb from Claremont (thanks to The Boyfriend for mapping this). I like for him to feel useful.... We went through two tunnels.
The Boyfriend was way ahead of me, not to be seen again until much later.
The Boyfriend made it all the way to the top! Wowmobile. This section, 5 miles from the lodge, is the steepest part of the climb. I doubt I could ever do it. Me, I made it to the lodge and waited for 25 minutes, hoping he would come back and we'd go down the mountain together. Well, as it turned out ....
The BF would eventually catch up to me. I went slowly and carefully down the mountain since I was all by myself. Part of the ride, I was rained upon and in heavy fog. My cell phone was useless. When I arrived at the bottom, there was a text message from The BF! He thought I had given up and gone back, so, he went back the way we ascended and he freaked out a bit when I was not waiting for him at the hotel. Listen Mister, I am a weenie and I am slow but I will do a route unless my life is in danger. Well, no need to be so dramatic. Anyway, I was so proud of him and he was so proud of me. I made him drive the car and come get me even though I was only a few miles from the hotel.
Later, all cleaned up, we went to a restaurant straight out of a David Lynch movie, with odd characters, a throw back to the 1950s or 1960s with few diners and elderly people in the bar area doing bad karaoke. It was a time warp and a hilarious way to end the evening. Tomorrow, we planned to do it all again but going up Glendora Mtn Road this time to watch the Amgen Tour of California.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Our cycling vacation includes following the Amgen Tour of California. So today, we left Cambria to watch the pros at Pismo Beach.
The BF figured out where to deposit my car and how to bike to the pier, the start of this stage, and again, proving himself useful....
The start of another cycling vacation with The Boyfriend, arriving in Cambria. But first, we spent the night before in King City at Motel 6 and feasting at Denny's. "Nothing but the best for my woman," so said The BF. Wow, who could ask for anything more .... though I admit, the meal at Denny's was alrighty. Especially since it was the only joint open. We arrived bright and early to begin biking in lovely Cambria, doing a favorite loop that goes along Highway 1 to Cayucos and Old Creek Road, and onward to Santa Rosa Road.
The BF proves useful ... he fixed my flat.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
The Boyfriend and I have never climbed Quimby Road to Mt. Hamilton. I opted out the year Low Key Hill Climb Series did it. That was some time ago. It's not as bad as I imagined. If you can climb Sierra Road, you can climb Quimby. Well, I say that, until I reached this switchback.
The Boyfriend. He and everyone else did the entire ride. He said it was probably 40 degrees at the top of Mt. Hamilton. I would have demanded a limo to get me down. Or a horse drawn carriage. Proud of him for doing it all. And delighted that we both finally did Quimby Road. In a week or so, the pros will be doing Mt. Ham and Quimby Road for the Amgen Tour of California. I hope they have perfect weather.
One last thing, while at Chili's for a meal afterwards, we had another first, watching The Kentucky Derby. Neato peato.