From Paradise to The Pits!

My body is tired, my butt chaffed ** (thank you Arleen for the fantastic chaffing cream–?-recommended), but I feel thankful to be alive. The ride started out nice enough with some flat, scenic riding through the southern end of Napa Valley. About thirty miles into the ride, Continue reading

A Little Slice of Paradise

  • Archetype in St. Helena
  • Mike & Wife in Napa Campground
  • Cafe in Culinary Institute
  • Mike's Cool Hammock Lights
  • Wine & Chocolate Pairing
  • Great Coffee in St. Helena
  • River at Campground in Napa Bothe SP

In my short time living in the Bay Area, I’ve had various friends visit and want to experience Napa Valley. I think back to all the time and effort spent trying to put together the perfect trips, including bicycle trips. While each one turned out very nice, what I happened upon on accidentally with Steel was fantastic too. Continue reading

Parades and More Parades!

  • Dean's Coyote Speed Bike
  • Fool's Day Parade Band
  • Apple Blossom Parade in Sebastopol
  • Karma Coffee Gals
  • Occidental Fool's Day Parade Float
  • Exposure at Fool's Day Parade
  • More Fools
  • Bicycle Special at Rooster's Coffee in Forrestville
  • Taylor Maid Farms Coffee
  • Cycling Martinelli Road
  • Hilton less than a mile away

 

I awoke early at the renegade camping spot -concerned with hightailing it out before being discovered. I broke ate, broke camp, and packed up Steel in record time – one hour! I had never done so in under two.

 

I had an almost immediate ‘laugh out loud’ moment as I cycled Continue reading

Renegade Camping

  • Tilt-A-Whirl Seating
  • Renegade Camping
  • Love Abandoned Amusement Parks
  • Steel & I Doing Laundry
  • Putt Putt in Guerneville
  • Russian River Cycling
  • Russian River Cycling
  • Road House Coffee in Bodega Bay

On the road again (la, la, la).  Up early, wrote, packed, and headed up to Roaster’s Coffee in Bodega Bay, where I’d come to know and enjoy the Irving family who ran the business.  Steel and I attempted to interview the troupes (I say attempted because our Google Hangout Air live show attempt was fun but no recording seemed to materialize on YouTube).  Fortunately, we did a separate interview using my Ipad so that will be forth coming.  After a fond farewell, I was on the road by 1:30 p.m. and heading back North Continue reading

Then The Entertainment Came to Me (Act I)

  • Rainbow Over My Tent

The Bodega Bay Dunes campground is the bomb…$5 hike/bike sites, free showers, dish washing area with hot water, internet and cell reception, distant crashing waves and sea lion sounds, great hiking, and less than a mile to a cool coffee shop with to-die-for pastries and a little grocery store just beyond.

 

I no sooner set up my camp and Bruce from Alaska rolled in Continue reading

A Matter of Perspective

Walker & BlueberryToday I planned to do a big ride day – 50 plus miles, which seemed like a lot for me considering how little riding I’ve actually been doingI As I packed up Steel, I struggled as to whether I was going to bring a cool coffee thermos that I had been given. Continue reading

Us vs. The Raccoons & Rain

  • Gualala County Campground
  • Minor's Lettuce

 

Rain! Rain! Rain!  Break in the rain…go!  I packed up all my stuff and took advantage of a small reprieve in the rain to head to the Gualala county campground only about 5 miles from Mary-D back North and only about a mile or so from the quaint seaside town of Gualala.  Fortunately, I had enough time to get my tent set up and a stroll down to the ocean and pick Continue reading