Stopping to say hello during Thursday's evening ride at Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks.... the rest of the details are in the audio.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
vacation, we planned to ride Tuesday night before he left. Long story
short, he got hung up at work and I ended up riding the trails solo.
I'm noticing that it's getting darker much earlier than just a month
ago, but I still managed to get in 90 minutes of climbing and
descending the trails of Wildwood Park - just a short drive from the
house. It won't be long before I'm looking to drop some $ on new
lights for the bike, so I can continue riding through the winter
months, when darkness has fallen before I'm even out of the office.
Until then I'm enjoying watching the setting sun while drifting across
the local trails.
street from the office. Today I pulled into one of my usual spots to
find this flower in bloom, right next to my driver-side window. With
the breeze blowing around it was no easy task, snapping this photo
with a camera phone, but it seems to have come out just fine.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
We caught the caves at low tide... fortunate since we don't have kayaks with us. The caves at Pismo Beach are a sight to see. Check 'em out if you're ever there.
Why some idiot(s) would want to deface such beautiful creations from mother nature is beyond me. I tried to ignore the graffiti and etchings.
How'd you like to be here when the tide comes in... scary stuff.
Donna, peering from inside one of the shallow caves in Pismo Beach.
ANOTHER CAVE VIEW
Just another view from inside one of Pismo's caves along the beach.
LOOKS LIKE A BENCH TO ME
My feet were killing me after walking around in flip flops all day, with no arch support. A place to sit and cold water to soak my feet in was very welcomed relief.
DON'T POOP ON ME
As much as I love pelicans, I wouldn't want to be standing under one while relieving itself. Ick! Donna shares my concern.
We discovered Pismo Yogurt today - a fix-your-own, pay-by-the-pound frozen yogurt establishment. My masterpiece included strawberry frozen yogurt, strawberries, chopped peanuts, cheesecake pieces and carob chips. It was so good I went back for more later in the day.
I'LL BE BACK
Donna enjoyed Pismo Yogurt as much as I did. Of course she created a much healthier dessert than I did.
This was a FANTASTIC weekend getaway to Pismo Beach... fun riding, good food, great weather and the best company a guy could ask for.
THE BEST SPOT FOR SUNSETS
Pismo Beach takes the cake for sunset viewing locations. The cliffs above Shell Beach are primo.
FIREWORKS, EVERY TIME
There's no other way to describe it.
I WANT TO SOAK UP SOME SUN
Donna's choice of music (Cheryl Crowe) has me muttering words that, well, I'd rather not. She did enjoy soaking up some sun this evening.
Donna treated herself to something she never takes the time for... a nap.
CONTEMPLATING A NAP
Donna's energy level dropped quickly once she hit the sofa... I think it actually was the two pillows that really did her in.
ENERGETIC... FOR NOW
Donna hit the sofa full of energy... it faded quickly.
have some fun exploring some new trails and terrain. The scenery and
view were great but the trails themselves leave much to be desired of.
At ome point we found ourselves coming off a trail that bikes were
prohibited on, though I swear there was no such indication at the
trailhead where we started. We found a great shade tree close to the
lake which is where we stopped for a picnic after the ride - Donna had
an all-veggie wrap (yuck) while I chowed down on a triple decker
sandwich with ham, turkey & bacon.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Donna and I spotted a number of dolphins just off the coast at the PCH. Once Apple adds a telephoto lens to the iPhone, I'll be really impressed. Until then, just photos of us watching the dolphins.
A BIT OF A BREEZE
After the A/C at the mall, shaved ice at Shave It, and the A/C at the theatre, we went to the beach to cool off. If only there had been a breeze, it would have been great.
Shave It in Thousand Oaks now offers banana and coconut flavors, sugar-free. Given today's scorching temperatures, it was a great spot to hit this afternoon.
While awaiting our shaved ice this afternoon we got to watch mountain bike downhill racing from, I'm estimating, the early 90's.
You can't go wrong with lunch at Panera Bread. Half a sandwich and soup is always perfect.
The Gap had my jeans on sale for $9! It was a great experience buying jeans 6" smaller in the waist!
Whenever Donna needs make-up she alerts me that she needs to go to the MAC store. I always get excited thinking she means the Apple store. Gadgets and gadget accessories were nowhere to be found.
I don't know where that saying comes from but Sunday was an awesome day. We hammered up Sulphur Mtn Road, a dirt road climb 11 miles in length, in a matter of 1hr 20min. The last two miles are partially asphalt but still... ouch! The big perk... time together and a sense of accomplishment.
HIGH ABOVE OJAI
Donna fighting through the final portion of an 11-mile climb on a 'cross bike.
NAPPING ON THE BEACH
I think Donna can sleep pretty much anywhere...
What more can you ask for after a long ride and a good lunch than a cool beach
Monday, July 6, 2009
had worn her brake pads down to nothing. Both bikes were in need of
new chains so we opted to drop the bikes off with the mechanic and
take the cyclocross bikes out instead. Wow, what a difference. After
riding full suspension mtn bikes for so long, fully rigid 'cross bikes
feel especially brutal as they transfer every bump and jolt directly
to your bones and muscles! Ouch!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
out for a short road ride around Camarillo. Today's weather was
perfect as usual -75 degrees and sunny as can be. Not long before
before getting home my left cleat broke which didn't make for a great
finish to the ride, but the rest of the day was great... Tri-tip and
corn on the cobb on the grill, pasta salad, chili, and blueberry