Monday, March 23, 2015

Weekly Pano: Antioch Bridge

Rode out to Sacrameto through the delta this past Sat to get a quick ride in to start off the weekend.  Kimbo's folks came out for their spring break, and Margaret wanted to celebrate her 70th b-day with her grandkids at one of their favorite places... the Railroad museum!  So I took off at 5 am, and arrived 15 min after the family, and got to the spend the rest of the weekend with them.  I wanted to ride through the delta as it's unfamiliar territory for me.  I've been to Rio Vista to kiteboard a handful of times, and I've driven through Walnut Grove and Isleton on hwy 160 from Tahoe when traffic on 80 is heavy, but you really don't get to know a place until you've biked it.  

I do recall the narrow shoulders on most of the route, so I was a bit weary of that, but there wasn't that much traffic, so it ended up being ok.  I will say that, you should avoid the highways as much as possible, as that's where the traffic is.  If you look closely at my route after Isleton, that's what I did... crossing the river as necessary when 160 crossed it.  I think next time, I'd cross the Rio Vista bridge and follow Steamboat Slough on Ryer rd... I'm guessing that'll be even less traffic... 

It's really not a popular cycling area, as I didn't pass a single cyclist until mile 85.... when there's a bike lane, and you are relatively close to Sacto.  

the toll plaza... asked the nice lady if I had to pay.  
Do this ride early... as there are plenty of wineries here... and winos on roads without shoulders and bikes... don't mix well
carry change!
these small towns, Walnut Grove, Rio Vista, Isleton, Courtland, Clarksburg all had at least one market and some had some decent looking places to eat.  So if you aren't in a hurry... check em out.  
The next morning... I ran with these folks along the Sacramento River trail up to the Railroad Museum!
Nikko likes the Yepp!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Vid: Sugar Bowl (3.1.2015)

Had a fun 2 hours at Sugar Bowl on Sunday, skiing with Metres, J-Chase, Aaron, and Colin.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Weekly Pano: Bell Lake Yurt

I'll post a short TR on this trip later.  But here's the one sentence summary, "Montana was fun."
Our first encounter with Bell Lake
Tucker, one of our guides (former Squaw patroller), getting ready to drop into the "white room."
Toro, Funk, and owner of Bell Lake Yurt, Drew Pogge.  Looking back at the basin with the "green room" in the middle.  
Metres & Funk skinning around Bell Lake.
Double Funk.  
Nick, after a fresh dump, looking back at Bell Lake.  

Monday, February 9, 2015

Resolutions for 2015 & reviewing 2014

edited from my 2014 list...

at Vincent Arroyo, Nikko loving his crib.
On Going Annual Goals (note, these aren't "resolutions"... rather goals... as I know I won't be able to do all/most of them....)

I did an acceptable job in this category, getting out quite a bit.  Being injury free and having a flexible schedule helped.  

on the Skyline 50k
didn't get to do a 50 miler as once I was in shape to try one, my ankle started acting up and I couldn't run for a while.  So then I focused on cycling.  But I did get to do the Skyline Trail 50k in Jasper NP, which was a real treat... other highlights include the EB-MUD a thon... which was a lot tougher than I expected.  One thing I really wanted to do was another solo peak bagging trail run like I did up Lyell in 2013.  So I'll add that to my annual goals.
  • do a 50 miler
  • do a long run in the Sierras.  
  • do several longer runs on my list...
    • East Bay Skyline, Tam, Ohlone, Skyline to the Sea, Ridge to Bridge, Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne, Tenaya Rim Loop, Big Sur
B, at the finish of the TS100.  That pic describes it all...
I didn't get to do a 600k as we had planned, as Sigman and I focused on the Tahoe Sierra 100 mountain bike race.  Which was the toughest race imaginable.  I think the finish rate was something like 30%, and I saw 2 folks go straight to the hospital from the finish line... 
  • For 2015, I'd like to go on a bikepacking trip.  I'm eyeing the Steens Mountains.  
  • 600k brevet?
    • 2014: Nope... not even a 300k.  But the TS100 should count.  Still putting that on the list... doubtful.
  • at least 6 centuries... I think I only did 4... alas... let's see if I can do 6 this year.  
Summit of Shastas with B
  • 2014 was a meager year, but highlights include: Shasta with Barrett, North Peak with Stefan, Lassen with Metres, two powder days at Sugar Bowl, spending family time and teaching Kai how to ski!  I can't wait get Kai on the snow... 
  • Goals for 2015:
    • Go on a ski trip!  From now on, I'm planning one ski trip a year.  This year we are headed to Bell Lake Yurt in Montana! 
    • And I'm gonna add... go pond skimming... 
photo: tom holub... looks like I have an eye patch.  Arrrrgh!
  • Wasn't very successful in reaching my uni goals.  I think this will come more naturally when Kai starts unicycling.  Which is another goal I just added.  
  • new 2015 goal: Teach Kai to Unicycle
  • Goals from 2014:
    • Wheelwalk 10 ft... yeah I need to work on this... 
    • Coker ride up Tam or Hamilton... nope... but I did get on my coker this year. Logging around 200 miles.  
    • Get a MUNI & ride it monthly... still working on this... 
The whole fam on Manzanita Lake on Memorial Day.
  • from 2014:
    • go on a few thurs night paddles with John B... never did manag to get out.  Did go out to Albany Shoal with Mi-Suk and met up with the folks.  
    • get a bomber roll on both sides... not so bomber... need to go on a few more practice rolling sessions
    • back deck roll? - nope
    • commute to work 12 times.  I think I did it more like 8 times.  Oh well.  

Friday, February 6, 2015

Ski Season....

has begun! and quickly ended... but may come back this weekend... we'll see where the snow levels fall.

here's a quick vid from my first day on snow this year... back in mid-Dec.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Weekly Pano: Donner lake

We went up to Donner Lake twice over the holidays.  Once before X-mas, and once after new years.  And it was beautiful.  For Kim's 15 year anniversary at Environ, she was given a 400$ gift certificate... to anything.  So we got an inflatable SUP.  Which I decided to test out on Donner Lake, during a cold snap.

Shot from the SUP
I love taking night photos here as you have such a nice view from the deck... 

shot precariously from the SUP after taking my gloves off...
another shot... edited a bit... and oversaturated...
Another great day at Donner Lake
Morning SUP session... you have to be pretty confident that you won't fall in...