Thursday, October 3, 2019

Sub 14 up Tunnel!

That took a while.  And Tunnel is tough, but riding with the c510 crew sure makes you strong!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

TRT Training Runs

Busy, busy...

I'll start posting here again for my mental organization.  I was training for the TRT 100 this summer and here's some of the more memorable training runs leading up to the race. 

Big EBMUD loop... involving lots of thistles, fences, vultures, and dry hot sun.

Fun run in Marin with Sam, Scott, Seth, and Hank

TI run = flat

Beautiful morning run

My favorite mtn in the bay.  Always a good choice!

With Kai on his bike!

Mission Peak!

Found the ropes climbs from the papa's runs from many years ago...

All nigher with Alex and Sam.  Sam and I took BART into the city, ran to Sausalito Ferry, ferried back and BART back.

Dipsea with Sam and Ollie - this was a great event.  I'd love to come back and do it again next year.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

La Ruta La Loca - 2019

It's been 5 years since I did my favorite brevet:  La Ruta La Loca.

Easily the most beautiful 200k that is challenging enough to make it quite rewarding.  This time I needed it for a qualifier for PBP.  I got my 600k qualifier during the slightly wet Cabeceras Faro a month prior.

Anyway, I've got a backlog of ride reports, so starting with some pics...

Pre-ride talk with Carlos
Foggy bridge crossing
right off the bat, I had some issues.  Tool bag fell out, tires started rubbing on the brake pads, and boom.  And soon after 
Thankfully I had my own moral SAG support.  Jack and Sigman!  They waited for me wondering if I had been devoured by a Mtn Lion.  
After fixing my tire, catching up with Jack and Sig, I cranked through on my single speed on these fun dirt roads for a while... 
This is where Jack had to turn around... so we took a group shot.
busted cable pic.
Wound up at Black Mtn Cycles (which a lot of rando's have and use).  This guy is da man!  He fixed my bike up, tuned her up real quick and got me moving... 
with enough time to eat some Double 8 ice cream (Buffalo milk yo!!).  Man my hands are dirty... ewww...
Cranking through Paradise loop to barely make it to the cutoff time.
Hate this stop... I mean c'mon 10$ Caprese sandos?  WTF???
Cranking up Old RR as the fog rolls back in.  
Stopping for horses!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Elephant Seals at Pt. Reyes -> Bill Maher at the Fox!

We heard the Elephant Seals were out at Drake's Beach, so we decided to go have a look.

After seeing the Elephant Seals, we drove a short ways to Chimney Rock at the end of Pt. Reyes.  An amazing hike, and easy flat stroll... highly recommended.  

the docent told us one ma, shouldn't be feeding 2 pups... and one of them will probably not make it.

more seals

Check out the Farallons!

hi birdie...
sooo pretty

The kids weren't done, so on our way out we stopped to do the Abbott's Lagoon Hike on our way out.
Cool mushroom we found on the hike out


Nikko practicing his Kung Fu
Kai needs to work on his cartwheels
Kai jumping

360 jump!

And what's a trip to Pt. Reyes w/o buffalo milk ice cream?  
Mmmmm... my favorite ice cream in the whole world.  
That night we had a date night to go see Bill Maher at the Fox!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Diablo Blanco -> sightseeing in SF

There was some low elevation snow in the forecast, so we decided to do the next best thing to BALLS (Bay Area Low Level Skiing)... BUD (Bike up Diablo).  So I picked up Scott and we rode from Sigman's house.  

Check out the summit!


This early ride gave me plenty of time to get back and shower.  Then we took a Lyft to Jack London to hop on the ferry for a day in SF.
The boys are sad to leave Oakland... not...
at the Cable Car museum...
Cool tokens from around the country
the Key system in Oakland!



Coit Tower, in memory of volunteer firemen.
the line was too long, so we left, but the boys liked sliding down... 




and we found a geocache!





this was an amazing playground btw.  Need to take the kids back here... 

we found this place in N. Beach for dinner.  



in China town we found some dim sum that the boys devoured.  Around this time they were getting quite goofy and silly.. time to get home!