Thursday, June 21, 2018

Riding the Redwoods

I have to admit that it is even surprising me how much I am enjoying biking.  (And for the record, it is NOT a replacement for running.)  Having a better quality bike really is making a huge difference.  As most of you know, we just got back from our NORCAL (Northern California) vacation.  One of the things we did was ride along the "Avenue of the Giants".

This really is an amazing place.  We first went there 15 years ago while training for a marathon and needed to run a 20 miler.  Thanks to so many HUGE redwoods, it is cool and shady.  At a low elevation, it makes breathing easier.  I joked that with all those trees you don't even need to inhale, the oxygen just jumps into your lungs.

However, it wasn't as flat as my mind remembered it.  The incline was just over 1400 feet.  But the flat parts are really flat.

We weren't really dressed for a cool, breezy day and by the end of our ride our fingers were really cold! I told hubby it felt like Autumn!

We rode 38.81 miles.  I really wanted more but with the wind I was pretty much done by that point.

It was fun riding through such a scenic place.  I think I am going to try to ride 1,000 miles before the end of summer.  Right now I am at 324.7 miles.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018


I gotta say I am really enjoying my new bike.  It is a Specialized Sirrus Sport (Hybrid) and it is absolutely the perfect bike for me!  Bob got the same thing and he loves his too.

We went on a bike ride today.  We rode just over 17 miles and I am happy to report I am finally adjusting to my saddle!

Sometimes I just gotta stop to take a photo.

The place we bought them from does personalized fittings and offers clinics to learn about our bikes.  We went to all the clinics and our fitting is this Thursday.

We've had them almost a month so they will tweak any issues we have.  Bob ordered a bike stand so that we can easily clean the bikes, change tires, or make any repairs.  But we purchased a Maintenance Plan so they will be making all adjustments and tune-ups for the first 2 years.

I hope to rack up the miles on Lila (my bike's name)!


Monday, April 16, 2018

Pictures From The Grand Canyon

On our way - pit stop at Big Rock Candy Mountain

Dogs are only allowed on paved surfaces in the National Parks.  Luckily there are many of them.  There is a 13-mile paved trail along the rum.

We were at Trailer Village, a full hookup park inside the park.

The Doods were having a sniff & Pee fest!

We had a small herd of elk that hung around Trailer Village.

The Doods were quick to notice the elk and always appeared surprised to see them (but did not bark).

Yup, it's a desert!

It was rather windy most days.

Lots of muted colors!

Elk by the truck.

Another one.

Lots of folks heading out on the Bright Angel trail but most turned back in the first mile.  It was a serious case of "what goes down must come up".  The trail winds straight down (via switchbacks).  There aren't any flat parts to give your legs a rest.

The 3-Mile House is actually at the 3.5 miles point (7 mile down & up).  This was our turn around.  My legs had no interest in continuing downhill.  The steep downhill had my toes wanting to break through the ends of my hiking shoes.

Just footsteps away from being at the top again!

The park (like many) offers a free shuttle service to help cut down on traffic & congestion.  It is heavily used since there is usually very limited parking.  Even though it was off-season, you can see they were typically packed (like sardines)!

Lots and lots of new smells!

We explored some ruins just inside that park entrance.

We had a great time.  The weather was nice for all but 1 day and that wasn't too bad, just cooler & VERY windy.