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Oct 1, 2010

Summer Cycling

friant august 2010
Got ice cream and water here
With the summer cooling down as California rolls into Autumn, I've started to take longer bike rides on Sundays. Last Sunday, I revisited a route that goes through the San Joaquin Valley foothills near my hometown. I hadn't done that trip since University days. I found out how out of shape I am when I had to walk my bicycle up a couple of the hills.  I was on my cheap, heavy bicycle which ended up being a good thing.   A quarter of the road had no bicycle lane, so I rode on the shoulder.   The total ride covered about 40 miles.  This coming Sunday I plan to go up to the same area but take a better route.

Have you ever done a bicycle tour?  Let me know if you have.   I've only done long rides locally, but I'm interested in touring for weeks on a bicycle.

auberry august 2010
California Summer 
Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
-- Albert Einstein

7 comments:

Poetic Artist said...

Just a short trip..40 miles..
Beautiful country. Hope things are good for you.
Katelen

readingsully2 said...

40 miles...are you kidding me. Amazing!!!

ZenDotStudio said...

love your bike picture and that golden California summer. and I bet that ice cream and water tasted good on that long bike ride.

haven't got the bikes out here with so many things to keep us busy this summer (house hunting, house moving). And soon the winter rains will set in.....next year for the bikes.

Jesse Noe Mendez said...

Hi,

cool photo of the California foothills. And the bike looks cool....

xoox

Gallery Juana said...

Poetic, reading and jesse, thanks for stopping by. It's always good to hear from you.

Zen, you're right about everything tasting good after that ride! The rains are here for us already. We'll see how much more biking I can get in.

fly tie said...

love that quote.

i've never done a bicycle tour, and i haven't even ridden a bike in a long time. but i've been wanting one for the longest.

speaking of realizing you're out of shape, i went and played basketball last weak and was totally work out 5 minutes into the game. could hardly breathe, couldn't stand up straight, etc. so sad!

Gallery Juana said...

flytie,
basketball is a definite workout!

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