Saturday, January 02, 2016

2015 In Review & Today's Ride

I rode 98 miles in 2015.  That is the least amount of miles I have ridden in a year since I started keeping track in 1987.

Today I hauled Jamis down to the Otay River valley and rode it along some road with no name.  I parked where the road with no name intersects with Heritage Road, near the water park entrance.

I rode east for three-some miles, and then back again, three-some miles, for total of six point six-one miles.

I found ten geocaches along the way, and didn't find three.

I saw this interesting round-ish building.  I figured it was some sort of milking barn, for cows, you know.

I was wrong.  Here's an article I discovered, "'Round' barn gave chicks a fighting chance".  It was linked from this Otay Valley Regional Park page, which has some other very interesting articles about the area.

So here are several picture I took, with bike and without.

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With bike. Taken with camera.

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Without bike. Taken with phone.

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This cache had the added obstacle of...CACTUS!

See if you can spot the cache!  The image is quite large so you can zoom in on it!

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The obligatory selfie.  That is the toll road 125 bridge in the background.

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While signing the log at one cache a family in a truck with quads and motorcycles stopped for directions to an easier way out, rather than the way they had come, which I think was down Johnson Canyon.  I'm a stranger here myself, but I think I was able to help them.

Afterwards I drove around to some other caches, mostly in the Skyline and Casa de Oro areas.  I found five more, for a total of fifteen for the day.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

How Many Miles This Year?

Not many! 

Rode the bike to work today, probably 7 miles round trip.

I was tootling up Jackson when a cyclist passed me and remarked "The bike lane is sure crowded this morning!"   I got a chuckle out of that.

I was almost home, going through a parking lot after retrieving a geocache that needed some TLC when a car came up behind me in the wrong lane, passed me (wrong direction lane, mind you) stopped at a STOP sign and made a right turn in front of me.  All without even slowing down, not to mention stopping for the stop sign.  I said some naughty words to that car.

Mechanically, the front brake work OK, but needs some adjustment.  The rear brake needs replacement.  I bought that new seat a LONG time ago but have not installed it yet. 

I gonna take that cell phone mount off, it's not working out.  Too much junk on the dash and you can't read it anyway, what with the glare.  Maybe some sort of lanyard would be the hot setup.

Bike lights worked great!

Friday, July 10, 2015


I did NOT ride the bike today, but I DID replace the front brake pads and lubed rear brake cable.  I also had to move junk around in the garage so I wouldn't impale myself.  I really need to clean that place up, it is so depressing!

Today was my visit to the oncologist, he was impressed that I road the bike to work on that special day, and I believe the woman who took blood out of my arm was similarly impressed.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, May 31, 2015


Well, that's a very bad pun, if even that.  I have a "sore butt" from riding this morning.

I rode in a Big Loop through Mission Gorge, Santee, and El Cajon.  Here we see the author on the Fr. J. Serra Trail looking (through the camera) at South Fortuna, and marveling that at one time he was clambering around some of them rocks up there looking for a certain geocache.

I took Prospect to avoid all the Santee/Mission Gorge Road death-hassle.  I good plan, until I found they are STILL working on Prospect over by the airport.  The detour guy let me along the construction area, on the sidewalk (radio his fellow guy down the road), which was VERY nice, but I had to be VERY careful.  But I made it.

I rode through El Cajon looking for various caches, and not finding the.  Except for this one, I found this one easily, and it was a very pretty spot, not far from the lake.  ; )

I finished up the ride by going down the main drag for a half-mile so as to add up to an additional mile by the distance I got home, and hence be EXACTLY at twenty-five miles for the day.  Except I was three-hundredths short so I rode down the block a couple of house and back.  Perfect!

The odometer reads 12,745 miles at the end of the day.  Somebody write that down.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Bike To Work Day, For Reals

I managed another ride to work this morning, on the official day.  I wore my baggy'n'saggy Lycra shorts, and my Fighting For Susan pink jersey.  I stopped at my traditional Bike To Work Day refueling station, at my ol' alma mater, but this year they didn't recognize me.  Probably because I took the basket off Jamis.  I got a tee shirt, a cup of coffee, and a Clif Bar.

I had offered the library for bicycle parking and a changing room, and at seven a couple of people showed up.  Yay!  They parked and changed and went off to work.

After lunch we got together and took a group picture.  How great is that?

Do I not look reflective?  And what is wrong with my arms?  Yikes!  At least I'm not frowning!

The students were rewarded this afternoon for their outstanding efforts with a show by three BMX professionals.  It was pretty good, even educational in parts, but the best part was a rider jumping over Mr. C's head.

The riders had a amusing setup before the jump, including "misteaks".  My tummy was sore from laughing!

Well, I made it home safely and in total managed to put twenty miles on Jamis this week.  Probably should oil the chain.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thor's Day To Work

I rode the bike to work today as a sort of pre Bike To Work Day bike to work.  I took off the basket yesterday, charged the rear light up, and put the pannier on the front rack.  This morning I loaded up the pannier and headed off to work.  The neighbor said hi, he was biking off to work, too.  Except he was going to Clairemont, quite a bit farther away, and quite a bit more difficult than my little ride.

I didn't have any problems on the way.  Well, most of the way.  I was almost there when I decided it would be fun to ride with no hands, something I have done many times.  Well, I found that riding no hands with a loaded pannier on one side of the front fork rack is a VERY bad idea.

Fortunately I went up one driveway and down another.  Otherwise I would have been flat on my face and surely hurt.  Scare me good, but I'm especially glad no one was around to see it!!

The obligatory selfie, at work.

I rode just over seven miles today.  That makes this a seven-mile month, so far!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Last Thursday

I DID ride the Jamis to work on Thursday, for 8-some miles round trip.  Many people were amazed to see it parked in the library-in-exile.  I even rode it around the room for a bit, a student caught me at it and videoed it, sure to be on Youtube any day now.'

I certainly enjoy this entirely seasonable weather we are having.  Santa Anas in April?  

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