Recent Outings, Musings, and Hijinks - At A Glance
Sunday, October 9, 2011
The 2011-2012 season is underway. Nice start by the boys in Teal.
I'm stoked Michal Handzus is now a Shark. He has always played tough against San Jose.
All photos pull from the Sharks web-site.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
I took a bike ride out to the Dry Creek Valley this morning to see how the fall foliage was coming along. Not a lot of color happening yet, but the smell of grape harvest was in the air.
I treated the to/back as a work out, but rode part of West Dry Creek Road at a leisurely pace, taking pictures, enjoying the crisp morning and brilliant blue skies.
Total Miles: 27.5
Waiting for harvest on Dutcher Creek Road.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
I joined the COOA group to ride the Bizz Johnson Trail near Susanville, CA. Total distance - 30 miles.
It was a long day Friday, as I had a sales meeting in Hayward. I was up at 3:00am to be at the distributor at 6:00am to prepare for a 8:00am meeting which included a E&J Brandy/Camarena Tequila presentation. After the meeting, I drove directly to Susanville, arriving about 7:00pm. I secured a room at the local Best Western, had a couple glasses of wine, and fell soundly asleep.
Being right there, I was at the Historic Train Depot in Susanville (where we were to pick up a shuttle) at 7:30am ready to go. Everyone's bike/self was loaded by about 9:00am and we were on the road back down to Westwood for the start of the ride.
There was about a mile or two of riding on pavement to get to the trailhead (my bike computer wasn't working at the start, so I'm guessing). The fast group pulled ahead and when we gathered at the start there was five of us. We covered the first 8 miles at a workout pace. Once we crossed the Susan River for the first time, the landscape opened up and the scenery changed. I stopped several times to take pictures and found myself way behind the the group I started with and quite a ways ahead of the casual riders several miles behind me.
It was great! I rode the next 22 miles at a rather leisurely pace, stopping often to take pictures and soak up the Susan River environment which included, bridges, tunnels, aspens, volcanic outcroppings and lush stream side vegetation.
I arrived back at the train depot in Susanville at 1:10pm for a total ride time of about 3 1/5 hours.
COOA member getting ready at the Historic Train Depot in Susanville.
The old Railroad track converted to an hiking, biking, equestrian trail (Rails to Trails).