Category California

October Weekends, Part Two

October 16 – 18,2020 Less than a week later we found ourselves driving up to Buellton on Friday for a weekend of bike riding with a group of our riding friends in Los Angeles.  Five of us (Heather, Deborah, Cathy, Joanna and myself) met up in the parking lot of Pea Soup Anderson’s Inn before […]

October Weekends, Part One

October 9 – 11, 2020 We’d spend the month of October at home with the exception of two weekends out of town, the highlight of the month being two separate one week visits from Jessica, Kris and Gemma.  They’d also spend a couple of weeks in-between with Kim and Marty in Henderson (we’d run there […]

Arizona Sojourn, Part Eight

September 9 – 20, 2020 Done with our doctor’s appointments late in the day on Thursday, we lit out for Solana Beach knowing we’d likely miss the dinner hour, so down around San Clemente we pulled off the freeway to eat at a Chik-Fil-A.  This is one of those conflicted calls to make as we […]

On the Road Again, Northern California Part Eight

July 23 – August 3, 2020 The next day, our last in town, we opted for what we hoped would be a less difficult ride, down to Angels Camp on Highway 4 and then back up Murphy’s Grade Road.  This would mostly be the case with a few small exceptions, starting with a rough descent […]

On the Road Again, Northern California Part Seven

July 23 – August 3, 2020 The restaurant at the hotel gets good ratings so it was a simple decision to eat there our first night in town.  They had set up a large dining space on an adjacent patio and a grassy area in front of our room, which made for a nice environment […]

On the Road Again, Northern California Part Six

July 23 – August 3, 2020 The included breakfast at the Best Western the next day was a mixed bag; gone are the days of buffet style dining with make your own waffles, often some egg and protein combo, and lots of other choices (cereal, oatmeal, yoghurt, toast, and suspect quality pastry).  Now one queue’s […]

On the Road Again, Northern California Part Five

July 23 – August 3, 2020 Finished with our tour of the Victorian homes, we began our trek to Redding by driving north a short distance on the 101 before turning inland on Highway 299, also known as the Trinity Highway as it follows that the river for nearly half of the journey.  One of […]

On the Road Again, Northern California Part Four

July 23 – August 3, 2020 The next day we got to reap the benefit of having bailed a day early on camping at Richardson Grove in that it opened up a day for bike riding.  To figure out a route I turned to a resource cyclists use often, Ride with GPS, a social media […]

On the Road Again, Northern California Part Three

July 23 – August 3, 2020 As we left Garberville not knowing what the day would bring, it’s nice to appreciate now that although a long one, it was quite fun as we traversed the backroads of coastal northern California.  Our first stop of the day would be Shelter Cove, twenty-four miles away along twisty […]

On the Road Again, Northern California Part Two

July 23 – August 3, 2020 After a pleasant sleep, a nice gift as the first night back in a tent is usually one filled with tossing and turning as you get used to this different environment, we woke to a warm morning that promised an even warmer afternoon.  Our only real plan for the […]