Singletrack, single speed, single time

Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
Trip End Oct 24, 2012

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Forest of Nisene Marks State Park Aptos
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Flag of United States  , California
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Every other day La has given me a couple of hours off to head out for a little ride. This time has been all important for me:
- to see the area from another perspective,
- to recharge for the inevitable and sometimes relentless kid-time.

As you have seen by the San Fran pics my obsession with bridges, which I had warned you of in an earlier blog: The Golden Gate is an interesting bridge. When you first arrive, she frustrates you because the incessant fog does not allow you to get a good view. But then, if you get the opportunity to visit her everyday you realize that her beauty lies in her giving you a different view each day, if not every other hour as her gown of fog shifts and changes.

I had the opportunity to ride over her most mornings while in SF and captured a few pics.

As for the rest of the pics, they should speak for themselves of a view worth taking in. Sometimes it was a break to take in the view, mostly it was an opportunity to catch my breath. Or it may even be capturing my RV shopping.

I realise that i am more adventurous on my rides back home when i have my mates around. By myself, i go a little slower down the hills in case i go over the edge and there is no one to see me; or when the road ends and it says "KEEP OUT", I disappoint myself by finding that mostly, i do not enter. Damn, if you do not watch yourself, this society can turn you into a law abiding citizen without the ability to challenge or use your own logic in making decisions.

Today was a riding highlight. We are in Lake Tahoe: Northstar is a ski resort in winter and opens for mountain biking in summer. Ski lifts take you to the top for a green, blue, black or dbl diamond run down. On my arrival in my lycra and single speed hard tail in hand, I felt naked when everyone else had full helmets, body armour and big hit-big travel bikes. I had to remind myself that they were familiar pre-race butterflies/ excitement and to just climb onto a gondola, all foreign and strange for riding back home. I can only say that I managed to get a taste for what Broomie, Waps, wives and others have managed to experience in the Alps. It was a great day and my aluminum 29er hardtail single speed did herself proud.
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kimon on

Yes, i had to smile at your fear of entering a "keep out" zone. It reminded me of ten time on Sand Island in Australia when we dived in to that beautiful lake and started swimming out for the other side, both acting like we had no care in the world, but kept casting a side ways glance every 3 or cold4 strokes to make sure the other one was still coming. When you realised that that is what we were doing, we both stopped to tread water and have a little giggle at what a bunch of wusses's we were.
However, just like you, true to form, having realised this, decided to make a conscious effort to over come this fear, and decided to dive off our yacht while doing the Sunday Islands fans swim for shore. The captain turns to me and says :
"What the fucks he doing. Is he a good swimmer and does he know that there are fair amount of sharks in these water's? "
5 minutes later, with all of us hanging over the rails watching you swimming at a good45 degree angle to the shore, the skipper says : "Jesus, he's not even taking the most direct route".
I'm about to suggest that we launch the rubber duck when you realise that you are swimming skew and straighten up. What a laugh.
The moral of the story, i think, is that you can'swimmingt change who you are, because you certainly over came your fear, or proved to yourself that day, that you are bigger than your fears, only to find yourself, 15 years on, standing at a The"KEEP OUT" sign and saying "maybe tomorrow"

kimon on

Just read what i wrote and realised that i will need to get to grips with the predictive text on my new galaxy tab.
I'm sure you will be able to make out the gist of the comment.

grace on

Have enjoyed the photos immensely . You all look so healthy. San Francisco looks wonderful. We should have joined you. Keep it coming. Love you

comodikes on

It is not fair to say now that u should have come to join us. there is still plenty of time.

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