A montage of my wonderful bicycling and birthday month. Starting in the upper left: Olympia, Washingon — Seattle, Washington (a nice day of riding with Scott) — Bend, Oregon and environs — Chico, California and nearby grain elevator — some around the world cycle tourists Quan and I met and visited with as they passed through Santa Barbara — Tom and I on one of our Sunday morning rides, my bike along the Rincon — a stop at Lane Farms for Strawberries — cool Budda in Summerland — a stop at the end of wharf — Stacky’s for a Fiesta wrap (a regular lunch destination) — at the “end” of Goleta stopping for a recently purchased Starbuck’s reduced fat turkey McSandwich and O.J. (A larger montage can be viewed by clicking on the one above)
I rode down to the East Beach Grill and met Carol C. for pancakes, hers with blueberries inside, mine with bananas. We brought along our own Trader Joe’s dark real maple syrup to complement the yummy ‘cakes. We were having such a good time no recorded images of the event were taken. After breakfast I rode down through Carpinteria and along the beautiful Rincon Parkway, deciding to turn around after 27 miles right here at a nice surfing spot.
Several of the folks camping along the Parkway have created some very fun rock sculptures.
On the way home I picked up some water to mix with my powdered Gatorade at the nice fountain adjoining the Rincon fire station (left), stopped for an interesting shot of an oil pumpjack (I just learned this word from WikiPedia), then encountered a slight blocking of the bike path 1/2 mile further along.
Back up the rise from Bates Road to the Hwy. 150 overpass I’m all set to cruise back thru Carpinteria and on to Summerland for a delicious turkey burger at Stackys. (I wish I could keep remembering to keep my fingers away from the iPhone’s lens, note finger in upper left corner of image).
A final stop at Tom’s office for a nice leisurely visit and it was home and into the capsule to prepare this entry. A wonderful post birthday day.
Alistair Greene was playing from four to seven at Whiskey Richards on State Street so since it was my last day at 66 Carol came along to enjoy (and withstand) the LOUD Blues and R&R for two hours! It was midway through all the fun and her doing lots of dancing that we ventured into the Whiskey Richards photo booth for these shots. (Do you think any places other than bars still have these?)
After the second break for the band we walked up State and had a nice dinner at the very British fish and chips place. A very fun pre-birthday outing.
I left the Allens this morning around nine and headed north on Interstate 5 then east on Washington highway 20 to and through North Cascades National Park. The weather was sunny and clear and in the 80’s and the scenery wonderful. A billboard near the entrance to the park described this area as the “American Alps”. Having driven through it I can none but agree.
After leaving the park and passing east of the cascades I drove for several hours alongside the mighty Columbia River, what a treat. Decades ago on a bicycle adventure I sought out the source of the Columbia in Canada and camped overnight there.
Tonight I am holed up in Ellensburg, Washington, the home of Central Washington University. It was granted the site of CWU in 1891 as a consolation prize when Ellensburg lost out to Olympia as Washington’s capital. The historic part of the city is highly touted so I shall be checking on such in the morning.
Scott and I went on a spectacular 48 mile 5th of July bike ride today, mostly skirting around the shore of Lake Washington but also through UDUB, very fun. Temps in the 80’s, just like SoCal 🙂
I start generally south tomorrow for Saturday in Sacramento to see and cheer on Ralph at his foot race there. But first a northern jag up to North Cascades National Park (getting within about 15 miles of Canada) then maybe over to the Grand Coulee Dam before actually starting the move SOUTH.
We rode by an interesting amphibious plane lot/launching area.
The bike trail had a couple of detours along the route. Here’s Scott coming down one with the very nice bike trough beside the stairs.
Scott and I with a very interesting sculpture along the way.
And at the point of needing to turn around after we had pressed our luck heading a couple of miles down the signed as closed path.
I awoke in Olympia, Washington and after the motel’s breakfast rode down to explore the area around the state capital building that I had noticed when arriving last night. The upper left image is the view over to the Olympic Peninsula.
Several shots of parts of the Capital and some nearby sculptures.