Sep 292012

As we did last year Cyn­thia and I drove up ear­ly for the San Luis Obis­po Bike Club’s annu­al Light­house Bicy­cle ride. This year there was a new start­ing point in Mor­ro Bay at the high school. We arrived in the midst of lots of oth­ers get­ting set and rid­ing off so we felt right in the mix. It was a brisk morn­ing with some clouds and fog, a nice start to the day.

SLO BC had lots of food/rest stops and the new route allowed us to get far enough north to pass and see the ride’s name­sake light­house as well as Cam­bria, Hearst Cas­tle & Beach, the ele­phant seal rook­ery, and the mag­nif­i­cent north coast of SLO Coun­ty. The weath­er, scenery and vis­its with oth­er bik­ers and sup­port staff made for a great day of rid­ing. It was a cap­i­tal out­ing. I thought we’d be rid­ing around 60 miles today but I end­ed up with 74, which felt fine.

Click on any of the images of us to see us enlarge.

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Sep 192012

Car­ol came over this morn­ing at 11:15 and we jumped in the Vol­vo for anoth­er trip to Ven­tu­ra to vis­it Nan­cy before she resumes her nor­mal work life next week.

After a chat and guid­ed tour of her toma­to and egg­plant crop we all decid­ed that a trip to Bren­t’s would be next on the agen­da. We had a fun vis­it on the way down, a con­tin­ued chat­ting dur­ing lunch (includ­ing CSI Miami’s David Caru­so in the booth right near us and right behind Car­ol’s head in the shot above), and a stop on the way back through Camar­il­lo at an organ­ic fruit and veg­etable stand that was sell­ing won­der­ful look­ing toma­toes for fifty cents a pound.

Anoth­er day in the life. Click on the image above to see what we each ordered.

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Sep 182012

I rode my bike out to Car­ol’s then we rode over to the UCEN for a won­der­ful vis­it and lunch with Cyn­thia. Right out­side Cyn­thi­a’s office is a row of six old audi­to­ri­um chairs which prompt­ed me to coerce my com­pan­ions into a few iPhone shots (shoul­da cleaned the dirt off the lens first). Click on our hap­py selves to see a big­ger ver­sion of us.

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Sep 102012

Post lunch at Bren­t’s in West­lake — Nan­cy with her award win­ning home grown toma­toes

I rode my trusty motor­cy­cle down to Nan­cy’s in Ven­tu­ra late this morn­ing. After a nice vis­it with she and her sweet­heart Lar­ry, Nan­cy and I drove on to Bren­t’s in West­lake for a fan­tas­tic lunch of Ruben’s all round.

Post lunch Nan­cy ordered a bunch of stuff to take away, hence the $85 total bill. Bren­t’s has a spe­cial menu with lots of check­box­es for just such occa­sions but one thing that need­ed to be hand entered was Lar­ry’s request­ed slice of choco­late cake.

Not famil­iar with Bren­t’s? Click here to see what they have to say for them­selves.

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