Through yesterday I had accumulated 421 miles for the month of January, my second highest number of miles in any January after the 478 miles in 2003. Today I was going to drive down to Los Angeles to visit friend Carol so was settled on 421 for the month. But ANON! Carol was not feeling chipper so asked that I come down Saturday instead. What to do with my now “free day”. Bingo, I’ll ride 60 miles and set a new personal high for January. So off I pedal to Santa Barbara for some banana/wheatgerm pancakes at the East Beach Grill where I decide that riding down to Ventura for lunch and then home would accumulate the miles I sought. It was a nice 60 miles with lots of wonderful views, interactions, and contemplations.
Note: I continue having a problem with my new slideshow technique. The original slideshow lays on top of my new one. So for now please click anywhere outside the initial image presented to remove the old version and allow my new one to get center stage, thanks.
Checking the calibration on my cyclometer. I have just ridden 6.00 miles and “should” be right at the 21.00 marker having started at marker 15.00. But hey, I’m only off 9 feet per mile
A beautiful clear day and interesting shot toward Emma Wood and on to Ventura
Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands through the boughs
I’m always fascinated and appreciative of the architecture in this restroom complex at San Buenaventura State Beach
40 miles down 20 to go. Lunch at the Ventura Habit with a chocolate malt to celebrate the 60 mile day
Inside the Habit I had a nice visit with this other biker who rides down to Ventura from Ojai once a week
Right on time to be stopped and enjoy the rumbling by of the Seattle bound “Streak”, Too Fun!
The special last car of the day as the “Streak” heads on to Santa Barbara and points north
A creative but sad memorial for a bicyclist killed along the nice coast road
Two fellows entering the surf near Solimar Beach
The “Hal G. Moore” fountain almost halfway to/from Ventura, a much used topup spot for me
Up, up, and away for the Rambouillet
The lovely tropical isle at Mussel Shoals
Last image of the day looking northwest to Santa Barbara. The next slide is the devil, i.e. the details
January mileage at a new high: Dry, warm weather == MILES! (if you continue past this shot it’s a whole new show)