I’ve been riding early every other morning but finding after yesterday’s ride that my mileage for the month was 177 miles I decided to head out again this morning to reach 200 miles for the month. Looking again I saw that if my total was 209 miles it would be my greatest in just over a year. So this morning it was up and at ’em!
My first ride into Santa Barbara in months. I was worried, Covid-19 wise, about the narrow Summerland Hill bikeway but my early timing avoided all other riders, cool.
Up early and down to the shore I discover that the tide is way out so with some shallow wading I can get beyond Sand Point and head for Little Dubai, my term for the lovely Middle Eastern styled homes near Padero Beach. I chose to turn around 1/4 mile from Dubai to not over stress my mending left Achilles tendon.
I’ve been getting up very early so have been alternating days between walking over to and along the beach or going for a 40 minute bike ride. This morning it was off to Summerland. Tried something new this morning. I put an earplug in my freeway side ear. It was very helpful in creating a more peaceful ride.
I love getting up early and walking over to and along the shore. A very special getting out for me during our Covid-19 quarantine.
I’ve started taking my camera along to allow shots the iPhone cannot capture as clearly. The heron and egret shots below show this clearly. Tap/Click to see larger versions and note how the volume of water in the salt marsh can vary from almost zero, as in the shot of the egret, to full, shown with the heron.