Our day started in Caspar Beach where we packed up the camper, hooked up to the truck and set off for stop number one, the supermarket down the road. We pulled in and a guy came up to us and said the bike rack on the back of our camper didn’t look right. I went back to have a look and sure enough the pin that allows the rack to move into a upright stored position or the down/loaded position had broken and the rack was hanging low! Luckily the camper is high enough the bikes did not drag on the road. With that discovery I
We’ve been in California for almost 5 months. We love it here: the diversity, the mountains that dive into the sea, the food, the roads, the options. But… we are California’d out. So much so that last week we almost dumped our plans and headed to Sedona for two weeks. This is the first Spring since we moved to Colorado in 1998 that we haven’t been to the desert. We miss open spaces, free camping, dirt, blue skies, and good mountain biking. But… we decided to stay on track. We wanted to see friends in San Francisco and the thought of detouring thousands of miles
This is our third time in Santa Cruz. I want to love Santa Cruz. What other town has surfing, mountain biking, road biking and a college vibe? My outsiders take is this – it’s like the town has both too much character and none at all. Everything seems stuck in the 80s. Buildings are rundown, roads are poorly planned to get from point a to point b, people are in a hurry, and it’s big and spread out. The “normal” people and active types are mostly overshadowed by homeless people and stoners/heroin addicts. Everything just seems a bit “dirty” here unless you are actually biking
“Waves are not measured in feet and inches, they are measured in increments of fear.” ~Buzzy Trent Yesterday we moved up the road to San Elijo State Beach. San Elijo sits between two of the most iconic surf areas in California (Swamis and Cardiff Reef). So when in Rome … surf! I struggle with so many things about surfing. I’m not consistent or talented, it scares me, it challenges me mentally and physically, and I need to be aware and accountable when in a lineup. Unlike other sports where amateurs get “a pass” or people just talk behind their back, when you surf you need
When we started traveling around the West a few years ago we intended to find the next great place to live. After all we “had found” Boulder before all the Californians, and then we “found” Ridgway before the masses. I’m not sure what we were expecting to find: a mountain town, with great surfing, temps between 65-80 at all times, mountain bike trails, safe and smooth roads, a low population but high enough for great restaurants and shopping… No we never found that place. But we did find those places. California in the late winter, Western Colorado in late spring, Mountain Colorado in the late
“Dad, I really want to win this so I’m gonna have to DIG DEEP” Those were Kalden’s exact words on our training ride 2 days before his time trial around Fiesta Island in San Diego, CA. I thought it was great, seeing him light up with excitement to once again be racing his road bike, but my goals were a bit more modest for him. 1) Stay on course and don’t miss your one and only turn (a fork in the road going right. 2) Hold your line as the adults blow by you on their TT bikes so you don’t take them out! In
We have just a couple of days left here in San Diego and it’s been a wonderful month here. In my last post I mentioned we had to take our truck in for some service work which is all completed now but with Thanksgiving and the need to order parts things took much longer than we expected. Luckily the dealer gave us a loaner SUV to keep us going. The past few weeks we have actually dialed back the riding a bit and been doing more surfing. We found a great “Black Friday” online sale from Degree 33 Surfboards and took the plung (bought one).