previous post: Day 26 in a San Diego Hotel (Neuroses of a Bike Touring Mom)
Day 26: Downtown San Diego to Border Field State Park (and back)
Since I already shared my early morning neuroses, you know that I did not wake up feeling relaxed on the final day of the trip. Who has time to relax at the end of a long adventure?
Still so much to do:
- Ride 17 miles to the border to “finish” our tour
- Get a bike box
- Pick up a rental car
- Take apart a couple of large bikes
- Wrestle two large bikes into a box and pack/protect them for a long journey
- Load the rental car with bike parts that are not going in the box along with all of our panniers etc
- Drop huge bike box at the shipper
- Do laundry
- Take the kids to the San Diego Zoo
- Take the girl shopping for some normal (non-bike-touring) clothes
The largest and most daunting task: all of the steps involving prepping and shipping two large tandems to Seattle. Continue reading
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Day 10: Santa Cruz to Monterey
Santa Cruz to Monterey/Pacific Grove should be a lovely day on the bike. That is, unless there’s a raging headwind and your normal power pedaler is hitting day 10 with puffy, sore knees.
When mapping a daily route via Google Maps, it generally figures 10mph average pace to allow for stops, traffic and the like. We’re normally right on that. However today was closer to 10mph *moving* with actual average speed for the day more like 7.
If you can get past the wind, speed, and pain, it really was a lovely day. The sun was out, the views, view-worthy, and the animals (otters, seals and a pelican or two) in abundance. It was just that damn wind and the sore knees that pushed us close to a family breakdown. But the kids’ spirit and desire to get to San Diego kept us moving forward. Continue reading
previous post: A Drive to Oakland and Rest days in the Bay Area
Day 8: Oakland to Half Moon Bay
Destination of the day: Half Moon Bay. We started with a Bart ride from Rock Ridge to Daly City. Although bikes are allowed on Bart, two giant bikes take up a lot of space and we didn’t want to be rude. We waited until commute hours had passed, to avoid loading two giant tandems on trains crowded with commuters. Good plan! Bart was mostly empty mid-day and the trip ended up being stress-free and uneventful. Continue reading
What sort of winter hibernation do you enjoy? The Car Free Days family tried to escape the cold and dark by hunkering down at home; reading, drinking gallons of hot tea, cuddling up around the fire, and occasionally getting out-of-town to ski in the Cascade range.
But a few winters ago we started doing something even better with the short, sucky days: dreaming about and planning epic summer bike tours.
Coping with Winter Blahs
With just over 8 hours of daylight during the winter months, Pacific Northwesterners (and Scandinavians, and Russians, and ….) must come up with some way to preserve our sanity day after dark sodden day from November through March. Residents of these northen climes rely on many different methods for coping with winter dreariness. Some use light therapy, others make regular pilgrimages to day spas; soaking in hot pools and sweating away sorrows in saunas. Still others escape altogether with vacations to warm sunny climates. For some reason the historic, go-to strategy of heavy drinking has fallen out of favor. At least in our circles.
A new twist on beating dreary days came from family biking media darling Emily Finch this past December. I spent a good part of my early Christmas vacation living vicariously through her highly entertaining winter indoor-painting-therapy-program: Continue reading
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