11 miles around Lake Natoma
Saturday, December 10th
|Our gathering spot in Folsom (picture by Al)|
A medium-large group set out at 10 this morning from Folsom. TWO trikers this time, me and my intrepid friend, Al. The rest on an assortment of comfort bikes, road bikes, and mountain bikes. Most of us were content to just go around the lake but one rider was heading back to Sacramento after our ride. He might have taken the train down, which would give him about 41 miles, or he may have pedaled the whole way, which would be 70 miles.
|"That trike was thiiiiiiiiiiiiis wide" (picture by Al)|
We saw horses today, and their timing was great. I do worry about accidentally freaking out horses. We overtook a bunch just as they were exiting the paved trail for the dirt path, and then two of that group kindly scooted ahead farther down the trail to get out of the way of the 16 bike-riding fools clogging up the trail. I think they are either park rangers or volunteers. I've seen them around before. One of the horses was a beautiful glossy prancing tail-flagging Arabian.
I set a pretty brisk pace (the excuse was the need to warm up a little) and that seemed to be OK. Al was our sweeper today (complete with a broom tied to the back of his trike. And a festive seasonal ribbon as well).
|The Dust Buster|
I took all of three pictures today (one was dark, one was boring, and one is above) so any other pictures you might see in today's post were taken by Al.
We gathered after the ride at Karen's Bakery Cafe. A great place to eat: a bit pricey but worth it. I devoured a small bowl of salmon pasta salad and Al plowed through a sandwich with some greens.
|"Hmmm," Liz says. "My plate is quite empty now! So distressed..." (Al's picture)|
You'd think I'd get bored with this ride, but it is really fun to do. So I'll schedule another one for January. I hope that day in January is as nice as today!