12 November 2014

Short days

Wednesday, 12 November

#356 / #157

We only went 10 miles today. It is hard to figure out how to ride on a weekday afternoon when the darn sun goes down at 4:45pm. Red Leader just takes a few hours off of work and we go.

We rode from the parking garage in Folsom out to Nimbus Flats and back. Nothing special, but we could tell that we had ridden hard on Sunday!

I debated starting out in a jacket, but decided to just wear shirtsleeves. I was fairly chilly for the first few miles, then I warmed right up. But I was glad to put the jacket on when we were done with our ride. It maybe time to find a long sleeves high-viz shirt.

Probably Sunday this weekend.

Cashing in

9 Nov

#355 / #157

The fruits of my plotting were to incorporate the Johnny Cash trail (Folsom, CA) into our ride today.

New bike trail up to the new Johnny Cash overcrossing. Pretty cool!

We went on Oak Ave trail between Blue Ravine and Natomas St, rode the couple hundred feet on the shoulder to the new center median left turn green painted "bike box" that allows bike and ped traffic to make its way across busy Natomas Rd.

Then it was up over the new overcrossing and down the other side of Folsom Crossing. We'd planned to continue up to Beale's Point, but Red Leader decided that he didn't want to get his heart rate up over 165 anymore times that day.

No worries!

I took us back to the Raley's parking lot via the horrible crossings of the rail-trail that parallels Folsom Blvd. Will use the riverside bike trail next time! I think it would have been about 20 miles if we had gone to Beals and used the riverside bike path.

This is our route with some elevation info (screenshot from Strava - I give up on Google Maps - used to be good for making routes, now stinks like a three day old roadkill skunk).

09 November 2014

Birthday ride

5 Nov

#354 / #156

Neither Red Leader nor I were up to riding my age this year, so we declared it "Ladies' Choice" and I chose to ride around Lake Natomas. So we did!

It was perfect weather and a great birthday ride. On the way home, I persuaded RL to drive on East Natomas so I could see if the new path leading up to the new overcrossing was open. It was! So I started plotting ...

03 November 2014

Walloping along

Sunday, 2 November

#353 / #155

Red Leader and I finally managed to get out the door for a ride. Cool, sunny, unexpectedly windy.

Strava let me down, recording 3.8 miles of my 19 mile ride. And I was even trying for a PR on the Enchanted Forest segment. I don't play the personal record game, but sometimes I just can't resist. So I have no idea if I was even near my previous best time.

Oh well.

Saw a deer, RL saw a coyote, and lots of squirrels.

A trio of trike riders, and we saw two more as we were driving up to the Sunrise Rec area.

And that's about all I can remember from the ride.