Being a Tourist – Not Much of a Rest Day

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Yesterday I decided I needed a rest. I woke up feeling pretty beat. I’ve been averaging something like 440 miles a week for the last month. I have more hours so far this year than I had by June 1st of last year. So, I guess I’m tired. I started riding North, just to ride up the coast, but when I got to the top of Torrey Pines, it looked all cloudy and cold North. So I did a U-turn and headed back South. I thought I’d ride the bike path along I-5 and head to Mission Bay.

But, before I knew it, I was way past Mission Bay, through downtown and in Chula Vista. By then, it was just better to go all the way to Imperial Beach, head back up to Coronado Island and take the ferry back to downtown San Diego. It was an all day adventure. Only a little over 60 miles, but it took forever. I was trying to ride easy, but when I was out on Imperial Beach, the wind was blowing hard.

I got to the ferry and one wasn’t coming for 40 minutes, so I rode back into town and had a egg and cheese sandwich and a cup of hot chocolate. I was cold by then. It is only less than 10 miles from the ferry stop in downtown back to the top of Mt. Soladad in La Jolla, so it isn’t too bad. Pretty fun day all around.

This morning I’m heading out with Don and Sue and meeting some guys at the Panikin in Encinitas. A friend of my from Denver, Phil Gronniger, is here and hopefully he’s gonna meet up too. Phil and I rode 90 miles on Tuesday and it was fun catching up.

I guess I’m going to go up and ride the Redlands 1/2 criterium on Sunday. I’d rather be doing something more epic, but that is all that is going on around here this weekend. Big Head Todd is playing at the Belly Up tonight in Solana Beach and we have tickets. Part of my New Year’s list was to watch more live music, so this is a late start to that.

Okay, below are some pictures of my day yesterday.

Kind of meandered my way around San Diego.

Kind of meandered my way around San Diego.

View from Mt. Solada in La Jolla looking North.

View from Mt. Solada in La Jolla looking North.

I rode by the glider port on Torrey Pines at the start.

I rode by the glider port on Torrey Pines at the start.

I didn't realize there was a wind tunnel in San Diego.

I didn’t realize there was a wind tunnel in San Diego.

Lots of cool old ships in the harbor.

Lots of cool old ships in the harbor.

This guy was pretty awesome down by the aircraft carrier.

This guy was pretty awesome down by the aircraft carrier.

Downtown San Diego has lots of new buildings.

Downtown San Diego has lots of new buildings.

Was a little off track when I came into Chula Vista the back way.

Was a little off track when I came into Chula Vista the back way.

But, downtown Chula Vista was nice.

But, downtown Chula Vista was nice.

I came upon this guy on the road up Imperial Beach.  I haven't seen one of these jerseys for a while.  It was real windy and he sat on me for a few miles.

I came upon this guy on the road up Imperial Beach. I haven’t seen one of these jerseys for a while. It was real windy and he sat on me for a few miles.

The Hotel Del on Coronado.

The Hotel Del on Coronado.

My bike on the ferry back to San Diego.  Still no bar tape.  I don't have the levers positioned right, or the sprint shifters either.

My bike on the ferry back to San Diego. Still no bar tape. I don’t have the levers positioned right, or the sprint shifters either.

The aircraft carrier from the ferry.  It is huge.

The aircraft carrier from the ferry. It is huge.

Dog walking last night up on Soladad.

Dog walking last night up on Soladad.

Bromont was pooped last night.

Bromont was pooped last night.

Phil Gronniger is renting a small house up in Carlsbad for a week.  He is riding pretty good this year already.

Phil Gronniger is renting a small house up in Carlsbad for a week. He is riding pretty good this year already.

12 thoughts on “Being a Tourist – Not Much of a Rest Day

  1. Jtaylor

    Steve, Big Head Todd is one of the best live bands I’ve had the pleasure of seeing. I’ve caught 4 of their shows over the years here in KC. The guys sound better live than on CD. Very jealous! Give us a write up on the venue and the show. Good Luck this Sunday at the Redlands.

     
  2. Fergie

    Carry an Allen Wrench set on the ride and make those tweeks during an ez ride day?
    How are those “sprint shifters” anchored?
    .. thanks for the cool pics of a cool ride..

     
  3. Robert E

    What a great ride and a great bunch of pics. I was stationed there in the 90’s and we would steam in and out of there q

     
  4. Robert E

    Not sure what happened there. ..we would steam in and out of there. They would let us keep a bike on the ship in port but would never let us take them on a deployment. Seeing the water front brings back a bunch of good memories. They used to have an annual base to base swim in the summer that was kind of a big deal. It was cool swimming next to some of those big ships. Glad you got to ride up the Silver Strand. Its like a different world out there and I would love to be there right now. Good luck in your race!

     
  5. Dog

    How do you like riding up to the top of Soledad from down in La Jolla? Not a bad little hill, eh?

     
  6. Skippy

    Like you i have not put Bar Tape on the ” Il Giro ” , as until i strip it in preparation for this Giro d’Italia i am saving the Pink tape . During the winter , there were several occasions , when the bike slipped out from under on icy mornings .

    Luckily it was not in place when hit ON a Roundabout , by someone who could not see a Cyclist ! When he stopped 50+M down the road , i tried to get those rushing to HELP , to gert the number . He drove away whilst they held me down ( for my Own good , they said )

    Having escaped with the usual skinning on the full RHS , i evaded the ” do gooders ” and got myself to the Local Polizei office . There after receiving Coffee & TLC , i started making what i thought was a useless report . During this time , in rolled the Driver of the offending vehicle . Because he cannot walk , he had no choice but to get his vehicle out of the traffic flow , but was decent enough to drive to the Polizei on the assumption that a report may have been made .

    Hard to find that after 17 seasons of ” Advocating for Para Sport ” , i get skittled by a ” Para Veteran ” , i shook hands and then continued home and still 3 days later am unable to sleep on the RHS , that being my usual bed position . Regardless of the damsage , i have been riding each day although the power output is somewhat restricted when trying to keep pace with thosefor whom i normally wait .

    Those of you that have no added ” LIKE ” to ” https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vision-ZERO-Worldwide/540123632761709 or https://www.facebook.com/LookSaveALifeArizona

    PLEASE SUPPORT TODAY !

     

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