RR: a couple of riversomething parks

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  1. Gabrielle

    Gabrielle Guest

    The weather was a bit uncertain, but I'd been planning my getaway for about a month and a half and I
    wasn't going to let a little rain stop me. Penny and I figured if the weather truly sucked (like,
    hailing) we'd do something else (like, sewing).

    So I loaded a couple of my sewing machines and my new bike in the car and headed Up Nawth. Sure
    enough, when we woke up Saturday morning it was cold and foggy. Oh, and raining sideways. We decided
    we'd wait until the afternoon and maybe it would burn off. It was a good choice: after a stop at the
    garden show, the fog was gone, the clouds had lifted, and the rain had settled down enough that we
    wouldn't be soaked and frozen within 30 seconds of getting out of the car. (Laugh if you want. I can
    deal with cold, rain, _or_ wind, but not all 3 at once. Makes me cranky, it does.)

    Piled on the clothes, loaded up the bikes, and hit River[side|front] park. Penny had been scaring me
    with these 12 mile RRs of hers this early in the season. Not for me, no ma'am. I have ridden all of
    about 30 miles in the past 6 weeks. She made me do it anyway. :D Much to my surprise, I didn't keel
    over from exhaustion, and Penny didn't keel over from boredom of riding with The Slow Girl. It's
    spring here in the Northern Hemisphere, and I was absolutely enchanted to see my favorite
    wildflower, bluebells, all along the trail entrance. I get such a "flower buzz" from being outside
    at this time of year that it tends to distract me from matters at hand, like where my weight is
    supposed to be when I'm climbing. The new bike has a smaller frame than I am used to, and I was
    never that good at climbing to begin with, so I am back to square -10.

    The park is criss-crossed with a veritable maze of fireroads and singletrack. The first section we
    rode dropped down along the river through ponderosa forests carpeted with balsam. So much for the
    weather report: we had sunshine and white puffy clouds the rest of the afternoon. We climbed back up
    away from the river, crossed a fire road, and started playing on some singletrack sections around
    and over a small ridge. It was the perfect first "real" ride of the season--enough little technical
    stuff to get my attention, but no serious penalties for screwing up; enough climbing that my legs
    were burning but not cramping; beautiful scenery; and lots of those cute little ground squirrels.

    When I started flagging, we hit the fireroad and headed back through a burned section of the forest
    to the car. A couple of hours later, I was stuffing myself on Penny's specialty pad thai. Yummy!
    What a perfect day.

    Sunday morning, no clouds, awake at 6:30 am. The sun comes up earlier up there. Penny suggested we
    take a spin around town, so we packed up the kid and the bikes and headed downtown to investigate
    the (other) River[front|side] park. Not only is the park really cool, the trails have a whole lane
    marked "Wheels only, no pedestrians". I love it! We rode around checking out the various bridges,
    islands & waterfalls, and Penny and her son did a little "urban assault" riding on a curved series
    of short flights of stairs. Son interpreted mom's advice to not use his front brake as "don't use
    any brakes" and came down the stairs quite a bit faster than he was really ready for and bailed on
    the next-to-last section. I think he would have made it if he'd been going a bit slower. I have some
    wonderful photos of Penny looking rico-suave on the stairs but unfortunately they are only in my
    head. We forgot to put the memory card back in the camera. :p We rode around dodging marmots and
    geese for a little while longer, then headed out.

    All in all, a lovely weekend and a great start to the season for me!

    gabrielle
     
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  2. Shaun Rimmer

    Shaun Rimmer Guest

    gabrielle <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > The weather was a bit uncertain, but I'd been planning my getaway for about a month and a half and
    > I wasn't going to let a little rain stop me. Penny and I figured if the weather truly sucked
    > (like, hailing) we'd do something else (like, sewing).

    <snipped some!>

    > All in all, a lovely weekend and a great start to the season for me!
    >
    > gabrielle

    Cheers Gab, fun read! Glad ya had some good ridin' ',;~}~

    Shaun aRe
     
  3. Martees

    Martees Guest

    "gabrielle" <[email protected]> wrote a cool RR in message
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    Gabrielle,

    Nicely done. It sounds like you guys had a great day (except for the Cucumber lime salad Penny
    wrote about :p). Those are the kinds of days that stay with you during the long winter breaks.

    Thanks for the RR.

    Marty
     
  4. Penny S.

    Penny S. Guest

    Martees wrote:
    > "gabrielle" <[email protected]> wrote a cool RR in message
    > news:p[email protected]...
    >
    > Gabrielle,
    >
    > Nicely done. It sounds like you guys had a great day (except for the Cucumber lime salad Penny
    > wrote about :p). Those are the kinds of days that stay with you during the long winter breaks.
    >

    I'll remember to point to the box of cheerios for you next time I do a Thai extravaganza:

    cucumber salad:

    sliced cukes, small bit red chile paste, diced garlic, tablespoon fish sauce, 3 tablespoons lime
    juice... serve immediately.

    Penny
     
  5. Penny S.

    Penny S. Guest

    gabrielle wrote:
    >
    >
    > The park is criss-crossed with a veritable maze of fireroads and singletrack. The first section we
    > rode dropped down along the river through ponderosa forests carpeted with balsam. So much for the
    > weather report: we had sunshine and white puffy clouds the rest of the afternoon. We climbed back
    > up away from the river, crossed a fire road, and started playing on some singletrack sections
    > around and over a small ridge. It was the perfect first "real" ride of the season--enough little
    > technical stuff to get my attention, but no serious penalties for screwing up; enough climbing
    > that my legs were burning but not cramping; beautiful scenery; and lots of those cute little
    > ground squirrels.
    >

    here she is... on the new Orange Pumpkin or Tangerine Dream, can't remember which. We were too busy
    riding to take many photos. (one)

    www.specialtyoutdoors.com/images/gabrsweb.jpg

    One she gets comfortable on the new ride -upgrade from classic rigid to light HT with disc brakes
    and more agressive geometry... she's gonna be rockin'.

    penny
     
  6. Zilla

    Zilla Guest

    "Penny S." <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Martees wrote:
    > > "gabrielle" <[email protected]> wrote a cool RR in message
    > > news:p[email protected]...
    > >
    > > Gabrielle,
    > >
    > > Nicely done. It sounds like you guys had a great day (except for the Cucumber lime salad Penny
    > > wrote about :p). Those are the kinds of days that stay with you during the long winter breaks.
    > >
    >
    > I'll remember to point to the box of cheerios for you next time I do a
    Thai
    > extravaganza:
    >
    >
    > cucumber salad:
    >
    > sliced cukes, small bit red chile paste, diced garlic, tablespoon fish sauce, 3 tablespoons lime
    > juice... serve immediately.
    >
    > Penny
    >
    >

    Didn't you forget the vinegar? We used to eat this as our version of a pickle (I was born/raised in
    the Philippines, Air Force brat).

    --
    - Zilla (Remove XSPAM)
     
  7. Martees

    Martees Guest

    "Penny S." <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Martees wrote:
    > > "gabrielle" <[email protected]> wrote a cool RR in message
    > > news:p[email protected]...
    > >
    > > Gabrielle,
    > >
    > > Nicely done. It sounds like you guys had a great day (except for the Cucumber lime salad Penny
    > > wrote about :p). Those are the kinds of days that stay with you during the long winter breaks.
    > >
    >
    > I'll remember to point to the box of cheerios for you next time I do a
    Thai
    > extravaganza:
    >
    >
    > cucumber salad:
    >
    > sliced cukes, small bit red chile paste, diced garlic, tablespoon fish sauce, 3 tablespoons lime
    > juice... serve immediately.
    >
    > Penny
    >
    >

    Hahaha.

    Something about cucumbers.................

    Cheerios sound good!

    Marty
     
  8. Bill Wheeler

    Bill Wheeler Guest

    On Sun, 27 Apr 2003 22:06:35 -0700, gabrielle <[email protected]> wrote:

    [snip nice RR]

    >All in all, a lovely weekend and a great start to the season for me!

    What season? You mean MTB season or Spring season?

    Every season is MTB season you know. C'mon get with the program.

    >
    >gabrielle

    Glad to hear you and Penny had a good ride.

    I like the "no pedestrian" bit....must be nice.

    Peace, Bill The mind serves properly as a window glass rather than as a reflector, that is, the mind
    should give an immediate view instead of an interpretation of the world.
    :-]
     
  9. Gabrielle

    Gabrielle Guest

    On Thu, 01 May 2003 18:58:18 -0700, Bill Wheeler wrote:

    > On Sun, 27 Apr 2003 22:06:35 -0700, gabrielle <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > [snip nice RR]
    >
    >>All in all, a lovely weekend and a great start to the season for me!
    >
    > What season? You mean MTB season or Spring season?
    >
    There are two seasons here: ski season, and everything else season.

    > Every season is MTB season you know. C'mon get with the program.

    :D Sadly that is not the case here. Too wet Oct - [May|June|July]. Not only do I not like being
    cold + wet, there's that whole trail destructo thing. And those wood bridges are scary enough when
    they're dry; when wet they downright paralyze me with visions of slipping off into the drink.

    > I like the "no pedestrian" bit....must be nice.

    It was extremely pleasant, actually. More bike paths should have that.

    If I wasn't so wiped out from this week at work I'd head back up there again. ;)

    gabrielle
     
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