Saturday, December 3, 2016

Disappointed With the Wind

Well, even though the forecast said 7 mph winds, I was still expecting 40 or so ha ha! Didn't happen!

But like always, the threat of wind scares off most of the cyclists. Only the hardcore were out there today willing to battle the wind. I saw Bad Bob, The Legend with his usual 4 finger nose salute! Mark, and a couple of River Velo dudes.

A rider on the forum was talking about getting a wind aided ride to the coast today. I didn't really feel it much. It seemed to be a headwind heading toward Imperial, then a headwind heading back to the coast. With the exception of a 2 or 3 miles section near Warner, I sure didn't feel much aid heading out ha ha!

But I sure felt the headwind heading back inland ha ha! But still managed 40 solo miles at a decent 17.0 MPH average.

                           Not very often you see the trail this empty. More kites than people on the beach and nobody else around but a bike and some sand ha ha!




Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Really Really Dark Out Here !!!

Local cruise this evening. 12 miles with 1,053 ft of gain. Just a nice cool ride to stretch the legs. But it was really dark out here!

                    A short video later so you can see how dark it is out here ha ha!




                                               Close up of my face, no flash! a bit dark I think!


The flash!


The front lights


Heading down Euclid, about 25-30 MPH.


Sunday, November 27, 2016

When IT Rains, I Play My Guitar

Yeah, got lazy and felt the chill so I ended up meeting my brother at the parent's house for a little jam session ha ha!

No practice so it's hard to get the voices down, the starts, the endings etc. So we just played a few tunes and recorded them. A couple songs are so high it seemed like Mickey Mouse was singing ha ha!

Revolution, I know there is supposed to be 2 riffs but my brother said one so it seemed like and empty space for a second there ha ha!

Changed stuff here and there just to get the song out. On one song I got a copyright notice from youtube so that's a good thing, right?!

















Friday, November 25, 2016

Post Thanksgiving Ride & Freaking Homeless People are a Danger

47 miles today at 16.8. I called it Day After Thanksgiving Sail on my logs ha ha! Cause that is what it felt like today, riding into the headwind with a sail. I gave it my all but wasn't going anywhere. I  did a much easier ride last week at a much lesser effort and had nearly the same average speed. Sucked but hey, I got in my ride!

Not many bikinis out today as I went tot he pier. But there were some hotties! Not sure about other stated but they are here as it nears Winter. We're so spoiled in SoCal  ha ha!

Got one hottie on the bike heading the opposite way. She gave a big smile to the recorder. I thought she did but once I got home and viewed the footage, yeah she did. This gal loves the camera ha ha!

As far as the homeless? Geot damn! How much can they get away with? Will it take a cyclists getting seriously hurt before the city/county/ whoever does something about the problem?

Today I was heading down the underpass next to the Honda Center. All kinds of crap on the trail, man on left side, man on right side and a big dog in the middle of the lanes, WTF! I got cited in my own front yard, fenced yard when I let a dog out to pee. They yard enclosed by a good sturdy fence all around but I got cited because the gate was not properly secured. Unbelievable! Today I encountered 3 unleashed dogs on the trail at homeless camps.

Unfreakining believable! Must be nice not to have any rules or laws to follow! I swear, today there were local thugs hanging out at the camps smoking weed openly like nothing! Nice!

                                                   The good and the bad video! :-P









Thugs hanging with the homeless smoking dope (right side) 


Big dog and 2 men blocking trail, and a bunch of SHIT! One man not in pic, left side




Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday With Aimee

44 miles at 16.6 average. Supposed to be an easy ride today but man, with the stiff headwind it was hard work! It was push hard or fall down ha ha! Aimee has been on vacation so I planned an easy pace today.  My legs were still toasty after yesterday. I figured 16 would be good but once we went inland and back to the coast (32 miles) I was at 16.1. Perfect! With the tailwind we would easily end up at 16.3 or so.

But !! At the coast we ran into this couple. For the life of me, I can never remember their names. Aimee and I started back then they caught us so we lifted the pace a little more than we planned. I was worried about Aimee not having been on the bike for a while but she was able to hang tough at a faster pace than I planned. Pretty good on Aimee cause I know if I take one week off the bike, I really suck ha ha!



                                                                              Aimee


Birds were really friendly today!


Man, I really wish these people treating the homeless to goodies would  be more careful and take charge of keeping everybody safe. I'm thinking sooner or later, one of these organizations is going to get sued after a cyclist gets hurt. They encourage the homeless to gather, blocking the trail, walking across aimlessly putting cyclist in danger. This is a smaller gathering compared to most. The larger gatherings is where the homeless park their bikes across the path in both directions and flock the trail. But it seems none of the orgs have enough sense to see that there are many cyclists traveling by on the trail. Heck, last week I saw a couple of the volunteers playing catch football along the trail. OK, the 50 cyclists you just saw roll by  isn't a hint that maybe you shouldn't be blocking the trail ???

I don't know, I feel no sorrow for the homeless. Heck, they've busted up the door handles and locks at the Honda Center restroom. Today, somebody got some messy crap and smeared it all over the inside to two toilets. Must be nice, have everybody provide for you and have no responsibilities and damage whatever you like and not have to worry about being held responsible!  :-(




Saturday, November 19, 2016

Almost Solo !!!

46 miles @ 18.0 average.

Had a chance to ride solo today so I went for it! I did the 46 alone till I got to the coast. There I had a 17.4 average so I was pretty happy with that. Figuring and hoping there would be a tail wind, I was thinking I could get at least a 17.7 or 17.8.

But Joaquin showed up at the beach stop and pretty much insisted on riding back with me. So we took turns at the front for that 10 mile stretch back to Edna Park where he starts and ends his 20 mile ride. I figured he would have fresher legs compared to mine doing a shorter ride. I think at one point, maybe 8 miles back I started feeling kind of tired. I told him he could push on alone if he wanted but he refused so we stayed together.

We did some pretty even turns at the front but as soon as we left the coast, we passed some dude. He hopped on so I figured he would take his turns at the front, but he didn't! Every time I finished my pull, he would back off and leave a space. I gave him the look a few times. Ya know that, "you're a cheeseball!" look! He didn't care, he was happy to sit back there and offer up nuthin'! We did drop him a few times on the little climbs so maybe he felt he wasn't strong enough to help. He'd catch up once we leveled out. The dude didn't even try to take my wheel after Joaquin dropped off. I'm pretty sure he knew I would call him to the front or cuss him out ha ha!

I was getting tired by the time we got to Edna. But on the last stretch I got up front and gave it one last good push! I pushed so hard, snot came out of my nose ha ha! But it was a good stretch of work with Joaquin.

I did see Bad Bob crossing paths near the coast. He probably didn't recognize me being solo. He likes to swerve into our lane at times and give us a little teasing scare. Today it didn't seem he recognized me so I swerved into his lane today. I think I may have got him today, payback ha ha!

                                               My story and I'm sticking to it!


Joaquin.


This is what you get when you ask for a smile!


Gina says this is my best side. I'm guessing that's why she calls me butt face all the time!


Helmet Hair!






Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Man it is Dark Out There!

Now these are night rides now that the time has changed. But very refreshing and exhilarating! Heck, makes me want to do an night ride up GMR. Well tonight was a nice ride, really felt good! I actually did 3 times up to 24th street and each time my legs felt good. Hopefully they are coming back.

15.8 miles with 1,260 ft of gain. Nice little ride. Of course getting out of traffic is a bit nerving but once I am above Baseline, it's pretty cool. Second and third time up I hardly saw any traffic. But I do my best to be seen.

2 rear red blinkies, 2 headlights, and the two tri color ankle bands for side traffic. I do encounter a lot of side traffic at the 4 way stops but drivers are always courteous letting me go first. I think it really helps when you actually make complete stops. Heck, sometimes you want a break and don't get one cause the drivers wave you through. Can't say no as there are usually 4 or 5 waiting on you ha ha! Oh well, at least I know they see me at the 4 way stops in the dark of night!

Stupid cell phone cameras. Can't ever get a clear shot cause the cells are too tall and awkward. Trying to push that silly button!