Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Simply perfect

I wasn't going to ride tonight, taper and all, but during the late afternoon I found myself caught up in a spiral of unproductivity and decided there's really only one way to break free of a spiral like that.

I only had time for the usual road climb, the one I do so often that I find myself racing myself ("Last time I reached the gate in 53 minutes. Have to hit sub-52 this time. Crank! Crank! Crank! Shoot, I'm under 8 mph again. Crank! Crank! Crank!") So, of course, I purposefully left my GPS watch at home. The weather was beautiful, 70 degrees and sunny. Of course, it's always sunny here. I have to scold myself for not appreciating the persistently blue skies more than I do, especially because I was sun-deprived in Alaska for so many years. But today I was genuinely grateful. The afternoon sunlight tinted the trees and pavement in rich, almost metallic colors, and there were vibrant summer flowers everywhere. How come I never noticed these along to road before? Oh yeah, because I'm usually going too hard.

Today, I just pedaled and smiled. It was simple in the most perfect way.


  1. Sounds like a perfect day. Your pictures are beautiful.

  2. glad you decided to ride or I wouldn't have seen these great shots

  3. what road is that?

  4. It's the Montebello Road, near Steven's Creek Reservoir. The pavement ends at a gate after five miles, so traffic is light and it's a fantastic climb (~2,500 feet.) An unmaintained gravel road continues toward the Steven's Creek Canyon trails and Page Mill Road.


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