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Carquinez Regional Park – Part Deux

This is the final ride in our exploration of parks near Crockett and Martinez (you can see the other two journeys here and here.) TBO and I always inadvertently use the steepest access points to the ridge — so there was definitely some hike-and-bike action today — but it’s worth it to see the breathtaking views of the green hillsides, Mt. Diablo and the Carquinez Strait. Then we took an easy post-ride jaunt along the new George Miller bike path, which TBO hadn’t ridden yet (he missed its former incarnation when the pavement was painted with graffiti and cracked and worn from the weather.)


Ride-On: Mixed Terrain Ride to Pelican Inn

‘Twas a spectacular day to ride the trails in Marin; with several days’ rain making the dirt nice and tacky, it was a perfect opportunity to ride to The Pelican Inn for lunch. Bridget, Daniel, Jason, John, Neil, TBO and myself met up at Mojo (where we saw Arena!), then took Bobcat to Marincello to Coastal. We bumped into our friend Justin (and dfL Todd) at the pub, and he tagged along for the ride back via Dias Ridge and Miwok (although a few of us skipped that part and dropped down to Mill Valley on the 1.) Good times!



2014 Davis Dart

This was my first year riding the annual “Davis Dart” organized by the Davis Bike Club! I corralled a team consisting of members from our weekly East Bay Wednesday night social-rando ride, “Ride to Eat”: Denise, Frankie (who unfortunately had to drop out at the last minute), Jason and Martin. We had a blast on our flat, fun course that began at 6AM in Martinez, wound through the Delta, traversed the American River Trail, then finished at Sudwerk in Davis. Thanks to Eric Senter and the DBC for putting together a terrific event, and high-five to my teammates for an awesome day!

Here’s a list of highlights:

Number of teammates in matching Oakland jerseys from Montano Velo: 4 out of 4 (thanks to Frankie for the idea!)
How many teams we saw at the start: 1 (Will Ride For Beer)
And how many teams we saw the rest of the day: 0
The total number of controls: 7
Amount of big-ass pumpkin loaves Denise had to carry for Jason: 1
Mind-blowing number of sausages eaten by Jason and Martin at our lunch control (LowBrau in Sac): 6
Number of pretzel buns vs. regular buns: 2-2
Bags of duck fat fries we nibbled on: 1/2 from our table neighbors, 1/2 of our own order
Number of ginger beers consumed: 3
How many times my camera decided to have a meltdown: 1
How many times I had to recharge my phone as a result: 2
Number of bridges we crossed: 9
Hours spent in the fog: 3
Miles spent on bike trails: 27
How many fucks given when a truck told us to ride single file when we were in a bike lane in Sac: 0
Number of times Martin’s Garmin got pissed at us when we missed a turn and went off-route: hella
Amount of happiness riding single track along the Sacramento River: infinite
City limit signs won by Jason vs. me: 8-5
How often we marveled at the scenery: non-stop
Number of happy randonneurs at the finish: too many to count
Total number of martinis consumed at Sudwerk: 2 (thanks to Eric W. for buying me 1!)
Number of beers consumed by other randos at Sudwerk: I can’t count that high
Shots of whiskey downed on the train back to Martinez: 1 (thanks to Steve H. for that one!)



Coffeeneuring Challenge 2014

Mary of Chasing Mailboxes launched another fun “Coffeeneuring Challenge” this year (see her blog for all of the details and rules, and in the fine tradition of randonneuring, there’s lots of rules!)

This was my first time participating, and it was great to share stories with other coffeeneurs (via Facebook) and ride with my fellow randos in search of good caffeinated beverages! I hope to participate again next year.

Coffeeneuring Ride #1: Scarlet City Espresso Bar (10/19)
Rode with Ann, Bryan, Denise and The Bearded One to Scarlet City in Emeryville for (my personal favorite) vegan cappuccinos, coffee and pastries, then a bike ride to Berkeley for beers at Pyramid!



Coffeeneuring Ride #2: Quick cuppa with TBO before I had to produce a video shoot today at Kilovolt Coffee in Emeryville! (10/25)


Coffeeneuring Ride #3: Fred’s Vintage Ride (and early birthday celebration) to Pt. Richmond! (10/26)
We got a late start but caught up with Jason and Paloma on the road. Then it was time for brunch at Little Louie’s and some exploring of the new (to us) Bay Trail section near the historic Red Oak Victory WW2 ship!



Coffeeneuring Ride #4 & #5: Post-Del Puerto Canyon 200k and Arbor Cafe (11/1 & 11/2)
Ann, Denise, Pudu and I all rode the DPC 200k. The finish was at a Starbucks in Pleasanton, and Ann, Jason and myself did a 2-mile out-and-back after our brevet so we get our ‪#‎coffeenneuring‬ ride in. Poor Pudu had crashed during his ride, so he valiantly rallied to do this final “recovery” ride afterwards to get his C5! While still nursing his wounds, he treated me to a cappuccino the following morning at Oakland’s Arbor Cafe before setting out to do his official C6 ride with Ann and Denise!


Coffeeneuring Ride #6: Denise & I rode 87 miles (an out-and-back permanent from Benicia to Winters with some bonus miles thrown in when we got temporarily lost), then did a short 2.5 post-ride jaunt to one of our favorite bakeries: Arizmendi. Had a slice of fresh sourdough pizza with hot tea! Highlight of the day: when we got off-course, we stumbled upon a roadside table with Fuyu persimmons for sale (4 for a $1!) — I would have bought more but alas, didn’t have any cash — so Denise was kind enough to buy me two. (11/8)


Coffeeneuring Ride #7: Challenge Complete! (11/9)
One of my favorite things to do on Sunday is go for a lazy bike ride to a delicious dim sum place. Jason met TBO & I in Berkeley for a feast at the Imperial Tea Court; it’s a high-end tea shop with a tranquil outdoor patio and zen garden. Then for dessert, we headed to Guerilla for more caffeine (cappucino + coffee) and chocolate-cherry-toffee-chip cookies!



I’m going to submit my results on this special “BREWSA” card I designed! :)

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