Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
No word from Cannondale today.
Quote of the day from a local woman: "I've lived in Nevada since 1934. I moved here when I was just 4 years old. It's a pretty state . . IF you know where to look."
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
We were both happy about the upcoming rest day, talking and laughing as I backed away from the campground office . . . right into a pole. I stopped quickly, started to pull forward, whoa!
The handlebar on my bike had grabbed onto the pole. Nevertheless, my bike appeared to be ok, and the car was ok. However Dick's bike frame was cracked in two places near the back wheel making it unrideable. Dick was pretty sure the frame might have already been cracked because his riding today had felt "funny."
We spent the afternoon calling bike shops in Reno and City Bicycle Works in Sacto (where we bought the bikes). Cannondale frames are guaranteed for life so Peloton Bicycles (not knowing about the backing-into-a-pole part) suggested bringing the bike to them, they would take pictures of the cracks, contact Cannondale and order another frame, then transfer all the other pieces and parts from the old bike to the new frame. City Bicycle Works was able to finally locate our invoice (they'd reversed my first and last name and had misspelled Dick's last name) and sent a copy to Peloton. If approved by Cannondale, a frame will be sent from Massachusetts, but we're not sure when yet. We made a rushed 60-mile drive to Peloton, getting there just before they closed.
So, we're stalled and unsure how long this is going to take to solve. Sigh. As you can imagine, I felt really bad, although Dick was really cool about the whole thing. On the way home, we stopped for a few groceries. I stayed in the car and sulked. Dick came back with groceries and flowers to cheer me up.
Total miles = 225
Monday, June 27, 2011
We exchanged riding duties in Genoa. I went on to Carson City, and met Dick at a shopping center. We had lunch and shopped for a few necessities, including a new tent. We've been using the same 3-person tent since 2004. I've (we've) put it up hundreds of times and it's served us well on threee bike tours totaling 18 months. And with a car, who cares what it weighs? so we upgraded to a relatively inexpensive 4-person tent.
The squirrels who thought we might feed them would scamper back to this log which we thought would be perfect for a children's book:
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Dick, however, was able to ride uphill at about 7 mph. I think that's amazing in these mountains. Silver Lake:
Saturday, June 25, 2011
We talked about the prospect of legalization, when marijuana first entered main stream culture (for me, it was 1966, first year at UCR), crop-growing being popular in this part of the Sierras. I asked if I could take his picture. "No." How about I just take a picture of your shirt? No face showing. "No. . . but my girlfriend can take a picture with your camera." Soon a car came and picked them up.
Our AC maps said you could camp behind the store/restaurant.
Friday, June 24, 2011
The rice crops in East Nicolaus have just started to show green above the waterline. By the time we get back, the harvest may have started.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
This is our fifth bike tour so we think it's pretty easy to get ready and we only gave ourselves today to do it. Some of the benefits of having the car will be an ice chest, two stacks of books, more clothes, and the bigger laptop. One of the best features is not having to ride "loaded". The car carries the gear, the bicycle rider carries one lightly-filled saddlebag.
Here are a couple of things that I get to leave behind! Hair products and the blow dryer. Only the comb goes on the trip.
Leave all the earrings and rings at home, just the small silver hoops.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Bring on the cabinet installers
Monday, June 20, 2011
The Maybeck Building at 1736 Stockton, an Alpine chalet-type office building designed in 1907 by Berkeley-based Bernard Maybeck:
Greenwich Street - the climbing begins: