So, I have to admit that these long rides are fruitful for a number of reasons. First, I’ve finally started to drop some weight. It’s been a long and frustrating journey getting this weight off and these long rides are helping.
Last Saturday, I rode – with my camera slung across my body – for over three hours. The bike trails criss-cross this area like a web, but they pop out onto roadways frequently and so I have to figure out where to pick up the trail again often … this takes a bunch of checking the bike map, riding for awhile, watching for signs, and turning back often. It’s time-consuming, but once I find the path again I can keep going or stay on the road and reverse-engineer the route instead.
So, these are some photos from last week’s ride all the way from our house along the coastal route and down to Hendrey’s Beach.
I rode from ultra-sunny into mist over the university.
And back into full sun again.
And finally arrived at Hendrey’s Beach.
I had a little snack (I’ve discovered this is important or I get super dizzy – not good while riding)
I stopped to snap a photo of the leaves changing. The changing of the seasons – if you can call it that – is rather subtle here. There is Always something blooming, Always something dropping its leaves, and Always something green, so it’s hard to say when it’s a different season.
Then, it’s back along the trail again.
Past Goleta Beach (my personal favorite)
Then, it’s back through the university for a stop at Crushcakes – there’s my new bike!
And across the highway and back on the Foothill route past the farms near our house.
So, here’s what I’ve learned on these rides:
- Taking along my camera makes me look like a complete dork, but I don’t care.
- The scenery is usually great and snacks are a good idea.
- Having a really great bike makes a big difference.
- I’m starving after a ride and for at least a day and a half after – and the weight keeps inching slowly down.
- I know EXACTLY where my sit bones are because they hurt a lot for days afterward.
- I am still not a speedy rider because other riders in their slick gear pass me all the time and I don’t care.
- Riding this way is far easier than climbing a mountain.
So I’ll continue riding once a week or so and see where this takes me.