Now, normally I try to take it easy on myself on Mondays. No appointments, no meetings, no interviews, but a good long workout. Mondays are NOT my favorite day – I like Saturdays. Saturdays where I don’t have to work like a demon hoping to catch up on all the stuff that got pushed along the track during the week until it falls into the weekEND.
A conflicting obsession of mine is to have the first appointment. No matter what, if you get the first appointment of the day you get the staff fresh (if maybe a tad sleepy) and on time. They can’t be ‘running late’ because it’s the first appointment of the day. This is true of mechanics, doctor’s offices, dentists, etc. I like the first appointment always, so when my mechanic – who was rightfully pissy with me because he was sitting on a $400 part for my car and I ran away to Colorado instead – wanted me to get the Rodeo in soon I took the first appointment uncharacteristically on a Monday.
So, I decided to make it work for me – I would do my bike ride while the truck was getting fixed.
So, once I turned over the keys, I mounted up and started pedaling through the airport. No kidding. The Santa Barbara airport is one of the smallest I’ve ever seen and the bike trails go right through it.
After you pass the tiny airplanes and the rental car return, you can hook up with my standard Obern trail, which is part of the Coastal Trail.
After that, I crossed the bridge and left the roadway to hop onto the trail. Gorgeous early morning sun and chilly! I wore full pants and a shirt with a windbreaker.
We’ve had some rain lately so the creeks are full-ish and things are green. Well, it’s always green here, just to varying degrees. We’re having a drought but it’s nothing like the droughts I’ve seen in Texas and New Mexico or Colorado.
The trail turns onto Goleta beach, which is still my favorite beach. The stranded sailboat has been removed and the beach is slowly gaining its sand back. Very nice of nature too fix all that after the storm.
This time, I did decide to take the long version of this ride. After all, the mechanics said it would take 2 hours and it took all that and a little more, so I had plenty of time. I continued down the trail …
Past the riding paddock – on the weekends there are kids trotting around this exercise ring but today the horses were quietly moving about, watching the walkers and bikers go by.
I turned into Hope Ranch, a lovely exclusive area with beautiful homes and wide lawns. *sigh* And passed their golf course. I know nothing about golf and care even less, but dang this is a beautiful expanse.
A few miles on, I turned out over the shore and could see the Channel Islands in the distance. The marine layer had cleared quickly today.
A mile or so further, and I turned onto Hendrey’s beach where I got to snack on some grapes, glug down water, use the restroom and watch the dogs play.
All in all, if you have to have a Monday, this is the way to do it.