Holiday Weekend

Pretty cold over the holiday weekend.

Saturday we rode in the big city to a favorite Japanese restaurant for lunch and then to try a new beer. Returned home in the dark.

Checking the mail upon our return home I had received my patch for completing the 2017 Coffeeneuring Challenge.

Sunday I went for a spin on the gravel as I was going stir crazy at home. After years and years of working and riding in the cold, I still haven’t got dressing for the cold figured out. I believe my biggest problem is that I sweat so easily even in freezing temps.

Monday we rode to my parents where we had taco bowls for our holiday dinner. Not visible is my basket filled with refried beans, guacamole, jalapenos and non dairy queso that we brought.

Was a good weekend.

Riding Santa Fe New Mexico

Our final day riding this trip was in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We stayed at a Holiday Inn Express on Cerrillos road which was just across the arroyo from the Arroyo De Los Chamisos trail. We rode this trail northeast to where it connects to the Santa Fe rail trail and then rode the Santa Fe trail south to within 2 miles of the trails end before turning around. The Santa Fe rail trail runs alongside a railroad and is paved in town and turns to dirt at the edge of town. On our return trip we rode the Santa Fe trail beyond where it connects with the arroyo trail to visit the Second Street Brewery which is right on the Santa Fe trail. After veggie pitas and a beer we headed back to our hotel making one more stop a mile shy of our hotel at the Blue Corn brewery.
It had rained hard the night prior to the ride but the arroyo which we rode/pushed our bikes across and the dirt trail were dry.
This was our 2nd time riding this trail, the first back in 2004.

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Riding Tucson Arizona Day 1

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express on Grant street right alongside the Diamond Street Loop trail.

Day 1 we rode South on the path to it’s end point where we turned around. We stopped downtown for lunch and beverages and spent some time exploring by foot before returning to our hotel. Around 20 miles total riding.
Lunch was a jackfruit torta and a hummus and veggie sandwich for Nova at Even Stevens. Pueblo Vida, Thunder Canyon and Borderlands were the breweries we visited.

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The day prior to this ride was a travel day and when we arrived in Tucson we drove through the Saguaro National Forest. After, we realized we could have ridden our bikes through the park which would have been fun. Here’s a Facebook Live video I did while there.

Bicycle Bar Tour And Cajun Food Dinner

Saturday we attended this annual event that is hosted by our friends. We ride to lunch and a few beverage stops before returning to our host’s home for a Cajun dinner. Despite the rain it was a great time as always.

New Years Day Potluck Dinner And Ride

Our bike club’s annual New Year’s day get-together. We met at our host’s house where we ate and socialized before going on a short ride. Lots of great food. I made butternut squash soup.
Happy New Year!

Not our host’s house but a near-by university building.

Food, Beverages And A Kia In The Arkansas

After a miserable week of holding up in the house fighting a cold I finally got out yesterday.

p1130564We rode in to the city for lunch and beverages.

img_4364Veggie pizza for Nova and veggie sandwich for me. Each of us tried new beers. Nova had ordered a Magic Hat hefeweizen but was served a Magic Hat #9 (not quite pale ale) instead. She thought it was ok. For me it was a Ballast Point, Victory at Sea (coffee, vanilla imperial stout) which both the ABV and IBUs were too much for my taste. Ballast Point’s Calm Before The Storm is a favorite of mine though.

p1130568On the ride back home we spotted this car in the river at nealry the same spot the above photo was taken earlier in the day. Upon our return home I checked local news sites to find no one was seriously injured in the accident.

Pedaler’s Jamboree 2016

Memorial weekend we attended our 4th Pedaler’s Jamboree which is a bike ride and party on the Katy Trail between Columbia and Boonville, Missouri. This year our Nephew joined us on the first day.

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Bicycle Bar Tour 2015

Friends of ours host an annual Bicycle Bar Tour and Cajun Fest which was yesterday. We meet at out hosts house and ride to get lunch. After lunch we ride to several bars before returning to our hosts house for a Cajun dinner they prepare. This year was the 21st annual although we”ve only participate the last few years. It”s a nice mix of great people, some of the regular bike bunch and others that probably haven”t ridden a bike since last year”s bar tour. It”s always a fun time and good food.

Some of the ladies at our lunch stop.We spotted this cowboy as we rode by the art museum.Dinner is served.In addition to this great food there is also jambalaya, red beans & rice, corn bread and more.

Feliz Cinco De Mayo

Out for a spin in the country today on this Cinco De Mayo.
Followed up my ride with a black bean, rice and avocado tacos on home-made tortillas.