Hawkes Bay NZ Water trail

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Santa Rosa Road near Buellton

At bike leadership training occasionally we get recess and do a little ride.'

Monday, March 31, 2014

Mission Santa Inez

To check that I've reassembled the bike correctly I've ridden back into Solvang to eat my lunch at this historical landmark. It's a breezy and sunny day, the vineyards are starting to leaf out and the fields and mountains are spring green.
This is the miracle of California.

Plus, added bonus, I appear to have attached my pedals to the correct side of the crank arms.
That's also miraculous in my book.

Breakfast in Danish Disneyland

A nice place for pastry and coffee in Solvang. Now back to camp to reassemble the bike. I needed to let the dew dry out on the grass before I pull the cardboard box out of my rental car.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Buellton's landmark

I've just made camp at an RV Park here in Buellton, and gone out for dinner. Pea soup at Andersen's, which I realize I visited in the early 1980s.
It's going to be cool and clear tonight so this is just the ticket after negotiating LAX with my boxed bike and driving a rental car in stop and go traffic up HWY 101.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Galloping Gertie from Amtrak approaching Tacoma

The bridge with the green tower is the famous engineering failure from the 1940s. You get some lovely views of Puget Sound from the Cascadia train from Portland to Seattle. My bike is tagged and riding up front in the baggage car. I'm using my titanium road bike this trip, so it's so easy to hand it up to the baggage car staff. It costs $5 extra to reserve one of the 20 spots on this train, so I don't have to box the bike and this round trip cost only $58.
I like trains. Since 2011 I've been on the Ghan to Darwin and back, the Indian Pacific from Perth to Sydney and the Overlander from Adelaide to Melbourne in Australia. 2 Christmases ago I did the Cairns to Kuranda day trip. Last year it was various Deutschebahn trains in Germany, the SNCF in France, and the Eurostar through the Chunnel from Paris to London.

Tomorrow I fly to California to train as a bike tour leader. I packed my touring bike for air travel before I left for this conference. I hope I can fit it easily into a rental car as I have to get to Buellton for the course, then back by Friday to attend a faculty meeting before spring quarter starts the following Monday. The logistics are definitely a puzzle.

A nice thought from Portlandia

The weather has been challenging, sun breaks interspersed with downpours. I spent Saturday morning revisiting the waterfront, buying a catnip toy at the Saturday market and marveling at the crowd outside Voodoo Doughnuts. I'll have to leave my bacon and caramel frosted sample for another time.
Portland would be worth a return bike trip when it's a little drier.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Much better: Tasty n Alder

>>>> After dodging Portland streetcar tracks in the killer wet and road construction forcing into non bike lane streets, I'm cold wet and ravenous. Hmm. Look at that, a restaurant packed with people eating brunch type food. There's no menu in the window, so I trust my instincts. I sit at the window with a young couple from New York. The man is dressed in an interesting manner, checkered shirt the color of a bluebird, bow true and a twenty dollar bill pined to his lapel. They proceed to tell me this place is famous and they always eat here whenever they come. Not sure if that means much, but I order the right thing a chorizo omelette with poblanos and quest fresco. My instincts for food are uncanny. Plus this will cost the same as the stuff from the good truck.
Let it rain.