Monday, February 19, 2007

Feb 11th, 2007 Celia's Birthday Headlands Ride

On Sunday February 11th, 13 friends showed up at my house with their bikes to ride with me on my 42nd birthday around the Headlands. Amy, Bill, Mike, Steve, Chris, Tara, Eric, Joe, Julio, Joanmary, Jerry, Nancy and a mysterious rider called Dave...

The age diversity of these group was awesome, from almost 70 to almost 20! Some came with downhill bikes, others with free ride bikes and the rest with cross country bikes. We all got together to ride, play, get safe and enjoy the mountains.

To see all the pictures Joe (thank you Joe for the pictures!), Sally and I took before, during and after the ride and during the dinner party, CLICK HERE and DON'T MISS THE PICTURE CAPTIONS!

Thank you to all of you that stayed for the whole ride! I know I promised an only 2 hours ride and it turned out a 5 hours ride... but only 3 hours were actual pedaling time. The loop was 18 miles with more than 3,700 ft of climbing.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

San Juan Trail, Orange County

Last weekend, I drove with Sally down South to participate on a leadership conference in Los Angeles, visit her family in Costa Mesa, Orange County and hook up with riders for a nice mountain bike ride around the area.

I asked Nancy Harris of Team NoBrakes, also known as the network queen, if she knew anybody organizing rides around Orange County. She immediately forwarded me an email from Mark Warrick of 3FBC riding club and also a network king, announcing a ride around the San Juan Trail.

Thanks to Nancy's connection I was able to ride a first class 18-mile singletrack cross country loop around the mountains close to San Juan Capistrano in Orange County, and get to know four awesome riders: Mark, Ken Purdy, Dave Reffert and Geof Sanberg.

And of course, after a 5-hour fun ride, we all went (minues Ken who had to go to family duties) to the local pub for beers and pizza where Sally and Geof's wife (oops I forgot her name! shame on me because she is cool) joined us afterwards. Click here to see the pictures.

I hope to ride with them again soon when I go back to visit or when they come to visit the Bay Area! Click below to check the stats and the map at the MotionBased site:

Map of San Juan Trail Orange County