Thursday, May 08, 2008

Overdue Farewell to Amy

I just got 2 emails from Amy saying she wishes she could be here to ride with us next Sunday. Actually, everytime I send invitations to local rides or riding blog reports from Marin and the Bay Area, I get emails from Amy now living in Colorado. Yes, my dear friend Amy always sends everyone big hugs and says she misses us and our rides. We miss her too... I was looking at the pictures from past rides and realized we did so many rides with Amy! I am so glad Amy asked me for chain lube some years ago when I was finishing a ride at China Camp with Joe. We actually went for a second ride just to ride with Amy. It was my opportunity to get another hot mama email for my email list!

Here is Amy at her farewell party

And here is Celia and Amy after one of so many rides in China Camp heading toward beers at Marin Brew Co.

Here is Amy and Steve drinking beer after a ride:

And yes, I promise besides the beer drinking we used to ride too. Here are Dolores and Amy somewhere in the mountains:

This picture is from last year's Turkey ride. We were quite a big group when we started:

The same day, from left to ride, this was the reduced group by the end of the Turkey ride: Mario, Celia, Amy, Dave, Lori and Alan.

I hope Amy comes and visit us soon. I miss not having anyone to pick on during the rides. I haven't been able to find a replacement for Amy, and I won't, because she will be always the only Amy.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Sunday April 27th Hot Mamas & Hot Papas Ride

Last Sunday April 27th, 12 of us gathered on time along San Pedro Rd near the guard booth. From left to right: Julio, Alan, Tom, Dolores, Beth, Cowboy, Dan, Chad, Liz, Leigh and Gary. Celia was taking the picture. (You can click on the pictures to enlarge the images). Justin, Michael and Eric joined us later on during the ride... so I guess we ended up being 15!!!!

Chad and Leigh went for a ride with Beth and Liz who wanted to take it a little easier. It was Beth's first time riding with us. Liz already had joined us a couple of times before. We hope they continue to show up on these rides. The rest of us went on directly to the top of the camp at the Nike site.

Below are Dolores and Dan on their climb toward the top of the camp.
And here is Alan followed by Gary.
It was a hot day, so we all gathered under the Nike antena platform for some nice fresh shady rest stop that probably lasted longer than the whole ride.

Here is one of the late comers, Michael, already enjoying the shady rest stop.
Here is Justin, another late comer with Julio and Dan in the background being the geeks they are. We had 4 tech geeks in the ride...

Julio and Dan with their Garmin GPS devices are the boy geeks.
And keep reading for the 2 girls geeks. In the meantime, here is a picture of the 3rd and last late comer, Eric the Fuzzy.
Okay, okay, let's go! Some were saying while others were still enjoying the shady rest stop.
Until the plan to drink beers at Marin Brew came along. Then we all were descending the fastest way to the cars!
And here we are , already at one of the Brew Co tables! And you can start guessing who are the other 2 geeks of the group? This time females....
Yeah, Dolores and Sally showing off their i-Phones! They did not talk nor interact with the people seating with them at the table. They were doing their own private i-Phone talk showing and comparing features of their electronic devices. Rude! Geeks!
We saw Joanmary and Joe with some riders they made at the trails. They were doing their own ride at China Camp. I took their emails and names but lost the little piece of paper where I wrote that info. Darn it! They may never find out I featured them on my blog.
Here is Joe showing his wounde arm to Sally. He crashed on his bike somewhere in China Camp.
On our way to the cars, after everybody was gone, Alan and Celia were cracking up and laughing at nothing and everything! That is what happens after session of non-politically correct jokes, in other words, the good ones!
And here is a final picture of Dolores, Tom, Sally and Celia before heading back home, very happy after a fun ride, good beer, great dinner and lots of laughing.