You know the saying a bad day on the bike is better then a good day in the office? Well, that saying is DEFINITELY true for me. As the end of the year draws near, I can't help but smile when looking back at the places I've gone and the people I've met while riding my Salsa bikes. To say I had fun would be the understatement of the year. I had a total blast pedaling through 2010!!!
My favorite moment on a bike this year, however, occurred while I was in Mill Valley, California with my husband Scott. We were there to attend a wedding celebration and we spent a few days before riding our bikes wherever, and whenever, we could.
One day in particular will never be forgotten. After an early breakfast I hopped on my Dos Niner and we were off. First we rode through Sausalito, where people were just starting to wake up. Let me tell you, the smells wafting around that town were amazing. It was a perfect mixture of water, fish, freshly baked pizza, coffee and a million other good things. It was very tempting to stop right there and have a second breakfast, but we kept going. Even though we had no particular route planned we wanted to ride all day!
After dodging tourists near the Golden Gate Bridge we soon found ourselves climbing along a trail that ran parallel to the coast. The climb was pretty grueling with zero shade and the sun beating down on us, but the breeze coming off of the ocean felt amazing. It was salty and refreshing at the same time. Every once in a while I would catch a glimpse of the ocean and would think I was near the top of the climb, but then there would be another turn and more climbing. Finally we reached the top and the views were totally worth it!
After soaking up the views and hours of up and down riding, we bombed down some hardpacked doubletrack to Muir beach, where we had lunch at an Irish Pub called The Pelican Inn. The rest of the day was spent pedaling around on roads that wound through Muir Forest and stopping for smoothies and coffee.
So there you had it, my favorite bike ride of 2010. There was no finish line sprint and none of the glory that comes with winning a big race (although I did beat my husband repeatedly when he would challenge me up the climbs), but the fun I had riding around on my Dos Niner with my husband chasing after me will never be forgotten.
I plan on sneaking in a few more rides outside before the year is over, but these will have no ocean backdrop. Instead I'm staring at snow, icicles and battling cold temps. But it's still fun and as always I'm happy to be riding my bike! Just not quite as comfortable as I was riding in California :-)
Thanks for reading along in 2010 and I hope to see you all on a trail sometime in 2011.
Happy New Year!