Ride a bike, share your experience and love. When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day's sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay's call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else's heart. ~Diane Ackerman

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

My Glendora Mountain Road - A hurried ride to beat the sunset

Today when I got to work I proclaimed, I am leaving at 4:30 pm. You see, if I leave at 4:30 pm, then I can make it to GMR, given little traffic, in about 40 minutes. This puts me on GMR at 5:15 pm and suited and riding at about 5:20 pm. At 5:20 pm I have more than enough time to make it to the maintenance shed.

For the record, I never leave work at our official closing time of 4:30 pm. Today, I would be in charge of closing up shop so I wanted to make sure everyone was done with their days work, so I could leave right at closing.

Today was extremely busy! The harder I worked, the more work was thrown my way today. I thought I'd never get done but I had a purpose and a major hankering to ride. Well at about 4:15 pm, I went into our work yard to pull in some pallets and park the forklift. Well the forklift wouldn't start and I had four heavy pallets to move! Long story short, I didn't leave the office until 5:00 pm. I raced to GMR and was riding at about 5:45 pm.

The ride was just what I needed and I was hoping to run into either Annette or Matt, GMR regulars. It was a quiet ride today with very little traffic (Except for a speeding Evo Lancer that scared the Sh$T out of me as it skidded and revved down the mountain).

I pushed a little harder than usual today and made it to the first saddle before resting. It was a nice ride, and at the saddle I was torn. Do I head to the maintenance shed or turn around? It was getting a little cold so I snapped this picture and headed back down.

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