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, August 26, 2021

GMR Shack and Back plus a little more

GMR to clear the mind and lungs

Tuesday day night I couldn’t decide on where I was going to ride on Wednesday morning. There is Les’ CC Wednesday ride in Rancho Cucamonga. Les’ CC ride is great. Les has been leading this ride for a number of years and the people who show up are always nice and welcoming. Les takes us all over Claremont, Rancho, Fontana, San Bernardino and the neighboring cities.

I could do the Wednesday ride or there is always Glendora Mountain Road. If I leave early enough, the weather will be cool and GMR will be mostly all mine to enjoy. GMR is a great place to just ride and take in the mountain and fresh air. It’s an escape from the city and it's chaos.

I went to bed still unsure which ride to do so I “slept on it” and figured by the time I wake up, I’ll just get up and ride. If my bike takes me east, its Les’ ride, if I go west, well that’s GMR.

West!, my bike took me west. Heading up GMR the road was mostly empty except for a couple cyclists. Zero cars passed me on the way up and I got in my zone and pedaled up and up until I was at the shack. On the way down, a number of cyclist, including Scott P were making there way up. I think I waved or said hi to all of them as I made my way down the mountain. GMR puts me in such a good mood.

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