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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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Claremont Wilderness Trail

 Cesar and I are getting stronger.  Our Claremont 1 Lap times are coming down.

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Lytle Creek Trail Network

 Today I rode with Emilio, Richard and Cesar. 

Thursday, November 23, 2023

GMR to Mt Baldy with a great friend

 Today Michael and I rode to Mt Baldy.  We have been friends for a long time and since moving away I don't get to see him much.  It's always a treat when he is in town.  

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Crazy Legs


Euro Cafe to GMR Shack and Back

Rode out from Euro Cafe this morning with George, Jose, Frank and Ryan.  On the way back we had coffee at Sweet Savory in San Dimas.

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Claremont Wilderness Trail and Some Single Track

 Tuesday we added single track to our regular Claremont Wilderness Trail ride.  There is an impressive network of single track behind Padua Park in Claremont.  Jose was our guide through the single track. 

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Catalina Island Gravel Adventure (Avalon to Two Harbors)

Embark on an enchanting Catalina Island getaway from the laid-back shores of Long Beach! Begin your journey at the charming Long Beach Catalina Landing located at 320 Golden Shore. The Catalina Express, a delightful ferry service, eagerly awaits at the terminal, ready to sweep you away on a picturesque 1-hour cruise across the Pacific to the captivating destinations of Avalon or Two Harbors on Catalina Island. For a hassle-free experience, secure your tickets in advance at the terminal or conveniently online at www.catalinaexpress.com. Keep in mind, though, that if you plan to bring your trusty bicycle, there's a small extra fee – something to consider when planning your travel. 

As you bask in the breathtaking coastal views during the ferry ride, anticipate the pleasures of Avalon. This town is synonymous with quaint shops, tempting restaurants, and inviting outdoor activities. Just a short boat ride from Long Beach, this island retreat not only promises stunning views but also the flexibility to bring your two-wheeled companion along, with a minor additional cost.

The journey from Avalon to Two Harbors on Catalina Island unfolds as a two-wheeled adventure through a diverse and stunning landscape. Covering approximately 26 miles of well-groomed fire roads with a moderate elevation change, cyclists are treated to a visual feast of coastal panoramas, passing through the island's unique ecosystems. Catalina's rugged terrain is adorned with various types of cacti and native vegetation, creating a picturesque backdrop to your ride. Pedal amidst free-roaming bison that add a touch of wildlife charm to the journey, unveiling small farms tucked into the island's heart, showcasing a blend of natural beauty and human cultivation. The consistently great weather adds unexpected elements like glimpses of Catalina's airport to the adventure. This cycling excursion seamlessly weaves together the island's diverse flora, fauna, and stunning views, promising an unforgettable experience for nature and adventure enthusiasts alike.

Keep in mind that a biking permit is required for this adventure. Easily obtainable online through the Catalina Island Conservancy's official website (www.catalinaconservancy.org) or in person at their office in Avalon, the permit not only supports conservation efforts on the island but also ensures a sustainable and enjoyable experience for all visitors. Plan ahead, secure your permit, and then pedal through the enchanting landscape, taking in the diverse cacti, native vegetation, and breathtaking views, making this Catalina Island bicycle excursion an eco-friendly and memorable adventure.

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