Saturday, February 8, 2014

Ride Day 159 Carlsbad to San Ysidro

I did not count my ride to Carlsbad as a days ride cause it was too short. I stayed with my friend, Jeanne, for the night and enjoyed my stay with her. We talked about her kitchen remodel and of course bike touring while we grilled some steaks for dinner. I enjoyed the night. The next morning we rode together to downtown San Diego. The ride was in perfect riding weather with a light breeze pushing us along. The ride is not too tough as it meanders along the beautiful Southern California coast except for Torry Pines grade which is a bit of work on a loaded bike. We did the long grade with no worries. Jeanne was a perfect guide taking me on all the best shortcuts to avoid traffic or to see good sights. She sure beats my garmin all to hell. Wish she was riding with me down South. We had an early lunch in San Diego when we arrived. After a short discussion about eating Mexican food in Old Town San Diego where it was predictable average food or taking the chance and winging it along the street we chose winging it. We were both risk takers I guess. Jeanne spotted a taco sign and we headed over to it. There was a very friendly San Diego Firefighter waiting for his food when we arrived and he raved about this restaurant being the best in the area. It was fun talking to him. We ordered our food and yes I did like it. I would promote it here but I forgot the name of it. I get that sometimerz more and more often these days. Soon it may turn into full blown alzheimer's. Such is life. We parted ways in downtown and Jeanne returned home and I continued riding south. I had planned on staying at KOA campground but I found a hotel for $39 a night that looked ok so for the extra $3 I went with that instead, Knight's Inn in San Ysidro and it seems fine to me and is a better value than camping. I did my laundry in the hotel and then ate some more fish tacos that were good before I bailed for the day. a few pics

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Go to my new blog

I am currently not posting to this blog until I finish my bike ride that I have already started. I made the bike riding blog only bike riding posts and when my ride is over I will return to posting here on this blog. To see the bike blog go to:

Saturday, March 16, 2013

New Bike blog

I took my bike riding part of the blog and made it a separate blog. I am getting ready to leave on another cross country ride soon this time across the Northern tier of states. I will add my daily blog to the new blog with a few updates to this blog about my ride and about anything non bike related will also stay in this blog. The new blog is: I was asked to do this because some of the directories want a more focused topic for their blogs than what this blog has been. Thanks for reading my blogs and feel free to share them with your friends. PURAVIDA

Monday, February 4, 2013

starting to prep for 2013 ride

I am starting to prepare for my bike ride up the West coast to Seattle where I will turn right and take the Northern tier over to Maine and then go down the East coast. I have ordered the maps from Adventure Cycling Association. I bought a new sleeping bag. I found the mummy shape to be uncomfortable on my last ride. My legs would get restless after long rides and the mummy shape restricted my movement too much. In the warm weather which I will be in most of the time the mummy was also too warm for me. When I go over the mountain passes where it is colder, I can just wear my sweats at night to keep warmer and I will get by without the hot mummy bag. I still need to get a new sleeping pad also. A few more cooking pots and pans are on my list too so that I can eat better and cheaper on this trip cooking more food myself. I ate too many cans o soup and stew last year just because it was easy to open a can and heat it up on my stove. I need to improve that diet this time. I plan on leaving in April so I have less than three more months to get ready. My body weight is already high again even though I have been riding almost three hundred miles a week weather permitting. I just put new tires and tubes on the bike also. Marathon Plus tires again and heavy duty tubes. That combination slows me down a tad but it is worth going a bit slower and not getting flats. They are a bit tough to fix when there is a flat but such is life. My health still sucks. I am healthier on my rides than I am living in one place maybe because I only do about half the mileage when I live someplace. I also have been overindulging in food and beer so that does not help things. I will update again in a few weeks.