Saturday, May 30, 2015

Sunny Day - Long Ride

It was a day of catching up and saying good bye to my friend, John. His plan is to help those in need in the third world. His ability to power up to the shed on his Fixie will be missed.

Joan waited for me at the shed. I was a bit late as I took photos. The bugs were out in full force. I swatted one biting me on the hand through my glove! Joan was ready to head down, while I ventured forth.  Mike joined me on the ride to Glendora Ridge Road mile marker 4 - the Point of No Return.
The view from Fork plus four shows Glendora Ridge Road mile marker six turnout in the background.
The view from Glendora Ridge Road mile marker 8.3. It was a warm day and the lesson I learned was to use chilled water in the water bottles. Last week it was cloudy and chilly. This week it was sun, sun, sun.
The view never gets old.
I passed Norris on the way up to Glendora Ridge Road 8.3. He joined me on the down hill. And admired the view over the edge at mile marker 6.2.
His friend Leslie, caught up with us as we took photos.
The mental comfort of having others close by meant keeping up.  I did well on the hot ride up to Fork Plus 4 and didn't stop until the shed. I rode back to the shed with Leslie and Norris. It was a good break to catch my breath slug some water and polish off the snack.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Wednesday Night Ride

Wow. I saw Jason on the road last night. Then Travis and Steve Y. Passed me by. Lots of people on the road. Now where did I put my water.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wednesday evening ride.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Monday Night Ride

Monday Night Ride is back with the power of three. Heather, Joan and myself rode up the road in the cool cloudy evening. The surprise fun was catching Steve I., Jayden and Adam on their mountain bikes. Adam who has two months of biking flew up the hill. A born climber.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

A moment in the sun

Stage 7 of the Amgen Tour of California from Ontario California to Baldy Village stretched out for a grueling 80 miles with 13,000 feet of climbing on a cold grey May day. There was 30 seconds of sunshine and warmth. We soaked it all up and wanted more.

Julian Alaphilippe a French rider on the Etixx Quickstep team raced up the mountain as if it were flat to triumphant finish at the ski lifts of Baldy village with snow along the way. His two second lead over Peter Sagan earned him the yellow jersey. Alaphilippe is third in the photo wearing the white jersey of the Best Young Rider. Fourth in the photo is Laurens Ten Dam of the Lotto NL-Jumbo Team.  Peter Sagan wore  the yellow jersey of Best Rider overall in the general classification. Sagan is in the sixth position

The first pass on Glendora Ridge Road. The professional cycling photographer, Brian Hodes.

Bill captured the peloton on Glendora Ridge Road. Peter Sagan sported a Tinkoff Saxo Bank Team  jacket (solid yellow). The red on his shorts helps identify him. Mark Cavendish was a few riders back in the Green Points Jersey.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Summit for Hope 2015

Hike Mt. San Antonio (Mt. Baldy) 10,069ft or 3,069m to support the Heart of Africa Cause and Project Canaan in Swaziland.

Please join us on the hike and/or support our fundraising efforts which will benefit the Children's Homes, School, Agricultural Development and Training Programs on Project Canaan in Swaziland.
 Hiking Registration:

 The goal of the California Event is to raise $50,000. Last year we raised ~$60,000.

It is simply amazing to see how far we have a short time and the huge difference Project Canaan is making in the Lives of many in Swaziland. We are on the road to become self-sustainable, but need your help to get there. To learn more, go to:

 Donations and Fundraising:
 Please create your own fundraising page on crowdrise or support an existing participant/team.
 Or if you prefer to send a check, payable to: Heart for Africa, Memo: "S4H-CA 2015" to:
Heart for Africa P.O. Box 1308  Roswell, GA 30077


The mountain road provides an escape from the world. Its curves that wind through oak trees worn by time with branches that reach for sky and deep roots that soak up the scant rain. It is the solitude that focuses the mind on the body while putting aside the worries. It is the joy of pain from pedaling your bike and discovering the grind is faster than before.
it is escape from worries. Escape from stresses. Escape from life. A challenge for the body to overcome the elevation. A challenge for the mind to overcome mental worries. A challenge for the soul to strive improvement.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Tour of California is coming

I bike for pie.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The next best thing to being on the mountain is to sip some tea.

Friday, May 1, 2015

View from Newmans

Bill enjoyed the view at Newman Point. A spectacular day.