RT @triathletemag: Windy and cool in town in Kona. It’s going to heat up, but will the winds stick around? #IMKona
Tinseltown, Hollywierd, LA LA Land… a few of the many loving references to our nation’s second largest city, Los Angeles. At one time, this megaopolis was home sweet home. Five glorious and action packed years in the late 90′s. I made my return to the Sunset Strip recently. My head spun with memories as I passed each personal landmark. The Viper Room, House of Blues, Bel Air Hotel, and….. the apartment we stayed in the first weekend we landed in L.A. with our cars packed with all that we owned. That was almost fifteen years ago and my friend Randy and I are still in the Golden State. Things are quite a bit different now but what a time that was. Prior to leaving Minnesota, I had saved $5K by working two jobs and living with mom and dad. In addition, I had secured an unpaid internship in Beverly Hills at ICM, Inc., one of the world’s largest talent agencies. Ever seen Swimming With Sharks with Kevin Spacey? I lived that for a bit. The Hollywood set seemed a tad different from the Dayton, MN set. It felt as if I had moved to a foreign land. In a way I had!
I took a shotgun trip up to Lake Tahoe this week. I live 99 miles from South Lake Tahoe and always kick myself for not going up there enough. People from all over the world travel to see this magnificent lake and region. I cruised up Highway 50 to Echo Summit where I sat on a rock and did a bit of stretching while taking in an incredible view of the lake from 7300 feet! It is absolutely stunning up there! I left Echo Summit and headed up the west side of the lake where I made my way towards Emerald Bay. I had just ridden a century on my bike around the lake a few years prior and was neat to drive the route. Very mountainous and difficult for a cyclist I tell you. Leaving Emerald Bay, I headed towards Truckee and took Highway 80 back home. Wonderful day. California is incredible.
I love coffee and it is huge now. Sacramento has a great little scene these days. I spent some time this week working on Apptology work at various local java shops. Broadacre, Tupelo, Peets were some I checked out. All of them were busy and do great business here in Sacramento. I had a great Rwandan at Broadacre. Tupelo is a popular Sacramento State hangout. Maybe in a few months , I will check out a few more.
Just returned from a shotgun trip to Lake Tahoe. It is 99 miles from my door. Hwy 50 winds its way through the Sierras up to 7300 feet at Echo Summit. The drive down from the summit to the Lake Tahoe basin is worth the drive alone. I drove through South Lake Tahoe, CA and Stateline, NV and made my way up the southeast side of the lake. Pulling the Honda off to the side of the road, I found this fantastic huge rock I could meditate on. It was perfect as it was in the woods overlooking the lake. It was so secluded, I was awaiting the sound of the click of the hammer….. a shotgun pointed at my head from some angry landowner. My fate was not to be gunplay on this fine day, it would be those dam buzzing black flies. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. They chased me all the way back to Sacto!
at 2500 feet! Before my injury, I took a glorious ride up to Foresthill, CA. This is a ride I have done countless times. This time was a bit different though. SNOW! Not snowing per se, but lots of snow on the ground. It was surreal to be cycling by piles of snow. The California sun shone brightly and the temperature was in the 60′s as I pedaled up to Foresthill from the American River Gorge. As they say, California is the only state you can ski and surf in the same day. They must add cycling in mountain snow to the mix! On this ride I descend down from Auburn, CA into the gorge then ascend up approximately 3000 feet to the small town of Foresthill, CA. I ride under and over the Foresthill Bridge, an absolutely stunning structure featured in a few movies. It is the highest bridge in CA and quite a bridge to traverse.
I cannot wait to get out there again. Something tells me I may be a few pounds heavier but will appreciate the ride so much more. Onwards!
Working left handed is quite a different feel! Not being able to swim, run, bike is a killer. Makes you appreciate it more huh? When gone? For sure. I watch cyclists ride by and I stare and certainly they think something is amiss. The one armed wonder is staring at me. I want to thank Jodie for all her help. Cutting your nails requires assistance from a loved one. Such great fun for her! I am slated to take part in the Donner Lake Triathlon in July but could miss it. We shall see as the doc stressed thinking long term and not risking it. In the meantime, I am trying to walk 3 miles a day and hitting exercise bike at Cal Fit.
Maybe I will go to Fleet Feet and look at shoes.
On another note: Check out Ryan Elmore’s blog: http://thelogcabin.wordpress.com/