Monday, September 30, 2013

AFCCC -Day 2 - Santa Cruz to Monterey

Stats - 53 miles, 2000 feet of climbing, max only 35 ��

What a luxury to sleep inside the Santa Cruz HS gym on thick wresting mats.  We were not only comfortable but we did not have to set up our tents for one night.  What a nice dry night ;-)

Team Also Touch Day -  we lined to get a photo of the team before we cruised out I camp.  We have 8 official members and tons of unofficial ones ;-). Welcome to the team 

So today we were cruising back to the lighthouse (as we normally do for a little off-touring) but there was a triathlon going on by the boardwalk.  Now those are amazing arhletes!!  The boardwalk is so peaceful in the morning and has a different view whine it is empty!

More beautiful coastline and the start of strawberry and lettuce fields. What a beautiful smell! 

So in this route you cannot go by Moss landing without stopping at Phil's Seafiod and having a  lunch!  Nice!

The best part of today was turning the corner on the Monterey Recreation Trail and see the sand dunes, the ocean and Monterey in the background - SPECTACULAR!!!  Maria and I took a lot of pictures at this spot.

One last note - we had a pleasant surprise from Jerry and Diane Hall who came up the steep hill to visit us!  We reminisced about the Hancock neighborhood - block parties, the hike, taking pictures of the kids on the 1st day if school, etc.  Great times but even better people!

CCC Day 1 - San Francisco to Santa Cruz

Stats - 86 miles 3800 feet of climbing, max speed 43mph along Beautiful Hwy 1

What a Goegeous and clear day out of San Francisco! No fog, no clouds, just sun.  The Golden Gate Bridge was spectacular. . After a healthy breakfast of eggs, sausage and oatmeal (and a group picture), we were on our way up and down the hills of SF and Pacifica. This is the first year we went through thenewly built tunnel at Devil's Slide! It was amazing and a slight downlhill to boot!

So, after getting out of the tunnel, we saw some kite-boarding along coast as we ride into HMB (Half Moon Bay).  If you have never seen that, it is amazing to watch as the wind catches their kite and lifts them and their board off the water.

From here to the end, we had about 45miled of rolling hills with a tailwind in the last 20 miles.  All in all, a great day!

t is amazing that even after doing this ride for the past 6 years (this is my 7th), you are still in awe of the beauty of God's creation.  It never gets old and it brings up new insights!

Friday, September 27, 2013

One More Day! Tomorrow we begin again!

I can't believe it's been a whole year since we were on this ride.  Time flies so quickly  and we wonder where it goes! 

It was wonderful to see old faces from over the 7 years that we have been doing the ride and newbies - the first year riders.  It is different when you talk to each group, but there are 2 things that are the same - excitement for the ride down the coast and anticipation for what is coming.  Now the anticipation is different for both.  The newbies do not know what lies ahead and what to expect, while those who have done the ride are also wondering if things have changed.  One thing is for sure, we all will ride tomorrow and we all will ride for a cure for arthritis!  Good night and enjoy the view of the Golden Gate Bridge at night... 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

CCC 2013 Promotional Video - < 1 week to go!!

1 week to go! 1 week to go!!!

1 week to go!  1 week to go!  I can't believe it is here already!  Next Saturday we start our ride from SF to LA!  We have one more long ride (about 65-70 miles on Saturday) and then next week is a tapering week!

The picture above is the route we take from San Francisco all the way to LA (Santa Monica to be exact).  Keep us in your thoughts and prayers!  If you would like to donate, please visit the following sites for Maria and myself:

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CCC 2013 Promotional Video - < 1 week to go!!

Two Weeks Away

It is only 2 weeks away and we're training hard to get ready.  Even though we have done this before, there is still the excitement of what to expect and also looking forward to seeing old friends again.

Last weekend we rode 60 miles from Saratoga to Boulder Creek and up through Big Basin.  What a tough, but beautiful ride!   Only 2 more weeks!