First Friday in April

I decided to go for  a ride on my Surly Friday, but didn’t know where. I called my riding buddy Dennis to see if he was up to riding. He’d hurt his back the previous Sunday and was laying off a little to recuperate. He said he wanted to ride, but he said he was going to be “slow”. I told him I’d be slow too, because  I  was riding my Surly. I should  known better than to believe him.

Poway to Ocean Beach and back

Poway to Ocean Beach and back

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Poway to Ocean Beach and back elevation profile

Poway to Ocean Beach and back elevation profile

I started out from Poway, then went out the Highway 56 bike path to Black Mountain Road. I went south on Black Mountain road and after making my way through the neighborhoods of Mira Mesa, stopped off at Dennis’ house. From there we head back over to Black Mountain road and went south, through Kearney Mesa, Linda Vista and finally on the OB bicycle path along the San Diego River.

Java Jungle

Java Jungle

We stopped off in Ocean Beach at one of our favorite coffee shops Java Jungle. We rested there and enjoyed the sites along the sidewalk.

Java Jungle Garden

Java Jungle Garden

Java Jungle has an nice garden out back, where you can soak up the sun, take advantage of the free Wifi and enjoy your favorite coffee drink.

Dennis in Java Jungle

Dennis in Java Jungle

Here’s Dennis enjoying the atmosphere at Java Jungle.

Looking south and west toward the Ocean Beach Pier. It was a beautiful day and the beach and sidewalks in Ocean Beach were teeming with people.

Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach

We decided to take a new route out of the Valley up onto the Mesas to get home. Here I posed for a picture on the Ocean Beach Bike Path, as we started back east along the river. I’m wearing my Fred outfit.

The Velo Rambler on OB Bike Path

The Velo Rambler on OB Bike Path

The flowers were in bloom all along the trail, adding a festive feeling to the otherwise glorious day. The sun was shining, not a cloud in the sky, despite the rain the day before. What a change one day can make. This is the view of “slow riding” Dennis, that I had most of the day. 🙂

Beautiful Spring Day

Beautiful Spring Day

There were whole banks of flowers along the path.

Flowers Everywhere

Flowers Everywhere

When we got up on Kearney Mesa we rode along Ruffin Road. We passed the Studio Diner. The angle of the picture is a result of trying to photograph while riding. I need more practice. I tried to fix it in an image manipulation program, but it looked worse afterward, so I just decided to leave it. It’s artistic, yeah, that’s what it is. 😉

Studio Diner

Studio Diner

It doesn’t get much better than this. A beautiful spring Friday afternoon, bicycling through San Diego County. Perfect weather, good company and the best fun you can have on two wheels. Sorry you can’t all be here. Wherever you are, get out there and ride! It’s spring! 🙂

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2 comments to First Friday in April

  • Bob Groff

    Hey Neil:

    Great writing, good site, keep me on the list you ol rambler ! We came back from 4 days in Ventura with over 148 EM’s. The others got deleted, but you da man and got pulled out of the slew of useless EM’s sent by my sedentary, retired friends that need to do what you’re doing ! As the RECYCLERS mantra says;

    ‘KEEP RIDIN !’

    Da Ambassador
    http://www.sdrecyclers.org

  • Great ride report, best I can do any more is our club’s donut ride… 6 miles each way to and from a bakery. About 40 people today, an early rain scared many of them away but it was clear when the ride left at 9:03. We have a Fred Kamp day each July to honor (abuse) the guy who started the ride some 30 years ago and has led it nearly every week since.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPSCO3Jmy6k

    Jim

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