Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Our Valentine’s Day

We went sight seeing.

   The moment we woke up, we could see the blue sky through the skylight in our bedroom. It was going to be a nice day! In this bright sunshine and under the clear sky, we took in the beautiful view of the pine ridges on the Hastings Grade to Pescadero, the rolling hills on Stage Rd, the breaking waves on Hwy 1, and the blooming valley on Lobitos Creek Rd, etc.

I got flowers.

   Erik pointed out the blooming wild flowers to me along the way. They were oh so beautiful. And they were so many. Thank you, honey!

We dined out.

   At the deli in that market at Skyline and Hwy 84 junction, I ordered stir fried rice and chicken drumsticks and Erik ordered Lasagna served in Styrofoam lunch boxes. That was the best stir fried rice I had ever had! Yummy. (Be warned: do not just show up there hoping to have the best fried rice; you need to ride 45+ miles of hills first.)

We had serious fun together.

   Climbing up OLH at the end of the day, I started out right behind him, but half way up, I pulled up to his side trying to pass and he quickened his pace. The second half of the ride saw us huffing and puffing, struggling not to get dropped by the other person and not to let the other person get ahead. I thought to myself, “Bastard, just let me pass already!” And the bubble above his head clearly read, “Woman, back off. Let me catch my breath!” When we crossed the line at the top almost at the same time, we both were about to collapse. That was some serious fun there.

So, there you have it: we spent our Valentine’s Day doing a road ride on our favorite loop: Home -> Hastings Grade -> Pescadero -> Stage Rd -> St. Gregorio -> Stage Rd -> Tunitas Creek Rd -> Lobitos Creek Rd -> Tunitas Creek Rd -> Star Hill -> Swett Rd -> Skyline -> 84 -> Portola Rd -> Sand Hill -> OLH -> 84 -> Home.  (58.3 mi /  6658′)

P.S. He did bring me flowers home earlier, and he bought me a cute Life Is Good long sleeve T-shirt. Life is good!

World Champion Cadel Evans has this to say about the ride to Pescadero:

Dropping down to Pescadero, we witnessed the reminiscence of the recent winter storms.

Love is… I let you share a rocking chair with me.

4 Responses

  1. sisiter Qon 15 Feb 2010 at 2:36 am

    A lovely day!Best wishes to you! 😉

  2. Patrick Herlihyon 15 Feb 2010 at 1:04 pm

    OK too funny.. on the same day I rode OLH-wOLH-Stage-Tunitas-Lobitos Cutoff-Lobitos-Tunitas. I’m actually amazed we didn’t run into eachother given our propensity for doing so 🙂

  3. mudwormon 15 Feb 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I was no where near your speed; that, and with our late start, I was not surprised at all that we didn’t run into each other. But it was funny indeed! Where will I run into you next time?

  4. mudwormon 15 Feb 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Same to you, my dear sister!