Monday, March 28, 2005

Table Mountain

Cycling Sonoma, Marin, Napa counties

My daughter, Hahna and I went on a challenging and beautiful ride to Table Mountain in Oroville, California. Hahna chose the route because she had heard the wild flowers atop Table Mountain were in bloom - we were not disappointed. Little did we know, however, when we set off around noon, that we'd be climbing 1050 feet along a 5.5 mile stretch up the mountain. The ride was a 25 mile loop from and for the most part was flat - except for the challenging and long section from the base to the top of the Mountain. I've attached a few pictures that were taken the following day , but I must say that the pictures do not do it justice- the wild flowers were breathtaking. By the way, the loop that we did happens to be a section of the 100 mile Wildflower Century Ride coming up on April 24th. Gail, Hahna & I will be participating again this year as we did last year. More about that to come........

Robin's Table Mountain wild flower ride Posted by Hello

Cows on Table Mountain Posted by Hello

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Barrell Tasting Dry Creek Valley

Wonderful, wonderful day!!!! This is the third year that Robin and I have riden down West Dry Creek the first weekend in March. I remember the date because every year I say, "I wish my sister was here to celbrate her birthday" (March 1st). Well, this year she came to town and joined us on our bicycling ride of the Dry Creek Barrell Tasting. It was truly a glorious day. I heard one of the pourers say it was a "golden day" and indeed it was.
I must say I'm very impressed with my sister Teri. She hasn't ridden in some time and has done nothing to prepare for this ride. She did great! She kept up with us the whole time and passed us right off the bat just to let us know what was what! She even finished the last five miles or so with a flat tire!
I love this event, it's like a traveling party. Many if not most of the wineries serve food, some have music, they are all happy to have you there and very generous. There seemed to be more people and cars than in the past years. While it seemed a little too crowded at times, we had a great time and were able to "share the road" with all the drivers.

Teri and Rob, we're on our way! Posted by Hello

West Dry Creek Road..... Posted by Hello

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Teri and Rob heading to the barrell room.... Posted by Hello

Shamb winery Posted by Hello

court yard at Posted by Hello

Robin & Gail....... Posted by Hello

Paella!! oh my gawd it was delicious! Posted by Hello

making paella..... Posted by Hello

lovely grounds....... Posted by Hello

such a beautiful day! Posted by Hello

after lunch at Passalaque Winery Posted by Hello

Heading back.......ouch my booty hurts! Posted by Hello

woooo, wooo!!!!!!! we made it, 22miles!!!..even with a flat tire! Posted by Hello

Teri talking to Matt after a long ride..... Posted by Hello

Champagne at the end of a great day!!! Posted by Hello