Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Hopland to Ukiah (Talmadge) 30 + miles.......

I love this ride. We did the same ride last fall when the vineyards were in color...beautiful shades of red and orange. This spring everything is green and blue with spots of golden poppies.
We stopped at Fetzer Winery to check out the gardens. The vegetable garden is still in its winter mode with some spinach and lettuce and maybe beets?? The rest of the garden has been nicely groomed. How nice to have a staff of full time gardeners.
We continued our ride north to Ukiah and stopped at the Buddhist University. We went inside and checked out the gift shop and bathrooms. It's interesting; absolutely nothing fancy. Actually a little rough. Robin and I were speculating about what the building or compound of buildings was before. We assume the buildings were built and use for other purposes and then taken over for the Buddhist University. Once you pass through the ornate gate the buildings are probably late 50's/60's vintage??? From the postcards offered for sale I take it there is a collection of 1,000 Buddahs somewhere on the property. Dressed in our riding shorts and bright yellow jackets we were dressed appropriately to visit the shrine.
We ended our ride in Hopland and shared a sandwich and salad at the Bluebird Cafe.


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