Monday, March 31, 2008

I'm rider #1769 in the 2008 AIDS Lifecycle

I'm starting to get really excited for the Lifecycle which is coming up pretty quickly.  The AIDS lifecycle benefits the San Francisco AIDS foundation and provides funding for HIV services and advocacy right here in San Francisco.  It's the first week in June.  I'd really appreciate it if you pledged me if you haven't already. 

Click here to sponsor me for the 2008 AIDS Lifecycle


Monday, March 31

I was a little sore this morning from yesterday's ride but I headed off anyway.  I took Corbett to Portola to Woodside to Dewey to Taravel and down to the Coast.  I came up the Great Highway to Geary and then up to the Palace of the Legion of Honor.  I got a pic of that Di Suvero sculpture that I still don't get but I must admit it's growing on me because it's got such a feeling of momentum and movement to it:

Here's the museum in the cool morning light:

And me looking a little dewy:

This is the view from just below the Holocost Memorial across to Marin:

I took El Camino Del Mar to Lake to Arguello to Clay to Fillmore to Jackson where I saw this great stone mansion.  It's litlerally crumbling but it's so grand and so beautiful.  I like:

I took Jackson to Gough to Pacific to Powell to Jackson.  This the Chinese Hospital on Jackson between Powell and Stockton:

And this is the view down Jackson towards the Financial District from the same point:

I continued on Jackson to Montgomery to Clay to Sansome and into work.  
Sunday, March 30

Today was the Lifecycle Expo so I didn't have a training ride scheduled.  I took the opportunity to go for a nice long ride by myself.  It was lots and lots of fun.  I headed off over the bridge and then over to San Rafael and China Camp State Park.  The North Bay looked beautiful in the cool spring morning light:

I continued onto the Civic Center.  Which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and is all shades of fabulous.  I've never seen the inside but it's on my list:

Check out this beautiful detail:

I headed over to Lucas Valley Road and climbed to the top of the valley.  This is the view looking back towards San Rafael.  Stunning:

Then I dropped into Nicasio Valley, rode around the reservoir and headed up to the Cheese Factory.  The pond there was filled with people having picnics even though it was very windy and kind of cold:

I headed up a little further and then headed towards Marshall.  The valley is really pretty and has really great cycling:

Then I climbed to the top of the coastal mountains and the wind started becoming a definite problem.  I'm not heavy and I was worried I was going to get blown off my bike.  Here's the view from the top:

The wind didn't seem to bother these sheep:

I came down the mountain pretty slowly because it was so windy I was having trouble steering.  And it was kind of scary but I made it down and once I hit Bolinas Bay the wind was at my back.  Huzzah!  This is an old restaurant in Marshall that I think is vacant now:


And this is the beautiful Bolinas Bay:

And me with it in the background:

I headed down to Point Reyes Station and then Olema and then over the Olema hill and up San Geronimo Valley through Samuel P Taylor park.  Then over White's hill where half the people milling about look like small time drug dealers.  Could that even be possible??  It's wall to wall white trash!  In Marin!  Where do they live??  Do they bus them in from Contra Costa County?  Then I headed through Ross and over Camino Alto and stopped in at Mike's Bikes where super cute Jeff trimmed his beard a litlte and has regained a little of his hotness.  Keep working on that baby!  Then I headed back over the bridge and went home for dinner.  I was really tired but it had been a fun, fun day.

Bike Mileage:
Today                                   118.8
Week to date                        340.7
Month to date                    1,288.7
Year to date                      2,274.0

Remaining to Goal             7,726.0
Over (Under) plan              (185.0)

Saturday, March 29

Nathan and Daniel came over for lunch when I got back from biking. 
Nathan had a much better camera than I do and he took a lot of really
nice pics. And here they are:

Thinking about hating you:

These damn dogs are driving her to drink:

Daniel and Ashley really get along well together. 

Ashley actually managed to get tuckered out after a while.  I couldn't believe it either.  And it didn't last.

Here's Mr. Poe cookin'.  Hello gorgeous!

We went to the park where the dogs played and played:

He never complains about being tucked inside my jacket:

This is the one good picture I took.  It was easy!  Daniel always looks cute:

Nathan and Daniel headed off shopping and Mr. Poe and I headed down for dinner with friends on the Peninsula.  Fun day.

Bike Mileage:
Today                                    28.9
Week to date                        221.9
Month to date                    1,169.9
Year to date                      2,155.2

Remaining to Goal             7,844.8
Over (Under) plan              (276.5)

Saturday, March 29

It was still wet in the morning but the rain had stopped and it was starting to dry off.  I headed off 18th to Valencia and got a few shots of the new City College building that I'm so crazy about:

Loving this:

Especially this:

I continued on Valencia into Richland to Leese to Crescent to Agnon to Justin into Congdon to Silver to Cambridge to Bacon to Brussels where I spied this building.  It's currently the San Fransico Healing Center which is a holistic treatment center.  The building itself looks much older than anything around it. It looks 1870's to me.  Maybe it was a farmhouse or a country house.  It's big and sturdy but not too heavily detailed:

I continued on Bacon to San Bruno into Bayshore to Guadalupe Canyon Parkway.  I stopped halfway up to get some pics of Brisbane:

I took the Parkway into Daly City and then into East Market to San Pedro to Eastmoor to Westmoor to Skyline to the Great Highway to Geary to 34th and up to the Palace of the Legion of Honor.  The sun was starting to come out!

This is the Holocost Memorial from the Legion of Honor grounds:

I got on El Camino del Mar and took that to Lake to Arguello to Clay to Fillmore.  These prety Victorians are at Fillmore and Golden Gate:

I took Fillmore to Duboce to Sanchez to Market to 17th and then home.  I got a few shots of a new renovation they're doing on Ord Street.  This house which currently backs to Ord will be brought forward (I think) to Douglas Street on top of a new garage they're building and then a new home will be built on the Ord Stret side.  So exciting!