Thursday, October 30, 2008

Anniversary Travels #1

Well, it's time to hit the road again. We're heading to Pacific Grove for the weekend in celebration of our 28th anniversary. Weather is looking like we'll have some rain. It's raining here too so we might as well go & have fun. More later.

Friday, September 5, 2008

The Trip South

About 0530, August 29 we were on the road south. We had a very nice, uneventful trip down I-5 to La Puente. Checking the mileage after we got home, this part, before the the 'Ridge', was our best mileage. Cruise was set at 65 & the road is basically flat with a few rolling hills. Our average for the entire trip was just under 27 mpg. I think this is very good for a Taurus wagon with 95,000 miles. Our worst was the trip to San Diego. When traffic allowed, the cruise was on at 65 on the freeways. We stopped at the Apricot Tree Restaurant to eat. We're not stopping again. We arrived in La Puente early afternoon. Next trip down we will take I-210 again but stay on it & exit at Irwindale Ave which becomes Sunset Ave. We left this way & it was easier than all the freeway interchanges getting to Joyce's.
We had dinner with all of our SoCal girls & George at a local Japanese restaurant. Good food.
We stayed at Joyce's house in Geraldine's bed so Geraldine went to Aunt Wendi's.
Saturday, about 1020 we left for San Diego. Miserable trip in 'rush hour' traffic most of the way until we crossed the San Diego county line. Very nice service for Mary Jo & a good visit with Reuben. We had gone down I-5, we came back on I-15/I-60, a much better trip.
We left about 0930 for the trip home. We stopped at a local Chevron to fill up & got the car washed while we were there. We were on the road at 1010 with a very clean car. We arrived home at 1810. We stopped in Tulare at Apple Annie's to eat. We can stop there again. We filled up in Lodi. I could have made it home without stopping, although it would have been close & Betty was getting nervous.
A very good trip & lots of time to play with our Yniquez grand kids & visit with Joyce, George & Wendi.

Monday, August 25, 2008

el Tour of the Scenic East Bay

Yes, the Tour was scenic. And hilly. And fun. This ride is also called Bike Against the Odds, a fund raiser for The Breast Cancer Fund ( The ride is put on with the help of the Oakland Yellowjackets. They did a splendid job. I did the 52 mile route with 4000 feet of climbing. Lots of hills, great views. I was part of the Sacramento Rocket Riders team.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Trip North

We were on the road about 0615 yesterday. The trip was pleasantly uneventful. Nice drive. Traffic was light most of the time away from large towns. A lot of road/bridge work going on in Oregon. We did get stuck waiting to get by two crashes in Oregon. They got us to our hotel about an hour later than planned. The good part is they only cost us a little time.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Ford

Sunday Jason looked & listened to the Ford & said 'don't drive it until we fix it'. Oh, good. Monday we rented a Saturn VUE from Hertz so Betty wouldn't be stranded. Tuesday I bought the parts. What started out as routine parts buying from NAPA turned south. I ended up getting the parts from the local Ford dealer. We put on a new A/C clutch. We also put on a new belt while we were at it. Jason & I went to his job & re-charged the a/c system. His boss didn't charges us for the refrigerant, a very nice surprise. (Five Star Auto Repair, Five Star Blvd.-Jason is normally off Wednesday & Sunday.) It's really a blessing to have an auto tech in the family. Today I washed the Ford so we will have a clean car to get dirty on I-5.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Monday ride

I got away from the house just after 0630 headed for the club ride start at 5 Points. I did the regular route to get on the ARBT at Estates Drive. Heading down river I look for Paul, when I see him I know it's time to turn around & head to the ride start. I met up with him before Howe Ave today. The ride went to Beal's Point & back down across the river to Karen's. The sky was blue instead of smokey like it has been for weeks. Beautiful day.
Miles 63, ride time 4:04

Sunday, July 13, 2008


My out-of-town kids, & most of their kids, are coming to town for a week. Lots of activities have been planned, including a bike ride with Dad. Yes!! I was going to suggest it & thought there was no way the boys would agree. Then one of them suggested it. That will be a fun day. Included on the list of activities are bowling & kayaking, too. The grand-kids have enjoyed these in previous years. All of the kids/grand-kids will be here one night for dinner (my birthday). My sister Jeanne & Gwen will be here for a couple of days, arriving on my birthday for dinner. I'm anxious to see my sister.

Oregon Trip

We are planning a trip to Oregon City to visit family. One of my cousins has recently married his high school sweetheart & we are going to join the celebration. We are driving straight up & returning by way of the Oregon & California coast, spending a night in Crescent City. It should be a fun trip.