Archive for October, 2011

Ambrosia Ride by wildwes49

October 16, 2011

Sunday, 16 October 2011:  Today’s ride began at Liberty Park in Cerritos, CA.  Our ride took us down South Street to the LA River Bike Trail and continued to the shoreline in Long Beach.  We followed the coast to Junipero where we headed inland a couple of blocks to Ambrosia Cafe for breakfast.  After breakfast we continued on Broadway and a few other streets until we got to Bellflower Blvd.  We headed north on Bellflower Blvd and right on Spring St to the San Gabriel River Bike Trail, which we took the rest of the way back to Liberty Park.  It was an easy ride at a comfortable pace.  You can view the details of today’s ride by clicking on the link below.  

Ambrosia Ride by wildwes49 at Garmin Connect – Details.

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Lake Dining & 6 Mile Downhill by wildwes49

October 16, 2011

Saturday, 15 October 2011:  Today I met with 6 other members of my bike club SCORccc at I-HOP near John Wayne Airport.  The ride took us on many rolling hills through Mission Viejo and into Rancho Santa Margarita where we had lunch at Carmelita’s www.carmelitasrestaurant.com (you may have to type it in the address bar manually)  (949) 709-7600.  They had a great menu and we enjoyed our lunch while relaxing with a great view of Santa Margarita Lake.  Our return trip was rewarded with many miles of downhill cycling.  On some of the ride my Garmin computer wasn’t working right so some of the times might be a little off on my Garmin link.  I did correct the distance and the map of the ride is correct so you can see where the ride actually went.  I have a couple of pictures of the restaurant, one of us leaving the restaurant and one rider camouflaged in the fall trees.  For details of today’s ride you can click on the link below the pictures.

Lake Dining & 6 Mile Downhill by wildwes49 at Garmin Connect – Details.

Long Beach Loop then Huntington Beach by wildwes49

October 15, 2011

Friday, 14 October 2011:  This morning my ride started from Seal Beach, CA.  I rode up the San Gabriel River Bike Trail to meet some cycling friends.  From there we rode back down the San Gabriel Bike Trail to Downtown Long Beach for breakfast at Park Pantry.  After breakfast we continued our ride to the Los Angeles River Bike Trail.  When we got to Del Amo Blvd, I left the group and rode with one of my friends to his house for a visit.  After a nice visit with him and his wife I returned to Seal Beach and was greeted by another friend who asked me if I wanted to do a little more riding.  I had only ridden about 37 miles so far so he and I rode down the coast to the Santa Ana River in Huntington Beach and back giving me a total of about 60 miles for the day.  You can view the details of today’s ride by clicking on the link below:

Long Beach Loop then Huntington Beach by wildwes49 at Garmin Connect – Details.

Bike Ride to Eggs Etc by wildwes49

October 13, 2011

Wednesday, 12 October 2011:  This morning I left from Seal Beach, CA and cycled north on the San Gabriel River Trail about 8 miles to Liberty Park in Cerritos where I met with 11 cyclists from my bike club, SCORccc.  Our ride went south on the San Gabriel River Trail and followed the coast north to Downtown Long Beach where we had breakfast at Eggs Etc on 6th and Redondo.  After enjoying our breakfast we headed back to Liberty Park using surface streets.  I stayed with the group all the way back to Liberty Park and then returned to Seal Beach, also on surface streets.  It was a relaxing ride and the weather was warm but very nice.  You can click on the link below to view the details of today’s ride.

Bike Ride to Eggs Etc by wildwes49 at Garmin Connect – Details.

JACOBSON EXPRESS IS PUBLISHED

October 11, 2011

Monday, 10 October 2011:  After many months of consolidating my blog with my wife Judy’s daily journal, and compiling the pictures to coincide with the text, our book, JACOBSON EXPRESS is now published and ready for purchase at BLURB.com.  The book details both Judy’s and my perspective of the 10,000 mile bike ride I did around the United States to raise awareness and donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  The link below will take you to the website where you can preview and/or purchase the book.

http://www.blurb.com/books/2552654

Long Beach Marathon and Bike Ride by wildwes49

October 9, 2011

Sunday, 9 October 2011:  Today I was up and ready to ride before sunrise.  My friend Eric met me in Seal Beach and we rode a couple of miles before we met with Mike and Marvie, a couple more friends from my bike club, SCORccc.  At 4:45 AM we continued our ride to downtown Long Beach for their annual Marathon and Bike Ride.  On the way there, Mike got a flat tire.  It is a good thing we started our ride early so we have enough time to fix the flat.  While we were fixing the flat tire, Lance, another member of our club rode past.  He stopped to visit as we continued with the flat repair.  We then all continued to the start line and got ourselves in position for the ride.  There were thousands of riders there ready to ride at the start time of 6:00 AM.  Even with all the riders, it was not as chaotic as I had expected.  After only a few miles, Eric decided to take off ahead of us.  The rest of us tried to stay together.  At one point, Mike got hit by another rider.  She also took 3 other riders down and then just kept on going without stopping.  We waited for Mike a little while, but he disappeared from sight and it was too crowded to go back to get him.  We continued our ride with no further incidences and Mike caught up with us just a few miles before the end of the ride.  Afterwards, we relaxed and listened to a small band and checked out a few of the vendors before getting back on our bikes and heading home.  This ride has numerous charities that you can choose from to donate to.  My charity of choice for this ride is the Alpenglow Hospice which helps the terminally ill live the remainder of their lives in dignity.  Their website is http://www.alpenglowhospicefoundation.com.  In the picture are my friends, Eric, Lance, Mike and Marvie.  You can check the stats of today’s ride by clicking on the link at the end of this post. 

Long Beach Marathon and Bike Ride by wildwes49 at Garmin Connect – Details.

Beach BBQ Ride by wildwes49

October 9, 2011

Saturday, 8 October 2011:  I got on my bike this morning and rode from Seal Beach, CA to Huntington Beach for a Beach BBQ Ride put on by my bike club, SCORccc.  They had several rides to choose from.  I chose the 48 mile ride through north Orange County and some of LA County.  There were 5 of us in our group and we held a pretty decent pace.  At the end of the ride we all enjoyed a great BBQ and fellowship with friends.  After eating all that good food, I cycled up to Long Beach to sign up for the Long Beach Marathon/Bike Ride that I will be doing tomorrow.  It is a ride for charity and there is a list of charities that you can choose from to benefit from your ride.  My charity of choice for this ride is Alpenglow Hospice.  It is a not-for-profit organization providing the terminally ill the opportunity to live their final days with dignity.  You can find out more about this organization by going to their website at:  http://www.alpenglowhospicefoundation.com.  To view the stats of today’s ride you can click on the link below:

Beach BBQ Ride by wildwes49 at Garmin Connect – Details.

River Ride to Montebello by wildwes49

October 7, 2011

Friday, 7  October 2011:  I started today’s ride in Seal Beach and rode up the San Gabriel River Trail to meet with some of my cycling friends.  We rode back down the San Gabriel River to Downtown Long Beach where we had breakfast at the Park Pantry.  After breakfast we took the Los Angeles River Trail and Rio Hondo to Montebello.  On our return trip we headed south on the San Gabriel River Trail.  One  by one, each of the riders exited the bike trail when they got close to their start point.  After the last one departed, I continued on the River Trail until I got to the Willow Street exit.  I then made a detour to go visit with my son.  While I was there his girlfriend and her mom also came by and we all had a good visit.  I then headed back to Seal Beach arriving there with a total of 66 miles for the day.  You can view the details of today’s ride by clicking on the link below:

River Ride to Montebello by wildwes49 at Garmin Connect – Details.

Preview of Long Beach Bike Tour by wildwes49

October 6, 2011

Thursday, 6 October 2011:  This morning I rode from Seal Beach to the Long Beach Convention Center where they will be having their annual marathon and bike ride this coming Sunday, 9 October.  This event has many charities that you can choose to donate to.  My charity of choice is Aplenglow Hospice and I will be riding my bike on the 26 mile course.  I downloaded the route to the 26 mile course and took a preview ride to check the mileage at each turn point and to see the route first hand before doing the actual event.  It will be dark when we start the actual ride on Sunday so today I took a few pictures of sights you may see on this ride.  Below you will see the Catalina Express, a boat that takes you to Catalina Island.  Across the bay is a nice restaurant with a great view.  We circle around the lighthouse and go past the Long Beach Aquarium.  As we cycle along the beach bike path you can see the Queen Mary next to the Spruce Goose Dome.  We also ride through the Long Beach State University and pass by their famous pyramid.  They are expecting a large crowd on Sunday and it should be a lot of fun.  I will try to take some more pictures during and after the actual ride.  After I completed the course, I returned to Seal Beach with about 40 miles.  There is a link under the pictures that you can click on to view the stats of today’s ride.

Preview of Long Beach Bike Tour by wildwes49 at Garmin Connect – Details.